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K-State team headed to National Collegiate Financial Planning Championship

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MANHATTAN -- For the ninth consecutive year, students in the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology will represent K-State at the National Collegiate Financial Planning Championship.

The competition, sponsored by Amerprise Financial Inc. and the Financial Planning Association, is April 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Financial planning teams from the college's School of Family Studies and Human Services have won four national championships.

Team members are Jessi Chadd, senior in personal financial planning, Manhattan; Scott Reynolds, senior in personal financial planning, Manhattan; and Melissa Smith, senior in personal financial planning, Topeka.

"This is one of the most talented teams we have ever sent to the finals. Regardless of what happens, K-Staters around the country can be proud of this team's accomplishments," said John Grable, associate professor of family studies and human services and team adviser.

The nationwide competition is comprised of a qualifying event and a final event. First, each team has 30 days to write a comprehensive financial plan. Plans represent best practices designed to help a client family reach their financial goals and dreams.

Students may not use commercial software or obtain the help of faculty or practitioners.

Plans are judged by practicing financial planners and eight winning teams are invited to the national finals.

The final event includes a team presentation and participation in a "Jeopardy!"-style game show event. Total points earned determine which teams becomes the national champion.

K-State is the only university to send a team to the finals every year since the competition began in 2000.

Source: John Grable, 785-532-1486, jgrable@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519, jpm2@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.