Capital High students win statewide finance competition

Mariah Thomas

Capital High juniors Evan Coble, Ethan Hull and Paul Mousel were crowned state champions in the Montana Personal Finance Challenge in April. 

The boys all participated in the challenge as part of their money management course, an elective class option at Capital High School. The challenge – hosted by the Montana Council for Economic Education – was a personal finance test and students competed in teams. Each person took the test individually, and the highest combined score won. Dax Scheiffer, the council’s president, said Montana had 320 competitors across 10 schools in the state.

“We didn’t really have any expectations going in,” said Mathew Reyant, the boys’ money management teacher. “This is the first year we’ve done this specific challenge, so we didn’t know where the scores would be.”

Reyant said the challenge came to his attention when his co-worker, Hailey Selch, suggested they have their money management students compete. According to Reyant, this was the first year Capital High students had competed in the Personal Finance Challenge. 

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