CHC Awards Reception 2015
June 17, 2015
FIRST STREET AND EAST CAPITOL STREET, NE WASHINGTON, DC
The SIFMA Foundation's annual Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) is an exciting national financial education competition for middle and high school students and reaches all 50 US states and their members of Congress. This year, nearly 15,000 students, from 742 schools, and 100 percent of Congress participated in the Capitol Hill Challenge.
This special version of the Stock Market Game™ pairs members of Congress with participating schools. Since its inception in 2004, CHC has made nearly 3,000 matches of U.S. Representatives and Senators with schools, encompassing more than 75,000 students across the country.
Students from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C. in recognition of their Top 10 ranking. On Tuesday the teams arrived from all over the country. After settling in to their hotels, they met with their U.S. Representatives and Senators to discuss their success in the Capitol Hill Challenge. The teams embarked on a bus tour of Washington, D.C. after the meetings.
The teams woke up bright and early the next day to take pictures at the White House, followed by breakfast at Morgan Stanley. While the students ate, they listened to a presentation about the career opportunities in the financial services sector. After breakfast, the teams headed to RBC Wealth Management's offices to learn about life as a financial advisor and what the Morgan Stanley government affairs team does. The students then went to Capitol Hill for the Capitol Hill Challenge Awards Reception in the Rayburn House Office Building.
On Thursday morning the teams went to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA) office for breakfast and to hear a presentation about financial regulation. FINRA staff also discussed the importance of younger people being involved in the financial sector and politics. After the engaging presentation, teams went to the U.S. Capitol for a tour. They got to see the Old Supreme Court, the Rotunda, the Old Senate Chamber, and Statuary Hall.
SIFMA's Executive Vice President of Public Policy Andy Blocker addresses the students at our 2015 awards reception.
SIFMA Foundation's President Melanie Mortimer spoke about the importance of financial literacy and how the Capitol Hill Challenge helps.
Rep. French Hill came to the awards ceremony to congratulate our top teams and his team from Arkansas Baptist High School.
The fourth place team from Passaic Valley High School was recognized for their accomplishments.
Our first place team from Canyonville Christian Academy with Andy Blocker at the Capitol Hill Challenge awards reception.
The top ten teams with their teachers, Rep. French Hill, and SIFMA staff.
Our top ten teams visiting the White House.
Morgan Stanley discussed the career opportunities in the financial services sector with our top ten teams in the financial services sector
U.S. Senator John Boozman discussed the Capitol Hill Challenge and financial literacy with our team from Arkansas Baptist High School
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with his top ten team from Brookville High School
Senator Tom Cotton met with our top ten team from Arkansas Baptist High School.
U.S. Representative John Carter took time to congratulate his winning team from Cedar Ridge High School.
Thank you U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen for participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge and supporting your team from Passaic Valley High School!
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