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New program gives students a taste of reality

New program gives students a taste of reality

By Chris Forte, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.

May 16, 2014

On Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 students participated in Reality U, a program intended to educate high school students about the intricacies of budgeting finances as an adult. Ms. Carol Ann Washer, one of the teachers whose classes participated in the program, describes it as a “big picture of budgeting after hig...

Through financial struggle, hope still shines

Through financial struggle, hope still shines

By Sarah Foster, Mattoon HS, Mattoon, Ill.

March 11, 2014

To others, it would be considered far from perfect. But for them, it couldn’t have been better. The Gentry family, circled in a cluster of chairs, looks back on those days. It’s felt as if a century has passed since they ate dinner in a restaurant. They used to go bowling whenever they wanted...

Financial education prepares students for future

Financial education prepares students for future

By Erica Spaeth, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 17, 2014

Senior Emily is in the mall debating whether to buy the cute sweater she has been eyeing. She is headed to college next year and is worried about her finances. If she cannot handle this small situation, how will she conserve her money in college? Questions start to cloud her head. How much will it cost...

Automo-bills: Fewer teens are hitting the road

Automo-bills: Fewer teens are hitting the road

By Abby Christensen, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

January 9, 2014

When she turned 16, the first thing that came to mind for Elizah Becker was taking the driving exam to receive her license, empowering her to go wherever she pleased without relying on pestering parents to be her chauffeurs. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, driving is not as popular with...

Minnesota Viking helps spread financial literacy

Minnesota Viking helps spread financial literacy

By Kyle Makey, Hopkins HS, Minnetonka, Minn.

January 6, 2014

This morning, the Hopkins High School media center was transformed into an NFL Financial Football stadium. Sixty students, teachers and NFL personnel attended to hear Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings was here on behalf of the NFL and NFLPA in partnership with Visa to help promote...

Virtual currency Bitcoin gains popularity

Virtual currency Bitcoin gains popularity

By Mustafa Bal, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

December 16, 2013

A new type of online virtual currency, Bitcoins, is becoming more and more popular in the public eye. Bitcoins work like any other type of currency, but contain many remarkable differences from the cash we’re used to. “I learned about bitcoins last year when they were worth $14 each,” sophomore...