From left to right, Margaret Ann Pirtle, Isaac Baxter, Jaye Henderson, Lijah Rollins and William Logan.

HHS finance team qualifies for national competition

By Blake Drummond

For the Enquirer

 

April 11, a team of personal finance students from Hartselle High School won first place in the State Personal Finance Challenge in Tuscaloosa.

The team consisted of four members who underwent different stages of qualifying and competing to walk away victors of the challenge, beating out teams from high school across the state. Members of the winning team were Isaac Baxter, Jaye Henderson, Lijah Rollins and William Logan.

HHS finance teacher Margaret Ann Pirtle said her class and the competitions are more about preparing students for life than they are about test scores and making the grade.

“I’m not prepping them for just a test. I’m preparing them for things they will use every day for the rest of their lives,” Pirtle said.

Students are given a qualifying test in March to determine whether they will proceed on to compete in the state challenge. Out of 238 teams – a total of 950 students – that took the qualifying test, only 26 teams totaling 104 students qualified for state. Hartselle High School had eight teams take the test in March, with seven of those eight teams qualifying for state in Tuscaloosa.

Isaac Baxter said he and his team were proud of their accomplishments and the opportunity to represent Hartselle High School. “I’m very proud of my team. We all worked very hard to win this championship, and we are all very proud to have the chance to represent the state of Alabama,” Baxter said.

The team will compete May 10-11 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for the national title.

 

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