- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2016

Students at a Howard County high school last week beat out several thousand other teams across the country in a competition to demonstrate personal financial lessons they’ve learned in school.

Howard County’s Applications and Research Lab, a business and technology focused high school, beat out nearly 4,000 teams nationally in a qualifying round and then went on to claim victory over 23 other teams to win in the finals.

The school’s national team was led by adviser Maddy Halbach and was comprised of students Austin Adamczyk, Brooke Rankin, Johnathan Taylor and Matthew Poltorak.

The National Personal Finance Challenge was hosted by the Missouri Council on Economic Education at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.

A month before their win in the finals, the team beat out 28 teams across Maryland to take the state title in a competition run by the Maryland Council on Economic Education.

Maryland’s Personal Finance Challenge lets students show off their knowledge of personal finance, including investing, credit and money management. M&T bank served as a sponsor for the statewide event.

“Having one of our teams from Maryland win the National Personal Finance Challenge speaks volumes to the success that can be achieved when the Maryland Council on Economic Education provides educators with content knowledge and resources that enable them to effectively provide economic and personal finance education to their students,” said Mary Ann Hewitt, executive director of Maryland Council on Economic Education.

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