Press Release

Beloit Memorial H.S. and Teacher Win Financial Literacy Champion Award

Release date: 5/27/2015

Beloit, WI - Mr. Tony Capozziello, Family Consumer Education teacher at Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin is the winner of the 2015 Financial Literacy Champion Award presented by First National Bank and Trust (FNBT). Nominated by a fellow teacher for his commitment to financial literacy in the classroom, Capozziello received $100 individually and Beloit Memorial High School received a $1,000 grant from FNBT to continue financial education efforts at the school. The prizes were awarded at a student assembly on Wednesday, May 27 at the school.

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The Financial Literacy Champion contest was promoted through FNBT’s Facebook page. Mr. Capozziello was nominated by his colleague, Mary Kaye Richardson, for writing the curriculum and advocating for a financial literacy requirement at the high school. “Tony teaches with passion, helps students complete tax returns, and genuinely cares about these kids,” said Richardson. “He brings in speakers to his class and has the upmost commitment to exposing his students to the business world.” Capozziello was selected as a finalist. Voting was open to the community on the bank’s Facebook page,

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“Financial education is so important,” said FNBT’s Elaine Ribarich, branch manager of the bank’s Grand Avenue office in Beloit. “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 third year that the bank has awarded the Financial Literacy Champion Award.

About Beloit Memorial High School: The mission of Beloit Memorial High School, a high performing diverse learning community, is to prepare and empower each student to compete and achieve to one's potential in a changing global society by engaging students in challenging, diversified and relevant educational experiences. For more information, visit

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 more than 27,000 households in 9 communities and 12 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $820 million. 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