Treasurer Sprague Announces Fourth Quarter Compass Award Honorees

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the fourth quarter of 2023. The quarterly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

“We’re proud to recognize our newest Compass Award honorees for their ongoing efforts to advance financial literacy education and empowerment in our state,” said Treasurer Sprague. “It’s critical that we equip students with the necessary tools and ‘know-how’ to make smart financial decisions throughout their lives. Thanks to the hard work of Courtney and the Bowling Green High School DECA program, many more young Ohioans are on the path to financial success.”

Fourth Quarter Compass Award honorees include:

Courtney Warman

Serving as the Healthy Finances Program Specialist for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, Courtney Warman supports the delivery of financial education programming through Extension offices across Ohio. Warman's contributions have expanded the overall reach of the program, as well as its educational offerings. In addition to managing the creation of a virtual Money 101 program for adults, Warman plays a key role in efforts to update Real Money. Real World. curriculum and continue its expansion across the State of Ohio.

Bowling Green High School DECA

The Bowling Green High School DECA is a satellite program of Penta Career Center offered to 11th and 12th grade students. DECA provides students with experiential learning and work experiences related to a variety of careers in business management and administration, finance, hospitality and tourism, and project management. Through the program, students learn to plan, implement, and manage projects from the early stages to completion.

In 2023, participating seniors facilitated a money management class for students. Seniors visited the middle school’s Money Management class and provided small group instruction on topics such as saving, interest, and investments. The project made a measurable impact on students, as data collected from final exam scores reflected an overall improvement of 8% from the prior year. Through the project, seniors also shared they gained useful knowledge about money management.