Three Hopkins High School students took home fourth place at the Personal Finance Decathlon competition on April 17 at the Federal Reserve downtown. Dante Reminick, Kol Jansa, and Manav Mirpuri entered the competition after taking a personal finance class this year.
The competition started with an online exam where the Hopkins team competed against 339 students from around the state. Based on the exam, the top teams advanced to the competition day at the Federal Reserve.
“These kids not only did well in mastering the personal finance content, they also have superb presentation skills as a result of all their DECA club experiences and opportunities,” said David Braaten, business education instructor at Hopkins High School.
The in-person portion of the competition had two rounds in which the students were given a case problem and had about two hours to prepare financial strategy around the problem. They presented their plans to a set of judges in the form of a formal presentation that required students to showcase their in-depth knowledge of personal finance topics.
“We are very proud of these guys for becoming a state qualifier,” Braaten said. “They were up against some pretty tough competition. Overall, it was a great learning experience for these students.”