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PCHS students earn state recognition

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Seen here are (from left) McKenzie Coleman, Scarlett Armes, Craig Hodge (seated), Riley Moore, Evan Winesett and Grayson Deu.

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

A group of Pulaski County High School students traveled to Richmond April 10-11 to compete for the 2019 Online Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

The team, coached by Craig Hodge, competed against regional winners from across the state for the top prize. The team consisted of Evan Winesett, Riley Moore, Scarlett Armes and Grayson Deu.

They earned the chance to go to Richmond by winning the Region 7 title earlier. They competed in the Adam Smith Division for Advanced Economics. More than 3,000 high school students from across the Commonwealth participated in the online competition. Out of that, 160 students were invited to the daylong championship. The event was hosted by Capital One and Governor Ralph Northam.

“A strong foundation in personal finance and economic literacy empowers young Virginians to be smart consumers and equips them with the high-demand skills necessary to fully participate in our 21st century workforce and contribute to our growing economy,” said Governor Northam. “This challenge gives Virginia students an opportunity to apply their classroom learning, make informed decisions, and gain a deeper understanding of economic concepts. I am proud to recognize this year’s winning student teams and their teacher advisers.”

“These outstanding students and their dedicated teachers exemplify Virginia’s longstanding commitment to high quality economic and personal finance education,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “This knowledge helps Virginians access and strengthen economic opportunities and to pursue a productive, quality life.”

While in Richmond, the students were also able to visit the Governor’s Mansion, tour the State Capital Building and take a private tour of the state Senate Floor.

PCHS Marketing Intern McKenzie Coleman traveled with the team to document the experience.

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