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School District Five & Chapin student selected to participate in national virtual town hall

IRMO – A Chapin Middle School student recently participated in a nationwide virtual town hall hosted by Junior Achievement (JA) and CNBC.

Junior Achievement partnered with Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow, CNBC's financial wellness and education initiative in partnership with Acorns, to host "Tomorrows Are More Important Than Ever: A Virtual Town Hall for America's Teens" on April 23 at 1pm ET.

Casey Pash, President and CEO for JA of Greater South Carolina, nominated Chapin Middle School seventh grader Banks McGlohorn to participate in the town hall. He was asked to provide some information about himself, and also to submit any questions he had about how coronavirus was affecting the nation. Of the over 100 nominees from across the country, McGlohorn and 19 others were selected to ask the panelists questions. He was the only participant from South Carolina and he was the youngest student to participate.

”I was honored to represent Chapin Middle School and the entire state of South Carolina during the nationally broadcast virtual town hall,” McGlohorn said. “The coolest part for me was having Daymond John, co-star of the Shark Tank TV show, answer my question!”

Hosted by CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson, this unique interactive event gave teens across America direct access to some of the country's most knowledgeable economists, entrepreneurs, psychologists and counselors and ask them top-of-mind questions about how to best adapt to the new normal. The panelists offered simple, straightforward strategies to help empower participants to strive toward a bright and successful tomorrow.

Panelists included:

  • Sheila Bair, former FDIC Chair and CNBC Financial Wellness Council Member

  • Brian Coleman, School Counselor and Counseling Department Chair, William Jones College Prep High School, Chicago, Illinois; and American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2019 School Counselor of the Year

  • Daymond John, Founder and CEO, FUBU; Co-star, ABC's "Shark Tank"; and Author, Rise and Grind , The Power of Brokeand Powershift

  • Brad Klontz, PhD, PsyD, CFP, Founder, Financial Psychology Institute; Associate Professor of Practice in Financial Psychology, Creighton University Heider College of Business; and CNBC Financial Wellness Council Member

"Millions of Americans are struggling with the financial impact of COVID-19," said Jack E. Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "This situation is so stressful and so dynamic that teens undoubtedly have questions and concerns but may not feel comfortable talking to their parents or caregivers, who may be trying to figure out how to make ends meet in this environment. We thank CNBC for partnering with JA to create an outlet for teens to understand better what's happening and how to help themselves and their families navigate these uncertain times."

Satpal Brainch, President, CNBC Business News Worldwide added, "Partnering with Junior Achievement on such an important event further solidified our commitment to financial literacy and allowed us to lend a voice in helping educate younger generations."

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

“Banks and his dad, Greg, have been involved with Junior Achievement in our area for several years, and JA has provided Banks with many leadership opportunities,” said Chapin Middle School principal Anna Miller. “We were so excited to see Banks ask his question about small businesses and entrepreneurship during the town hall, and we were thrilled that Daymond John was the one to answer his question. We miss Banks and all of our students, so it was really good to see him all dressed up looking sharp and representing South Carolina so well.”

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