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July 2, 2015

State Treasurer Young Boozer announces winner of state personal finance challenge – 4/26/2011

State Treasurer Young Boozer and the Alabama Council on Economic Education are pleased to announce Brookwood High School’s Team #3 as the winner of the state’s first-ever Personal Finance Challenge. As Alabama’s top-scoring team, they will go on to compete against 15 other state champions in the National Personal Finance Challenge in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 16.

“This is very exciting for my accounting students,” said Jackie Emplaincourt, Career Technology Instructor at Brookwood High School and a 22-year teaching veteran. “The push toward making students more financially literate and responsible is what we’re doing in all of our Career Technology classes.”

Members of the winning team include Jennifer Harbin, Katelene ‘Katie’ Shirley, Jeffrey Tyler Williams and Kyle Williams. Wells Fargo Advisors will provide a $1,500 travel stipend and hotel rooms for the students and their teacher.

“Congratulations to the students at Brookwood on a fantastic job of demonstrating their financial knowledge,” said Treasurer Boozer. “In addition to taking the top prize, the three other Brookwood High teams placed in the top ten! Students and teachers across Alabama should be commended for participating.”

More than 300 teams across Alabama participated in the challenge. Second place honors went to the ‘Wildcats #1’ team from Tharptown High School in Russellville. Members include Pamela Alfaro, Kirsten Nolen, Whitney Northington and Mariza Vela. Their teacher is Doris Holderby. In third place was ‘1st Period Team 1’ from Hoover High School. Members include Sam Boshell, Jared Camp, Jacob Green and Chelsea Perri. Their teacher is Judy Kehr. Second and third place team members and their teachers will each receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. The top ten Alabama teams are ranked at

The Personal Finance Challenge is a series of online tests that quizzes students on their knowledge of finance concepts such as income, money management, spending, credit, saving and investing.

For detailed information on the Personal Finance Challenge or the Alabama Council on Economic Education (ACEE), contact ACEE Director Steve Rapp at (866) 326-0585 or visit For more information on Brookwood High School’s winning team, contact Jackie Emplaincourt at (205) 342-2777 or via email.

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