Education Briefs for April 22

Two Marshall High School students receive scholarships

Kate Marshall and Jacob Ginocchio have received a scholarship from the Music Southwest Music Teachers and the Southwest Minnesota Music Teachers Association as outstanding music students.

Kate Marshall is the daughter of Allison and Jim Marshall. She plans on attending the North Dakota State University in Fargo, majoring in music education. She is the student of Dana Funk.

Jacob Ginocchio, student of Rennae Petersen, is the son of John and Leanna Ginocchio. He is planning to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth majoring in music and computer science.

Both students, who plan to graduate in May, have been active in music organizations at Marshall High School, as well as, community and church groups. In addition they have received academic scholarships at their respective colleges.

Minnwest Bank​ ​launches new financial education program for Marshall High School students

Minnwest Bank has announced the launch of a Financial Literacy program (FinLit), a new personal finance education program for students in grades nine to 12. The course has been made available through Minnwest Bank’s relationship with EVERFI, Inc.    

FinLit teaches high school students how to make smart financial choices that promote financial well-being over their lifetime. The program features an interactive learning platform designed specifically to translate complex financial concepts like understanding a pay stub or completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and introduces the basic financial literacy skills needed as high-school students transition into adulthood. According to EVERFI, 53 percent of Gen Z students rank money management as the most daunting challenge they face today.      

Through a series of interactive lessons, FinLit helps students develop actionable strategies for managing their finances. The robust course library covers a number of topic areas including income and employment, budgeting, credit and debit cards, and financing higher education. The seven module course immerses students in real-life financial scenarios and allows them to move at their own pace through the lessons, providing bite-sized instructional animations that make the topics approachable and relatable.       

“Understanding your finances and making sound financial decisions is key to a strong future, but  many people don’t know where to turn to get the information they need in a way that is  age-appropriate and easily understandable,” said EVERFI Co-Founder and President of Financial  Education, Ray Martinez. “By laying the foundation for financial literacy at a young age, students will be prepared with the skills needed to enter into the new economy and make for a smooth transition into adulthood.”   

The platform offers detailed data and reporting by allowing teachers to uniquely track the progress and performance of every student and see real-time data on student performance, while the technology aggregates crucial data on hours of learning completed and knowledge gains.  


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