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KCK high school student wins $20,000 scholarship from H&R Block

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Posted at 5:03 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 18:03:55-04

High scores on a financial literacy challenge paid-off in a big way for a Piper High School senior. 

Zachary King had a surprise visit at his school in KCK Wednesday afternoon from H&R Block corporate leaders and a Sporting KC player.  

King scored in the top 10 in the nation on a financial literacy online course offered by H&R Block. He won a $20,000 scholarship. He's also as a new appreciation for managing money. 

"You have to be prepared for those unexpecteds," said King. "You really have to make sure you're paying attention to what's going on you can't miss a bill or you can't just zone out,"  King concluded. 

King said he plans to go to the University of Utah and major in cyber security. 

He said he is relieved because the $20,000 should pay for the first year of tuition. 

 The H&R Block officials called their Budget Challenge, a national real-life simulation personal financial education program. This free program is helping students master real-world budgeting and personal finance decision making – crucial skills all teens need after graduation.