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High school students get creative, earn cash

Mar. 26, 2013


Photo by Hana McWilliams, Schweinfurt High School Career and Technical Education

From left, Arcelio Alleyne, a financial manager with ACS, senior Aimee Cutcher and Elba Barnaby from Andrew’s Federal Credit Union. Senior high school students, Logan Mansfield and Aimee Cutcher, won cash for their creative work in an AFCU “Road Trip to Savings” competition.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany — Financial literacy is an important step toward a successful transition to college and careers for our high school students.

Andrew’s Federal Credit Union, in collaboration with Army Community Service, sponsored the student competition “Road Trip to Savings,” which was open to all USAG Schweinfurt students in grades 9 through twelve.

“The goal of Road Trip to Savings was to encourage our students to think about their financial future and plan ahead. The responses were inspiring and well thought out, the goal was met and our Andrews Federal team is very proud of everyone who participated,” said Elba Barnaby, Branch Manager of Andrew’s Credit Union.

The competition had three categories — Art, Literature and Photography — and was designed to let the students demonstrate their creative sides. Toward the end of the year, the students are a bit bored of writing essays, so they were happy to have the opportunity to be artistic.

More than 20 students from the Schweinfurt High School Career Practicum and Family and Consumer Science classes applied. Out of the many entries, only two students won the top prize of $50 in the categories of Art and Literature. Logan Mansfield and Aimee Cutcher, both seniors, stood above the rest for their creativity and effort.

“I like to write poetry. It’s fun,” said Logan, in complete surprise after having received the award. His poem about how he will reach his life’s goals showed a positive and determined outlook.

Aimee’s painting of shadowy people and a car with a license plate reading ‘determination’ driving into the sunset elicited gasps of appreciation. Cutcher remarked that she will be saving the money for college.

Story by Zackery DeHart, Schweinfurt High School

Editor’s note: Zackery DeHart is a senior at Schweinfurt High School.


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