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Kids compete in finance challenge

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By Mike McDaniel - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi middle school students were put to the test Tuesday, literally, when it comes to personal finance and saving for the future.

It's all part of the State Council on Economic Education's First ever Personal Finance Challenge which took center stage at Mississippi College.

Sixth grade students from targeted areas across the state in struggling economies competed against one another in categories all dealing with finance.

Those in charge of the event say it's more crucial than ever to start teaching kids at a young age about the importance of personal finances, especially in a state with a high low-income rate.

Selena Swartzfager from the Council, told us, "Anything we can do to get them thinking now and performing in school at a level that will be helpful for them when they're ready to go to college is important."

The top two teams walked away from the competition with scholarship money, medals and of course bragging rights.

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