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TMP's Werth takes second at state finance competition





The team didn't fare as well as a year ago, but its leader still shined individually.

The Personal Finance Challenge team from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, the defending state champion which placed ninth at nationals last year, wasn't able to make the finals at this year's state competition Wednesday in Wichita.

However, Monarch senior Ross Werth finished in a tie for the second-highest individual score with a 210. Senior Dylan Geary from Blue Valley North in Overland Park turned in the top individual score of 255 in leading her team to the high school state title. The other team finalist was Olathe North.

Blue Valley North now will compete at nationals May 2 in St. Louis.

Tying TMP's Werth for the second-best individual score was Nickerson senior Jesse Porter. TMP was one of 13 high school teams to make the state finals of the challenge, which is sponsored by the Kansas Council for Economic Education. Another area school, Phillipsburg, will compete in the middle school division of the competition Wednesday along with six other teams from across the state.

Despite not being able to defend their state finance challenge title, Werth and several schoolmates still will compete in a national business education competition this summer.

He and six other TMP students will participate in the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference from June 27 to 30 in Anaheim, Calif.

They earned the right to compete at nationals by virtue of their performances at the state FBLA event earlier this month in Topeka.