Ridgefield High School student Evan Smolin placed 14th in the country (out of more than 20,000 students) in the H&R Block Budget Challenge, the highest an RHS student has placed to date. Smolin’s personal finance class finished in the top 10% nationally.

The challenge is an online simulation tool that replicates real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making. By simulating an adult’s financial life — paying bills, investing in retirement, managing loans, and more — students take a personal finance “road test.”