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Fauquier High student scores 100% on financial literacy exam

Finn Cook (ABC7 photo)

Seventeen-year-old Finn Cook has always been at home with numbers. So when the advanced math student signed up for an economics and personal finance class his junior year: "It felt easy like I could do this," Cook told ABC7 News.

Cook didn't only perform well, he aced the final exam, earning a perfect score on the national financial literacy certification test. It's something only a tiny percentage of students who take the course accomplish. Karen Chipman, a business teacher at Faquier High School explained, "The students who are getting 100 percent are the ones who really get it. It comes a little bit more naturally for them."

w!se or Working in Support of Education is the non-profit behind the test. The organization recently invited students who earned a score of 95 percent or better to New York City for a celebration. Cook and the other awardees were honored at the Museum of American Finance.

Cook's mother took the trip to the Big Apple with her son. "Meeting people, making contacts through the financial world, and meeting other students, I just thought it was an incredible opportunity for him," she shared.

At the awards reception, Cook received a financial literacy pin and Centurion's Honor Cord for his outstanding achievement. Now the teen, who expected to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, has a new interest in finance. "I'm definitely looking into possibly pursuing more courses in finance. It's something I enjoyed a lot and would possibly like doing in the future," he said.

Fewer than five percent of students who participate in the w!se Financial Literacy Certification program score 95 percent or better on the test.

This story has been updated, Thursday, July 6, 2017.

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