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Packers star teaches Merrill students financial football

A Packers star teamed up with area congressmen to help kids tackle the challenge of managing their money.
A group of Merrill High School students took a trip down Highway 29 east to test their skills against a team from Green Bay West. They played financial football -- an educational video game that quizzes students on their financial IQ.
"I'm 18 years old so I'll be doing some of those things in the next couple of months before I go to college," said Merrill High School senior Lucas Olson.

"Eventually we're not going to be living with our parents and we're going to have to learn how to take care of money on our own," said Merrill High School sophomore Brooke Arneson.

On the virtual field, the difficulty of the questions determined how many yards the team would gain. And a wrong answer could lead to a fumble.
Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings played for both teams during the course of the challenge and says these skills are good for kids to learn while they are young.
"In playing a game, you're not focused on learning so much but you're retaining that bit of knowledge that you're getting with those questions so I think it's a very smart way to get kids engaged," said Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Congressman Sean Duffy coached Merrill's group. Rep. Reid Ribble coached the Green Bay West team.
"We want to make sure they're responsible as they go out into the world with as much information and training as possible," said Duffy. "Schools that teach that are ahead of the curve."
Merrill won the game 8-6.
If you want to play the game, you can get it for free online at the Apple app store.
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