Financial Planning Team again makes it to Ameriprise national championship finals

Fort Hays State University Financial Planning Team has once again qualified for the finals of the Ameriprise Financial Planning Invitational.

The team of Laura Voran, Cimarron senior, Levi Salmans, Hanston senior, and Ryan Vavricka, Ness City senior, will compete against the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, Kansas State University, Wright State, Mississippi State, Appalachian State and Slippery Rock in the final two phases of the competition.

The competition will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., from April 23-26.

"This is the 'national championship' of financial planning and open to those universities that have CFP Board Registered programs," said Dr. Thomas Johansen, associate professor of finance and director of the financial planning program.

"We are eight for eight," he said. "That is, we have competed for eight years and made it to the finals in each of the eight years. We have also been in the top five in the nation every year, placing first, first, third, fifth, fourth, fourth, and third, respectively."

The competition has three phases: a written financial plan, an oral presentation of the plan, and a game show competition similar to Jeopardy. The top eight written financial plans in the country advance to the finals to present their plan and participate in the game show.

"Of the three phases," said Johansen, "we have placed first in the oral presentation three out of seven years and second two other years."

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