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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Winners of Florida’s Financial History Challenge


Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE—Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced regional winners for Florida’s Financial History Challenge held in honor of Viva Florida 500, a commemoration of the state’s 500-year history. The statewide contest was offered as part of the CFO’s ‘Your Money Matters’ initiative and presented an opportunity for students of all ages to learn about the history of Florida’s economy and how the state’s unique past contributes to today’s success.

“Congratulations to all of the students who participated in Florida’s Financial History Challenge, and thank you to all of the teachers, parents and mentors who encouraged them to learn about Florida history,” said CFO Atwater. “When we learn from our past, it prepares us for success in the future, which is especially important for these young people who will someday be our state’s leaders.”
Students were divided into four age groups and assigned a specified project. A coloring contest was held for Kindergarten through 2nd graders. Their art is currently on display at the Florida Capitol. A drawing contest was held for students in grades 3 to 5. An essay contest was held for students in grades 6 to 8 and a video contest was held for high school students.
The contest divided the state into three regions: North, Central and South. Participants included students from public, private and home schools who shared their creative knowledge about a historical visionary or a significant place or important event in Florida’s history that helped shape our state.
The Department of Financial Services partnered with The Florida Humanities Council, Florida League of Cities, Florida Master Money Mentors, Florida Retired Educators Association and Step Up for Students for the contest. Several of these organizations contributed money for cash prizes and judged the contest entries. More than $2,000 was awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners.
Contest winners included:
North Region
Drawing Contest
1st Place - Miel R. - Palmer Catholic Academy - Ponte Vedra - 5th Grade
2nd Place - Ellie M. - Palmer Catholic Academy - Ponte Vedra - 4th Grade
3rd Place - Ashley N. - Hendricks Avenue Elementary - Jacksonville - 5th Grade
Essay Contest
1st Place - Eve Glenn - C.W. Ruckel Middle School - Niceville
Video Contest
1st Place - Alyssa L., Demetrius J., Chauncey R. - Florida High - Tallahassee - 12th Grade
2nd Place - Kelsey J., Garrett M., Jay R., Andrew H. - Florida High - Tallahassee - 12th Grade
3rd Place - Austin B., Connor J., Cooper P. - Florida High - Tallahassee - 12th Grade
Central Region
Drawing Contest
1st Place - Samantha H. - St. James Cathedral School - Orlando - 4th Grade
2nd Place - Anastasia G. - Homeschool - 4th Grade
3rd Place - Noor B. - Ibn Seena Academy - Orlando - 4th Grade
Essay Contest
1st Place - Nykea R. - Basilica School of St.Paul - Daytona Beach - 8th Grade
2nd Place - Cassidy L. - Buffalo Creek Middle School - Palmetto - 8th Grade
3rd Place - Cierra W. - Meadowbrook Academy - Ocala - 8th Grade
Video Contest
1st Place - Janilice R. - Homeschool - Polk County - 11th Grade
South Region
Drawing Contest
1st Place - Abigail B. - Homeschool - 5th Grade
2nd Place - Melanie T. - Mater Gardens - Hialeah - 3rd Grade
3rd Place - Juwan S. - St. Anthony Catholic School - Ft. Lauderdale - 4th Grade
Essay Contest
1st Place - Esther B. - Homeschool - 7th Grade
2nd Place - Lexie B. - Everglades K-8 Center - Miami - 8th Grade
3rd Place - Vanessa C. - Everglades K-8 Center - Miami - 8th Grade
Video Contest
1st Place - Marissa F., Michelle S., Victoria P., Sarah A. - St. Brendan High School - Miami - 10th Grade
2nd Place - Allison M. - St. Brendan High School - Miami - 9th Grade
To learn more about the Florida’s Financial History Challenge winners around the state and to view winning entries, visit or call the Division of Consumer Services’ helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.