Topeka, KS- Students, parents, faculty and staff gathered last Monday in the Wamego High Auditorium for the high school awards ceremony honoring students for academic as well as athletics achievements, and recognizing scholarship awards to many of the high school seniors. One presentation included the participation of some guests from the state of Kansas.
Staff members from the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, as well as a representative from EverFi, a national education technology company, attended the ceremony to help award 50 high school students with financial literacy certificates for completing the Kansas Financial Scholars Program. Out of the 50 students, 38 students were seniors graduating this year.
The Kansas Securities Commissioner, as well as the State Bank Commissioner, partners with local banks to sponsor the EverFi Kansas Financial Scholars Program for all Kansas schools at no charge to the schools. “We feel that financial literacy is a critical skill for our Kansas youth to start learning at an early age,” said Josh Ney, Interim Securities Commissioner. “Our office is pleased to see schools like Wamego High making financial education a priority in their classrooms.”
Hayden Wolf, a senior at Wamego High School, had this to say about the program, “I have taken multiple business classes from my former high school and here at Wamego High. EverFi presented similar information, but in a real-life context. I was able to use the knowledge I gained from traditional classrooms and EverFi, and utilize it in real-world simulations through their interactive program.”
The Kansas Financial Scholars Program is a web-based curriculum that uses the latest in new media technologies. The 10-unit course is aligned to the Kansas State Standards and offers co-curricular programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. First National Bank in Wamego is the primary sponsor of the program for Wamego High School.
“I appreciate First National Bank providing the opportunity for us to utilize this program in our high school,” said Karen Hynek, Business and Technology instructor at Wamego High. “We strive to have our students as prepared as possible for life after graduation, including being sound stewards of their finances. EverFi is a tool students can utilize to provide that extra financial literacy polish.” Hynek said it is their goal to have all high schools seniors certified in financial literacy next year.
For questions about the program, visit the Securities Commissioner’s website at ksc.ks.gov.