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California University of Pennsylvania Supports Competition And Related Curriculum Designed To Build Financial Literacy And Personal Finance Skills

For the second consecutive year, California University of Pennsylvania has been proud to sponsor the Pennsylvania Council of Financial Literacy’s Stock Market Challenge, a web-based stock market simulation and curriculum for students in grades 3-12.

Competitions are held in the classroom, by county and statewide. Cal U sponsors the PennCFL Stock Market Challenge at schools in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Statewide winners in the fall 2020 challenge include these local competitors:


  • Franklin Regional School District: Student Emily Wang, educator Brienne May, Heritage Elementary, third place.
  • Carmichaels Area School District: Student Luke Donaldson, educator Keith Gillis, Carmichaels Area Elementary, fourth place.
  • Norwin School District: Student Liam Samuels, educator Trisha Brunazzi, Hillcrest Intermediate School, top 10.


  • South Fayette School District: Student Eashwari Potdar, educator Lori Leroux, South Fayette Intermediate School, second place.
  • Carmichaels Area School District: Student Codie Nutt, educator Cassie Menhart, Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High, top 10.


  • Fort Cherry School District: Student Jonathan White, educator Richard Hursh, Fort Cherry Junior-Senior High, top 10.

PennCFL also offers a Budget Game curriculum that presents real-life budgeting scenarios to students in grades 6-12. Guided by educator Michele Stoicovy, three students from Thomas Jefferson High School – Kaylee Rehak, Jera Esper, and Brayden Andrisko – took first, second and third place, respectively, in the Pittsburgh region.

In addition to competitions, students can learn about investing throughout the year by using the PennCFL curriculum and courses. The nonprofit organization aims to provide students with “economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and professional success.”

Join the Challenge

The spring 2021 PennCFL Stock Market Challenge begins Feb. 15. Educators are encouraged to register now so students can begin to practice making trades. For information or to register, visit

Cal U offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in business and economics, including specialized MBA and dual-degree programs. To view all degree options, visit

California University of Pennsylvania empowers undergraduate and graduate students to reach their full potential with academic programs in education, science and technology, liberal arts and professional studies. Cal U is a proud member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Learn more at




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