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Arlington student lauded in financial-readiness contest

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Kai Carney, a student at The Sycamore School in Arlington, is one of only 45 students nationwide – and the only student in Virginia – recognized recently as an honorable-mention award recipient of the fourth annual PAYBACK Challenge Scholarship Contest.

The scholarship is awarded each year by Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students leave high school with the financial skills needed to thrive in the future. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship for educational pursuits.

Students participating in the NGPF Payback Challenge played PAYBACK, an award-winning college-simulation game, and then chose either to write an essay or to create a video on the topic.

“The Sycamore School gave me the confidence to try the contest,” said Carney, who intends to study science in college.

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Nearly 1,000 teachers nominated the best student essay from their classes. Submissions were evaluated based on creativity, clarity, and a demonstrated understanding of key concepts learned from playing PAYBACK.

Sycamore School teacher Jonathon McKenney reviewed all the entries submitted as part of the school-wide contest and selected Kai’s essay, which was “humorous and addressed the prompt well.”

For information on The Sycamore School, see the Website at www.thesycamoreschoolva.org.

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