WS wins financial education video challenge

Posted April 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

A team of students from West Sioux High School in Hawarden has been named the first-place winner in the 3rdAnnual Iowa Financial Literacy Program (IFLP) Video CLiP Challenge.

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The West Sioux team of (l-r:) Kaylee Schreiner, Alyssa Mandicino and Grace Egenes has been named the first place winner in the Third Annual Iowa Financial Literacy Program (IFLP) Video CLiP Challenge.

Students Alissa Mandicino, Grace Egenes, Kaylee Schreiner and Chelby Miner, under the guidance of their teacher, Melinda Bak, created the video, “Making Good Decisions,” about the importance of making smart financial decisions.

As a result of their winning entry, West Sioux High School will be awarded a $1,000 technology grant and the students will receive $250 for their team to share, courtesy of EverFi, Inc.

Iowa College Aid and EverFi launched the IFLP Video CLiP Challenge earlier this year and are announcing the winners to kick off April’s Financial Literacy Awareness Month, dedicated to promoting financial education among young people.

Iowa high school students were challenged to create short videos, up to three minutes in length, to inform their peers about a financial literacy topic.

“In the very near future, these students will be making major decisions regarding paying for higher

education, establishing their own households and applying for credit. These choices will have a lasting impact on their lives,” said Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid. “I was impressed with all of the IFLP Video CLiP Challenge entries and how the students applied what they have learned to educate their peers on the importance of making smart financial decisions. I offer my sincere congratulations to the students at West Sioux High School on their winning video, which is creative, informative and relatable to their peers.”

Financial literacy is a key initiative for Iowa College Aid. Developed by EverFi, Inc., the Iowa Financial Literacy Program is sponsored statewide by Iowa College Aid, and co-sponsored locally by over 50 financial institutions.

In 2010, Iowa College Aid launched the Iowa Financial Literacy Program to help prepare Iowa high school students to make smart financial decisions before going to college or entering the workforce. This

award-winning online platform, provided at no cost to Iowa high schools, uses the latest in new media technologies to teach, assess and certify high school students in over 600 core concepts of personal finance.

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“Iowa College Aid and EverFi have partnered together since 2010 to bring critical financial literacy education to over 30,000 students across Iowa,” said Tom Davidson, founder and CEO of EverFi. “We are delighted that Iowa College Aid is extending the impact of these critical financial lessons through the IFLP Video CLiP Challenge.”

The winning video from West Sioux High School, as well as those receiving honorable mention from West Liberty High School and Sigourney High School, can be accessed from Iowa College Aid’s website, www.IowaCollegeAid.gov. More information about the Iowa Financial Literacy Program is also available at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov, or by calling Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456.

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