September 28, 2021

Two Wicklow schools on the money as they come tops in regional final

Talented teams from two leading county Wicklow schools emerged victorious in the final of the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge.

St Gerard’s from Bray took the top prize at the event, which was held in the Amber Springs Hotel in Wexford on Monday. St Mary’s from Arklow came runners-up.

A total of 212 students from 53 teams drawn from secondary schools across both counties took part in the final, comprising eight rounds of money-related questions and puzzles, with St Gerard’s taking the top prize and the St Mary’s team emerging as runners-up.

The teams from both secondary schools guaranteed their place in the Money Smarts Grand Final next April, and now have the chance to claim the top prize of €25,000. The Wexford and Wicklow event was the twelfth regional contest to take place in the challenge to date.

The Money Smarts Challenge is designed in conjunction with business studies teachers and Financial Wellbeing experts, and is part of Bank of Ireland’s five-year Financial Wellbeing Programme.

The aim of Money Smarts is to increase financial awareness among teenagers, presenting core elements of financial wellbeing like spending, saving, earning, credit and debt through interactive content and real life scenarios.

Rory Carty, Head of Youth Banking, Bank of Ireland, said: “It was fantastic to see such a strong turnout of Wexford and Wicklow schools at the Money Smarts Challenge in the Amber Springs Hotel. It’s not always easy to get teenagers engaged about money management and financial literacy, but Bank of Ireland’s new secondary school competition puts students to the test and offers a fantastic prize of €25,000 to the winning school.

“Congratulations to St Gerard’s and St Mary’s on their qualification from the final, we look forward to the welcoming them to Citywest for the Grand Final next April.”

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