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Even after success in national program, Guntersville High gets another surprise

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A memorable experience is made even better for the Guntersville High School Wildcats.

For the Guntersville Wildcats, Friday was a pretty big day. There was a basketball game against Boaz, but the game wasn’t the only thing that made Friday exciting.

The school was getting recognized by H&R Block before the game, for their tremendous success in the H&R Block Budget Challenge. That program is a national competition designed to teach financial literacy. Out of all of the scholarships available through the program in that phase of competition, the Wildcats won nearly half of them, plus thousands of dollars in a grant for Guntersville High School.

On Friday, H&R Block company leaders and other public officials planned to recognize the students for their hard work.

Or, so the school thought. “We had been in conversation during the week about goals of the school and technology and things like that,” Principal Roseanne Mabrey says she had told leaders from the company one of their goals was to get a laptop for each student in the classroom.

So on Friday, as one more surprise to even school leaders, the school was presented with new computers – just to reward Guntersville students even more for their hard work in the program.

That’s a surprise that will be put to very good use, to help make futures even brighter. “I’m very proud of our students. I’m proud of Mrs. Sherry Brown for bringing this curriculum to her classroom, and we look forward to participating in the budget challenge in the future,” Mabrey says.

Another surprise the school had in store for them was the addition of a scholarship to the original 22 available through the competition. The added scholarship was awarded to a Wildcat.

Mabrey says the school will compete in the program as it is offered in the future.