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October 21st, 2009
A+ San Marcos Savings Challenge participants selected

A+ Saving Challenge participants, left to right: A+ employee Kelsey Blondahl, students Katelyn Sundquist, Solana Dever, Lynda Brundin,Catherine Wright, John West, and A+ employee Nikki Vincent. Photo by Linda Contreras.

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Five San Marcos High School (SMHS) students were recently selected to participate in the second annual Savings Challenge sponsored by the A+ Federal Credit Union. In the Challenge, the students will compete to achieve their savings goals over the course of the school year. Their A+ financial coaches provide guidance to learn life-long money management skills.

The students’ pursue diverse goals, such as saving for college, saving for a fuel-efficient vehicle, or saving to support a four-year-old child. The competition began on Oct. 1. Winners will be announced at the SMHS Senior Awards Assembly in May. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 A+ Visa gift card. Second place receives a $500 A+ Visa gift card. Third, fourth and fifth place winners receive a $250 A+ Visa gift card.

The contestants will be judged based on various criteria, including their percentage increase in savings, successful completion of financial education courses, and a presentation to their peers on personal finance.

A+ Credit Union was honored this year with the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. The award, sponsored by the Texas Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association, is given in recognition of financial leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. Last year’s A+ San Marcos Savings Challenge is one of the programs that contributed to winning that award.

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