Camden National Bank recognized Medomak Valley High School students at a certification ceremony held at the school on Friday, May 27 as the first graduates of the Camden National Bank Financial Scholars Program. The financial literacy program, which was launched in four schools this year, is part of Camden National’s ongoing initiative to increase financial literacy education throughout the state.

More than 30 students were recognized for their participation as Financial Scholars, with 17 students becoming certified in the program, having completed all of the program’s instructional modules. The Financial Scholars Program utilizes the EverFi Financial Literacy E-Learning Platform, an online program that uses new media technologies to teach students about more than 600 personal finance topics.

“Congratulations to the first graduates of the Camden National Bank Financial Scholars Program,” said Gregory Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank, in a news release. “Medomak Valley High School and its students have embraced financial literacy education, and we hope to see many others follow their lead.”

Although the program has already been implemented in three other schools – Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School and Lincoln Academy – and is scheduled to launch in three more schools in the fall, the Medomak students were the first to become certified in the program. The students’ achievement was made possible in part by the efforts of Medomak Valley teacher Joyce Davidson, who integrated the online program with her existing business mathematics class.

“There are so many different kinds of learners,” said Davidson, who followed up her traditional lesson plans with corresponding EverFi modules. “The program put them in the moment, and the kids met it with a lot of enthusiasm.”

Davidson is planning to teach two classes next year. Davidson hopes to see at least 50 students become certified in financial literacy during the 2011-2012 school year.

“My goal is to make students smarter consumers,” said Davidson. “I’m just so glad the Camden National Bank Financial Scholars Program was brought to our attention.”