Newsletter │Volume 3│ 2019 
Council Hosts National Personal Finance Challenge
L to R: Chris Caltabiano, Council for Economic Education; Braeden Mayrisch, Director Social Impact, Voya Financial; Rabbi Drelich, Adam Nerenberg, Darius Gross, Eric Ajdler, Zachary Rothstein, SAR Academy; Jennifer Davidson, NCEE President; Nicole Starks, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Voya Financial.
National finalists preparing their presentations.
L to R Elite Judges: Kirk Kellner, Wells Fargo; Nate Kauffman, Federal Reserve; John Murante, NE State Treasurer; Nicole Sparks, Voya Vice President; Kathy Farrell, Dean College of Business; Tony Veland, Husker/Broncos Football Champion & former financial advisor.
National finalists getting final instruction for the competition.
On May 10 at the UNL College of Business, twenty-one state high school championship teams competed for the title of National Personal Finance Challenge Champions. These state champions beat out over 18,000 students nationally who completed in preliminary rounds for a change at state titles. Participating states included: AL, AZ, CA, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, OH, RI, VI.

Each teach was presented with a fictitious family scenario and had two hours to create a financial plan for the family. Teams then presented their plans to a panel of expert judges. The top three teams moved on to the finals round of competition: Arizona, New York, and Ohio. After an additional presentation to Elite Judges, the team from SAR Academy in the Bronx, New York, was named the national champions. Each team member received $2000 in prize money. The team from Arizona took second place and $1000 each. Ohio took third place and $500 each.

NCEE was thrilled to host the 2019 National Personal Finance Challenge, a program of the Council for Economic Education and sponsored by Voya Financial. 
Rock 'n Roll Concerts
Teach Financial Freedom
GOODING, a group of amazing musicians that are passionate about financial education, travel around the country to share their unique and energetic message with students. The Nebraska leg of their national spring tour took them to Sargent Public Schools with guests from Loup County and Burwell then to Broken Bow Public Schools.

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Impact Across the State
Finance Challenge Regional Finals
Norris High School - 3rd place and Lincoln Regional Champions
Milliard Entrepreneurship Academy - 1st place and Omaha Regional Champions
Arthur County High School - 2nd place and Kearney Regional Champions
Economics State Finals held at UNO
Stock Market Game Banquet of Champions
On April 24, we celebrated our state winners for in the Nebraska Stock Market Game at the Banquet of Champions. Over 50 students were recognized for their winning portfolios. The State Champion team from Blair High School earned an impressive $46,232 in 13 weeks of trading. The banquet included a keynote address from Hudl co-founder John Wirtz.
State Champions & 1st High School Division Spring - Blair High School
1st Middle School Division Spring - Arlington Public Schools
1st Elementary Division Spring -
Mary Lynch Elementary School
1st High School Division Fall -
North Star High School
1st Middle School Division Fall -
Gretna Middle School
1st Elementary Division Fall -
Mary Lynch Elementary School
InvestWrite Winner from Sandy Creek High School
Sandy Creek 2019 graduate Bailey Switzer is the Nebraska State winner of the InvestWrite national essay competittion through the Nebraska Stock Market Game supported by the SIFMA Foundation. The Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) presented Bailey with a $50 cash award, an InvestWrite medal and certificate to honor this accomplishment. Business teacher Nanette Shackelford presented Bailey with this award.
Wayne State Center Welcomes
Dr. Lindsey Doctorman
Dr. Lindsey Doctorman named director of the Center for Economic Education at Wayne State Univeristy. Dr. Doctorman is an assistant professor of economics at Wayne State College. Prior to joining Wayne State College in 2017, Doctorman taught economics at universities in Alaska, Colorado, New Zealand, and an online-only university. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Sweden.

Doctorman’s teaching interests include principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, international business and economics, and agricultural and resource economics. Her research interests focus on using behavioral economics as an approach to agricultural and resource economic issues, primarily water quality issues.

We are thrilled to have Lindsey as a part of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education.
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Curriculum Corner / Lesson Spotlight
In this simulation by Dr. Jamie Wagner, director of the Omaha Center for Economic Education, students are workers producing wheat. The students will use their available capital (pencils) to produce wheat by writing the word “w-h-e-a-t” as many times on the piece of paper (land) as possible in a given time period. Each round more students are added to each team which will slow down production and show how even as total product increases the marginal productivity of workers does not increase at that same rate. Students will use this activity and marginal decision making to understand how companies make decisions to hire based on marginal productivity.
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Fall Stock Market Competition ends