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What Florida’s Students Can Teach Us about Saving Money


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the winners of the Department of Financial Services’ first “Learn to Save” Challenge. Florida high school students were invited to submit a 30-second public service announcement highlighting the importance of financial literacy, while middle school students were encouraged to create an educational billboard on financial topics.
“Saving is so important and yet, more often than not, our children don’t learn this valuable lesson until they are adults and facing the real world,” said CFO Atwater. “It was a rewarding and eye-opening experience to see first-hand how children and young adults view these sometimes complicated topics. Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated.”
Four winning high school student teams were chosen from across Florida and the first place video will be aired on TV in Pasco County. Cash prizes in the amounts of $300, $200 and $100 will be presented to each team member of the first, second and third place winning entries, respectively.  Two billboard entries from middle school students earned honorable mentions and will receive a $50 cash prize.
Public service announcement contest winners:
• First place: Kobe Peralta, Jordan Hanna - Pasco County
• Second place: George Gwynn, Clayton Hobbs, Curtis Wright, Ellie Stubblefield - Leon County
• Second place: Brittany Dye, Patrick Flebolte, Emma Grushkin, Danielle Hartley, Duncan Sorensen -  Flagler County
• Third place: Alessandra Poma, Jamie Zimilch - Duval County
*Click the hyperlinks above to view the winning PSAs.
Billboard honorable mentions:
• Mason Frost -Leon County
• Megan Rollins - Palm Beach County
The contest was open to public-, private-, and home-schooled students in Florida and encouraged students to explore the concepts of budgeting and saving early on. Students were provided resources from the Department of Financial Services’ Your Money Matter$ website to inform their entries.
The Department of Financial Services (DFS) wishes to recognize its partners: the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association for its assistance with the contest and to thank the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 4-H Development Program for providing the cash prizes.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).