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MHS DECA students take fifth at national conference

Mandan High School DECA students (l-r) Alexander Spilman, Chelsey Gangl and Michael Helmers, take part in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Submitted photo

Mandan High School DECA students (l-r) Alexander Spilman, Chelsey Gangl and Michael Helmers, take part in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Submitted photo

Imagine if teenagers controlled their families’ finances. Would they know how to spend and save money wisely? Or would they max out every credit card? It’s hard to know, but with 50 percent of high school seniors failing when tested on basic personal finance1, it’s not a gamble many parents would take. But students at Mandan Senior High School may soon help improve those statistics.

Three students from Mandan Senior High School making up team MAC DONALDS competed in the recent H&R Block Dollars & Sense National Challenge at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Competitors demonstrated their financial acumen in an online simulation created to increase teens’ personal finance skills. The team advanced to the final round, ultimately placing fifth out of 16 teams. Each student received a $500 scholarship from H&R Block Dollars & Sense, an initiative focused on increasing teens’ financial fitness.

Finalists competed against more than 2,500 student teams in two challenge rounds to qualify for the national finals. Through the Dollars & Sense program, H&R Block has awarded more than $3.5 million in personal finance curriculum and scholarships to high schools and students nationwide since October 2009.