McCallie Finance Students Place Third Nationally

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
From left, Siqi Huang, Roger Lee, Sanghwa Rhee and Hongrui Miao with Mrs. Makepeace.
From left, Siqi Huang, Roger Lee, Sanghwa Rhee and Hongrui Miao with Mrs. Makepeace.

McCallie School’s finance team earned third place at the National Personal Finance Challenge Championship in St. Louis. 

The team, consisting of seniors Siqi Huang, Roger Lee and Sanghwa Rhee and junior Hongrui Miao, advanced through the competition, barely missing the final round by one question.

Teams featured high school students from 20 states. Each team completed three rounds of written exams covering economics and business law among other financial items. The Personal Finance Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing with other students across the nation. 

About 2,500 teams entered the competition at the state level. Only 20 teams qualified for the national event. Last year’s team from McCallie won the National Championship.

Economics teacher Skeeter Makepeace is the team’s advisor, and she was assisted by Jeff Turner ’86 for the competition. Mr. Turner is a certified financial planner at accredited estate planner in Chattanooga.

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