(OAKLAND) Several Riverside High School students were among over 80,000 students across the country who participated in the 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge organized by the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Education.
Thirteen Riverside students were recognized as being among the top 20% of all students taking the voluntary online exam nationally. The highest achieving students included; Kevin Collins, Dannielle Easton, Jacie Feigenbutz, Brea Fender, RJ Griger, John Gunderson, Clay Harris, Mack Housman, Samantha Keast, Alexander McLaughlin, Joshua Mills, Marissa Rose, and Elisabeth Seifert. Additionally, students who scored in the top 10% of the nation were given special recognition, and two students from Riverside achieved this honor: Jacie Feigenbutz and Alexander McLaughlin.
Additionally, as part of the National Financial Capability Challenge, students as well as school districts were eligible for a drawing for scholarship money and prizes. Riverside received a $1,000 cash prize from Iowa Student Loan, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Jump$tart, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, and the Iowa College Access Network. Schools that had at least one student who scored in the top 20% of the Challenge were entered into a drawing for one of 30 cash prizes of $1,000. The money should be used for scholarship funding as well as improving and continuing financial literacy education at Riverside.