Jersey Village students visit with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, participate in financial education competition

April 9, 2021

Jersey Village Capitol Hill ChallengeU.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (District 7), left on middle row, speaks with Jersey Village High School students in Business, Finance and Multimedia Teacher Leroy Stephens’ Securities and Investments class on April 1. The students are participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge, a national financial education competition held by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation that instills deeper understanding of personal finance and economics. U.S. senators and representatives are matched with secondary schools in their respective congressional districts, with Rep. Fletcher offering encouragement for the competition and engaging in conversations about fiscal policymaking and global trends.

April 9, 2021—U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (District 7) visited virtually with Jersey Village High School students participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge, a national financial education competition held annually by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation. The 14-week online competition matches U.S. senators and representatives with secondary schools in every congressional district to participate in an educational program that instills a deeper understanding of personal finance and economics.

The challenge uses the SIFMA Foundation’s curriculum-based Stock Market Game, in which student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, impact investments and cash. Students learn about saving and investing and develop a better understanding of fiscal policymaking, the role of the capital markets, and global economic trends.

“For more than a decade, the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge and Stock Market Game have helped students from around the country become financially capable,” said Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., SIFMA President & CEO. “Our industry is committed to helping students learn the importance of saving and investing, while also providing them a solid foundation to achieve their future financial goals. I’d like to give special thanks to lawmakers like Rep. Fletcher who are connecting personally to engage students on these important issues.”

Area campuses participate at the Houston Regional Stock Market Game, where top teams possibly moving on to national competition. Only two secondary campuses per congressional district are invited to participate nationally. The top 10 performing teams win prizes and recognition in addition to the opportunity to engage directly with government, business and education leaders.

Rep. Fletcher visited with Jersey Village Business, Finance and Multimedia Teacher Leroy Stephens’ Securities and Investments class on April 1, offering encouragement and discussing policymaking related to financial topics scenarios.

“It was an honor to have Rep. Fletcher speak with my students about fiscal policymaking and offer them encouragement in the Capitol Hill Challenge,” Stephens said. “It is moments like this that spark students’ interest in financial education. My students and I were able to have relevant discussions about finances and the economy following this virtual visit.”

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