CORNELIUS – State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Bailey Middle School as having the highest number of students in the state certified through the EverFi Company’s digital literacy and financial literacy programs for the second year in a row.

Last year the school celebrated 650 certifications, this time upping it to 766. By offering classes about technology safety and personal finance through Everfi to all grades each year, staff said the goal is to have 100 percent certification.

“And those certifications will allow you to have credentials that will mean something as you go to your next level of education,” said Atkinson during a recognition ceremony April 25. “The other thing about those certifications and what you are learning here at Bailey is they will give you options as you continue into high school the workplace, college, community college or the military. I applaud you for taking advantage of all of the options and learning that you have here at Bailey.”

The school is also being recognized at an upcoming North Carolina Council on Economic Education awards banquet in Greensboro for its state personal finance challenge and the stock market games results.

“We are doing very well in the stock market games,” said Career Technical Education Teacher Rick Wall. “We were No. 1 in the fall and are on track to be No. 1 in the spring semester.”

The school also took second and third place for the personal finance challenge. It entailed students taking a 30-question test about personal finances, including credit cards, home payments and the stock market.

“The test was no easy task,” said Cameron Helein of the second place team. “All topics are vital in financial decision-making today in the real world. My group feels honored to be recognized.”

Joining him on the team were Cameron King, Alec Wells and Parker Miller.

EverFi’s Southeast Schools Manager Alice Wagner said Bailey students have spent 3,000 hours participating in their programs. For digital literacy, they learned about technology, Internet safety, texting and driving, piracy rules and censuring themselves on the Internet.

“EverFi has helped me be more aware of my cyber network and its capability of impacting people,” said Zoie Elliott, who passed the digital literacy program. “The course reminded me of how unsafe the viral world can be. I also learned how to help and warn the driver about texting and driving and the consequences of it. When it comes to buying a computer, I need to find one that fits my needs and wants and will work best for me.”

Other students also learned about finances, defining a savings account and spending responsibly.

“EverFi has changed my mindset of thinking how to invest in money and how I can save it,” said Mya Henderson, who took the personal finance class. “Also, I can tell the difference between giving and letting someone borrow money.”

Wagner presented Principal Chad Thomas with an award for the school’s dedication.