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Students embark on Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge

Posted: June 28, 2017  |  by Robert Taylor

High school students embark on Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge

Students attend week of classes at UIW

Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge at UIWThirteen San Antonio-area high school students are hard at work in the 2017 Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge, a program offered by the H-E-B School of Business and Administration

The challenge started Friday, June 16 after a week of in-class instruction from faculty members on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word.

The students, instructed by Dr. Jose Moreno and Dr. Tim Griesdorn, learned the basics of financial literacy, planning and the stock market. After a week of classes the students began a simulated investment challenge that will last 20 weeks. The student who grows his or her simulated portfolio the most during the challenge will be awarded $500.

The challenge is sponsored by San Antonio-based Jefferson Bank, which has served the community for more than 70 years. The locally owned, independent bank operates 11 financial centers in San Antonio, Boerne and New Braunfels.

Jefferson Bank President Paul E. McSween, III spoke to the students as they were presented with certificates acknowledging their commitment to the challenge. McSween answered questions from the students and offered career advice.

“It is gratifying to see the look on their face and the genuine interest in learning about the world of investing money. These students will reflect on the fundamental principles they have learned in the Investor Challenge as they become young adults with financial responsibility,” McSween said. “After personally interacting with the students on the last day, I quickly realized the program is also helping some of the students as they consider what they want to focus on in college and ultimately a direction for their career. The Investor Challenge is one of several ways Jefferson Bank is working to improve financial literacy in our community."

The challenge participants attend San Antonio-area high schools like Business Careers, Clark, Johnson, Judson, MacArthur, Madison, Reagan and Wagner. The winner will be announced at the end of the fall 2017 semester.

Below is a slideshow of the students with Mr. McSween; Dr. Forrest Aven, dean; and Dr. Griesdorn.

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