SANTA ROSA, Texas – A group of financially shrewd students from Santa Rosa High School won first place in the Building Financial Capacity Coalition “Money Smart” competition. The district’s release said each member will take home his or her share of the $1,000 cash prize.
Senior Uriah Aldape, sophomore Kenadee Marroquin, freshman Lexus Perez and senior Paola Trevino won the contest in the Upper Valley School District division for their “Financial Literacy Project & Nearpod Game” presentation. Their presentation taught about the importance of having a good credit score in a fun and interactive way.
Aldape, Marroquin, Perez and Trevino are financial literacy ambassadors at their school. They take what they learn from the BFCC program and teach their peers about banking, credit scores, interest rates and other money-related matters. The goal is to empower high school students with the knowledge they need to wisely manage their present and future earnings and assets.
Other students won a $250 cash prize from the BFCC “Smart Money” raffle. All high school students who completed a minimum of four Money Smart models were entered. According to Bertha Mireles, Santa Rosa High School financial literacy advisor, winners of the competition receive cash to either start a savings account or build up an existing savings account.
All the financial literacy ambassadors at SRHS will also receive a $50 stipend from BFCC. There are seven total ambassadors: seniors Uriah Aldape, Cameron Cuevas, Dante Rios and Paola Trevino; sophomores Noah Cuevas and Kenadee Marroquin; and freshman Lexus Perez, said the release.
The BFCC financial literacy program is part of the Afterschool Centers on Education program at SRHS.
To learn more about the BFCC ambassador program or to schedule a financial literacy presentation, email here.