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2nd Annual Financial Fitness Challenge ~ First Flight Awards Three Area High Schools 

First Flight Federal Credit Union presented three North Carolina high schools their awards as part of the Financial Fitness Challenge hosted by the credit union.  Bethel Christian Academy in Kinston, NC won the first place prize of $10,000.  New Bern High School’s ‘Bazinga’ team took the second place spot winning $2,500 for the school and New Bern High School’s ‘Green Bears’ team came in third place winning $1,000! 

First Flight launched the 2nd Annual Financial Fitness Challenge to North Carolina High Schools on September 1, 2015 giving high school teams that registered to participate an opportunity to win $10,000 for their school. The purpose of the challenge was to get high school students thinking about real world financial or economic challenges and the roles that they can have in combatting these issues in their very own communities.

Teams of high school students submitted public awareness campaigns about a variety of subjects ranging from financial ethics to the financial benefits of green energy.  The teams worked together to help educate a specific group or to solve a problem in their classroom or community.  First Flight representatives viewed each of the submitted projects and assigned points based upon the established criteria and how well each team’s completed presentations met the challenge requirements. 

The First Place team, Bethel Christian Academy, focused on the importance of ethics in the financial world today.  The team utilized an internal target audience of the school’s Student Leadership Institute, which is comprised of a group of students that set themselves apart in several key areas.  The team from Bethel Christian Academy stated, “as future leaders in their communities, the members of SLI (Student Leadership Institute) should be educated on and made aware of the importance of ethics in the financial world and the consequences of unethical behavior.” The Bethel Christian Academy team used informative narratives and humorous thought provoking skits to educate the established target group.  At the conclusion of the skits, the team presented each student of SLI (Student Leadership Institute) with a pledge to uphold financial ethics, always considering the consequences of any decisions, while striving to exhibit honest behavior and character in all areas. 

 “Each of the high school teams did a wonderful job”, stated Greg Williams, Chairperson of First Flight’s Board of Directors.   “The presentations were creative, effective, and used various communication methods including videos, skits, and collateral.”  “First Flight was pleased to award each of the schools for their outstanding efforts to increase financial awareness.  First Flight feels strongly that educating our youth about financial and economic issues will assist them both personally and professionally for years to come,” Williams stated. 

Your High School could be the next BIG WINNER~ Stay tuned for details...

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