Illinois Personal Finance Challenge

2015 Award Winners

Illinois State Championship

West Chicago Community High School earned First Place in the 2015 Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Finals, a program of Econ Illinois. The event, held April 21 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, involved 10 high school teams from seven high schools advancing to compete for the Championship title. The program saw 300 students participate statewide in the on-line preliminary round of competition in March.

West Chicago outscored Second Place Naperville Central High School after a final “Quiz Bowl” round of competition. The First Place team, Christofer Arbudzinski, Jake Gillespie, John Kulikowski, and Jacob Urban, along with their teacher Candace Fikis, received a trophy and framed certificate for their school, individual medals and certificates as well as Visa gift cards. The championship event consisted of individual, team and quiz bowl rounds of competition throughout the day. Tested topics included: Income & Money Management, Saving & Investing, and Spending & Credit.

The West Chicago team advanced to represent Illinois in the National Personal Finance Challenge held in Kansas City on Friday, May 22 to compete against teams from all participating states.

Naperville Central tested well all day and advanced to the final “Quiz Bowl” round of competition but was not able to outscore West Chicago Community High School. The Second Place team, Kevin Angell, Megan Angell, Isabel Fan, and Kevin Trickey, along with their teacher David Ashton, received a trophy and framed certificate for their school, individual medals and certificates as well as Visa gift cards. 

Illinois Participants in FinanceChallenge ONLINE! 2015

Teams from the following schools competed online for the 2015 Personal Finance Challenge. Thirteen schools engaged their students in the online competition.  An asterisk (*) indicates teams at that school having advanced to the state finals competition.  Two asterisks (**) indicate that school had multiple teams qualify for the state competition. All schools participating in the state event receive a certificate of recognition.

  • Beecher City High School, Beecher City. Kristine Sayers, teacher.
  • *Collinsville High School, Collinsville. Vicki Fuhrhop, teacher.
  • Downers Grove South High School, Downers Grove. Ruth White, teacher.
  • *Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), Aurora. Ishani Ali, teacher.
  • *La Salle Peru Township High School, La Salle. Scott Lauer, teacher.
  • Mendota High School, Mendota. Shawn LeRette, teacher.
  • *Naperville Central High School, Naperville.  C. David Ashton II, teacher.
  • *Naperville North High School, Naperville. Eleanor Barbino, teacher.
  • **ROE Alternative, Zion. Larry Leck, teacher.
  • Timothy Christian High School, Elmhurst. Jim Boven, teacher.
  • Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora. Bryan Acevedo, teacher.
  • Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora. Angie Hysjulien, teacher.
  • *West Chicago Community High School, West Chicago. Candace Fikis, teacher.

The 2015 Illinois Personal Finance Challenge (IPFC) is a program of Econ Illinois receiving support from BMO Harris with in-kind support provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. IPFC is endorsed by Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs and the STEM Finance Learning Exchange.


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Illinois Personal Finance Challenge is a signature program of Econ IL.

Bank of America

Thank you to Bank of America for funding this program.