And The Winner of the NGPF Sweet 16 March Madness Bracket Challenge Is....

Apr 08, 2018
Contest Previous, Personal Finance

PAYBACK with a resounding 129-63 win over Spent. Thanks to the teachers (almost 500!) who participated in NGPF's Inaugural Sweet 16. 

Before we get to the gift card winners, a gentle reminder that PAYBACK was just nominated for a Webby (best of the Internet) so you get another chance to vote for it here. Please share with your social networks too! We are currently #2 in the voting and you can help get us that coveted People's Voice Award! 

Here are the five winners of a $100 gift card whose names were drawn from the 38% of teachers who selected PAYBACK as their fave back in March when the contest kicked-off

  • Anne Witick of Washington Academy (East Machias, Maine)
  • David Givens of Hume-Fogg Academic High School (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Kyle Kuhlers of Union High School (La Porte City, Iowa)
  • Schere Caufield of Banks High School (Banks, Oregon)
  • Shawn Bean of Bloom Trail High School (Chicago Heights, IL)

Here are the 20 winners of a $25 gift card who were drawn from the entire group of educators who participated:

  • Abbey Wesche of Bozeman High School (Bozeman, Montana)
  • Abbi Lillard of Logan County High School (Russellville, Kentucky)
  • Adam Yurgionas of Fayette County High School (Fayetteville, Georgia)
  • Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Carrie Harris of Stow-Munroe Falls High School (Stow, Ohio)
  • Diane Mondoro of Bridgewater-Raritan High School (Bridgewater, New Jersey)
  • Elizabeth Berger of Roxbury High School (Succasunna, New Jersey)
  • Hannah Walker of Crest High School (Shelby, North Carolina)
  • Janet Andrade of Bud Carson Middle School (Hawthorne, California)
  • Jennifer Jordan of Madeira High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Kayla Bousom of Johnston High School (Johnston, Iowa)
  • Kylie Rhoades of Stevensville High School (Stevensville, Montana)
  • Lauren Jackson of Morris Hills High School (Rockaway, New Jersey)
  • Lexi Shafer of Johnston High School (Johnston, Iowa)
  • Mary Doherty of John Champe High School (Aldie, Virginia)
  • Monica Owens of LaPorte High School (LaPorte, Indiana)
  • Nancy Shipley of Deer Lakes High School (Cheswick, Pennsylvania)
  • Paul Johnson of Glenwood Community High School (Glenwood, Iowa)
  • Sam Rogers of Riverton High School (Riverton, Utah)
  • Tania Driskill of Bolivar Schools (Bolivar, Missouri) 

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.