Press Release

2018 Financial Literacy Champion Announced

Release date: 5/25/2018

Beloit, WI – Sherri Hendrickson, Business Information and Technology Instructor at Monroe High School in Monroe, Wisconsin is the winner of the 2018 Financial Literacy Champion Award presented by First National Bank and Trust (FNBT).

Photo of 2018 FLC Check PresentationThe Financial Literacy Champion Award was promoted through FNBT’s Facebook page. Hendrickson was nominated by FNBT’s Executive Vice President of Wealth Management, Mark Leach, for running a successful and popular high school investment club that teaches students how to understand and invest in the stock market. She was selected as a finalist and voting was open to the community on the bank’s Facebook page,   

As the award winner, Hendrickson received $100 individually and Monroe High School received a $1,000 grant from FNBT to continue financial education efforts at the school. The prizes were awarded at Monroe High School on Friday, May 18 by her nominator, Mark Leach, along with Steve Schneider, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking Manager, and Christina Symons, manager of the bank’s Monroe Branch.

“Financial education is so important,” said Symons. “The lessons students learn at school stick with them later in life. It is just good Sound Advice to discuss money management with high school students before they head off to college and into the working world.” This is the sixth year that the bank has awarded the Financial Literacy Champion Award.

About Monroe High School:  Monroe Schools’ mission is to prepare, challenge and support all students to achieve their goals for a productive life. For more information, visit      

About FNBT: First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.1 billion.  Commitment to full service banking, investments, asset management, exceptional service, and Sound Advice has positioned First National Bank and Trust Company as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit