FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2022
St. Paul, MN – April 2022 – Mounds View Senior High advances to the State Personal
Finance Decathlon competition after students excelled in a virtual test in personal
finance topics including budgeting, investing, insurance, and more. Three students
representing the school, along with their coach, social studies teacher Aaron Oseland,
will compete against other high schools in the championship held virtually April 2022.
The Minnesota Personal Finance Decathlon is a statewide competition that provides a
fun, challenging, and creative way to engage students’ personal finance knowledge
and critical thinking. Teams first compete online in early April to qualify for the state
competition. Then, the twelve top-scoring teams from schools across the State are
invited to the State competition. The State competition utilizes a case-study format that
allows students to experience financial planning for a fictional family, helping them
reach their financial goals by applying their knowledge of personal finance concepts
and presenting their recommendations to a panel of volunteer judges from business,
academia, and government. The State champion is then invited to represent
Minnesota at the National Personal Finance Challenge.
This competition is a flagship program from the Minnesota Council on Economic Education providing students from across the state an opportunity to demonstrate their
critical-thinking and financial communication skills. Each year, nearly 300 high school
students participate in the online qualifying competition that tests their familiarity with
ten areas of personal finance.
In total, 290 students from 15 schools across Minnesota participated in the first round of
the Personal Finance Decathlon.
The 2022 Personal Finance Decathlon program is made possible through the generous
support of RBC. The National Personal Finance Challenge is supported by the Council
for Economic Education.
Contact: Angela Zappa
Communications & Program Director
About Minnesota Council on Economic Education
Established in 1961, the Minnesota Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit housed at the University of Minnesota with a mission to equip Minnesotans with
the economic and personal financial understanding needed to succeed in today’s
complex economy. The Council is an affiliate of the national Council for Economic
Education, nationally recognized for its work in teacher training and student
engagement. Learn more: mcee.umn.edu