The four finalist teams in CEE’s National Economics Challenge face each other in the final round in a “quiz-bowl” format held in New York City, this year on May 19. Each team must have previously won in its state and been one of the top four highest scoring teams at the National Semi-Finals competition in order to advance to the championship series.
This year’s third place winner in the David Ricardo Division was Olympia High School from Olympia, Washington.
The team, comprised of students Josh Borden, Marissa Grubbs, Luke Johnson and Laura Smit, with coach Brian LeTourneau, received a warm welcome when they returned home to Washington with their trophies.
From The Olympian:
Pam Whalley, president of the Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education, said: “To put this team’s accomplishment into perspective, they were competing against students from states where economics is a required course for high school graduation (which is not true here). That they performed so well is a testament to not only their individual knowledge, but also to their outstanding teacher, Brian LeTourneau.”
Even though they didn’t win, the competition was a great experience for the students, LeTourneau said.
“CEE put us up in the Hilton Millennium Hotel overlooking Ground Zero,” he said. “The students enjoyed good food, an evening boat trip around the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan with dancing, and enough free time to see some of Midtown and Central Park.”
Congratulations to Olympia High School and all of the 2013 National Finalists!