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Washington and Lee High School Honored as a Blue Star School
By Patty Kelly Long, Westmoreland County Public Schools
Stan Schoppe, Personal Finance instructor at W&L, is a smiling man these days. Due to his perseverance and enjoyment of teaching, Mr. Schoppe guided his Personal Finance classes into a whole new category last year. Washington and Lee High School was named a Blue Star School by the Wise Financial group in New York. A Blue Star School is given that status when a school, testing ten or more students, achieve a 75% passing rate on the Financial Literacy Certification test and have either a majority of student on a
given grade level take the test or have students who took it achieve an average score of 80% or higher. Mr. Schoppe tested 113 Finance students.
According to the Wise website, most students drop out of college not because of academic failure but because of personal debt and the fastest growing group filing personal bankruptcy is young people ages18 to 25. The Financial Certification Program addresses the need for financial literacy and education. Mr. Schoppe utilized many of the educational resources made available to the finance teachers.