Two teams from Wilmot Union High School competed at the 5th annual Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl state championship held at Manpower Group Building in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 30. Each team qualified for state by finishing first and second at the Regional last December at the Racine Gateway campus. The competition is organized by Asset Builders of America with assistance from volunteers from several prominent financial institutions.
The team of Tara Steffen, Savannah Rivers, and Johny Weber won their first two matches and advanced to the elite eight before being defeated by the team from Rhinelander.
The championship team consisting of Caitlin Griffin, Bradley Jackson, Becca Krenz, and Kayla Bouma earned a first round bye after putting up the second highest score in the seeding round that began the single elimination jeopardy-style tournament. They then won three straight matches against Marshfield, Menominee Falls, and top seeded Neenah to take home the traveling trophy and $40 cash each. The Panthers were lead by the fast buzzing Caitlin Griffin in her fourth and final year of FICB. The senior, fittingly wearing golden shoes, totally dominated the event with lighting fast reflexes and flawless responses during the 30-question multi-tiered match. After winning the event Griffin responded, “After four years of qualifying for state it was rad to finally bring the trophy home. This competition helped me choose what I want to do with my life; be the first female CEO of Goldman Sachs.” Coach Don Serkowski added, “this was the first time a female really took over the competition, so if anybody can do it Caitlin can.”
This is the second state championship for Wilmot. The Panthers won the very first FICB state competition in 2010.