The following was submitted to Stoughton Patch:
Friday, June 8 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Stoughton High School and its students were recognized for their participation in the National Financial Capability Challenge conducted by the U. S. Treasury Department in April, which is designated as Financial Capability Month.
Finalists Paul Comeau, Adam Lurie, and William Pedro attended the event with SHS Challenge Coordinator, David Krol to represent Stoughton High School and the National Finalists being recognized.
According to the National Financial Capability Challenge website, "The Challenge is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions on financial topics, and eight demographic questions about the students and their financial background. The substantive questions cover the five core financial competencies: earning, saving and investing, spending, borrowing and protecting."
Principal Matt Colantonio and Mathematics Director Dr. Thomas Gorsuch encouraged broader student involvement this year. Mr. Krol, supported by mathematics and business teachers, facilitated the administration of the Challenge to 408 SHS students over a two-week period.
SHS participation represented just over 10% of the total participants statewide.
When the final scores were tallied, Stoughton High School had 54 students designated as National Finalists for scoring in the top 20% nationwide.
Friday's event gave special recognition to those students who achieved a "perfect score" of 100% on the Challenge Competition Exam.
Paul Comeau, Class of 2012, represented Stoughton High in this elite group of 27 Massachusetts students who received Certificates for Excellence in Financial Education from Steven Grossman, State Treasurer and Receiver General; Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education; and Ken Montgomery, First Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The following Stoughton High students scored in the top 20 percent nationwide:
|LUKE ASACK; KERRY BACKMAN; SHANNON BAGLEY; DANIEL BLOCK; LAUREN CELLUCCI; ANDREA CHICA; STANLEY CHIU; STEPHEN COLLING; PAUL COMEAU (PERFECT SCORE); CAITLYN COTE; BENJAMIN CROMWELL; DANIEL ECKLER; ASAD ELMI; TAYLOR EWING; JILLIANNA FARIETTA; ALEX FINNERTY; DANIEL FOUNTAIN; JESSICA FREITAS; DANIEL GOLDBERG; CORY GREENBLATT; COLLIN HARRINGTON; JOSEPH IALUNA; MICHAEL JOHNSON; EDWARD JOHNSTON; JALEN JOSEPH; NICHOLAS KEITH; MARCUS LEITE; ADAM LEONARD; JOY LIU; RYAN LOUGHRAN; LOREEN LOUINY; COURTNEY LOWELL; ADAM LURIE; KELLY MALONEY; MATTHEW MARTIN; TIMOTHY MCGRATH; WILL MCGRATH; HERICA MEIRELLES; MUHAMMAD MIR; JESSICA MORSE; CHRISTOPHER O'ROURKE; JADE PAUL; WILLIAM PEDRO; MARK PHAN; MITCHELL PRICE; JULIA QUATTRUCCI; KEVIN ROOPCHARAN; NICHOLAS SCHEPIS; MEGHAN SCOWCROFT; PAUL SHEEHAN; BRIANNA SHORES; ARDEN TRAN; ERIN WALSH; MIKAYLA WILLIAMS|
2012 National Financial Capability Challenge Statistics for Massachusetts:
State average score: 70.07% (69% nationally)
Number of participating students in the state: 3951 (80,024 nationally)
Number of perfect scores: 27 (583 nationally)
Number of students who scored in the top 20% (Including perfect scores): 849 (18,518 nationally)
Number of participating public (NCES) schools in the state: 63 (1,525 nationally)
Number of other organizations participating (Home schools, after-school programs, youth groups, etc.): 8 (234 nationally)
Number of participating educators in the state: 91 (2,074 nationally)
States with the highest participation (based on number of tests and total number of 9th - 12th grade public school students):
|Pennsylvania (7,404); Virginia (5,975); Ohio (4,387); Wisconsin (4,070); New Jersey (4,042); Massachusetts (3,951); New York (3,917); Iowa (3,489); Texas (3,323); Maryland (3,051)