Jeanette A. Tucker | 5/23/2008 9:58:08 PM
BIENVILLE – Tevin Champion, a sophomore at Bienville High School, is the winner in the ninth through 12th grades division of a statewide poster contest on financial responsibility.
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, family economics specialist for the LSU AgCenter and vice president of the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition, presented Champion with a $100 savings bond and plaque at the school’s awards program Thursday (May 22).
A panel of judges from the LSU AgCenter selected Champion’s poster as the winner out of 170 entries in this first-time contest. The event was chaired by Danielle Scott, financial education manager with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Federal Credit Union.
Posters were required to feature the theme, “Financial Responsibility Begins with Me.” Champion titled his, “Save Your Cold Hard Cash,” featuring a bill with legs, face and ear muffs along with a piggy bank surrounded by money. He drew it with pencil and colored markers.
Founded in 2000, Louisiana Jump$tart quickly established its credentials as a reliable statewide resource, according to Tucker.
Jump$tart is a nonprofit state coalition of 40 organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources.
“Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for lifelong successful financial decision making,” Tucker said.
Champion learned about the contest in his 4-H newsletter. He has been a member of the organization since the fourth grade. He will be a counselor at 4-H Camp and will attend 4-H University this summer.
“Being from Arcadia, winning surprised me,” Champion said. “It shows you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
Guest speaker Reggie McLeroy, a teacher and artist, told him and the group that talent comes from small towns as well as cities.
Billy Rogers, principal at Bienville High School, said Champion is a good student. “He is a good fellow. He works hard and is very deserving of the award.”
Champion also won departmental awards in English II, biology and financial math. He is on the vice principal’s list for having a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average.
Diane Uzzle, LSU AgCenter financial resource management agent and parish chair for Bienville and Jackson parishes, and Elizabeth Bryan, AgCenter 4-H agent for Bienville Parish, were present to congratulate Champion on winning the state award.
Uzzle said Champion’s entry was forwarded after winning at the parish level.
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