Awards

Washington State Econ Challenge Winners Receive Local Love

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. Read more…

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Econ Challenge Champs Receive Exciting Homecoming

Little Falls Community High School won for the second year in a row the National Championship title in the David Ricardo Division in the National Economics Challenge.

The winners, students Aaron Nilsen, Brian McNamara, Travis Spillum, and Eric Schmidt, and coach Tom Stockard, were welcomed home to Little Falls, Minnesota by a proud community and local press coverage.

“Little Falls represented Minnesota after winning first place in the state Economics Challenge competition, held April 7. It then advanced to the National Finals as one of the top four highest scoring teams at the National Semi-Finals competition, outpacing over 10,000 other students to win the all-expense paid trip to New York City.”

Read the full story here.

CEE wants to congratulate all of the winners at local, state and national levels. You can watch the National Championship Quiz Bowl here.

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Honolulu, HI and Little Falls, MN High Schools Take Home Top Honors in CEE’s 13th Annual National Economics Challenge

Iolani School and Little Falls Community High School Named Champions in Nationwide Competition

NEW YORK, NY MAY 8, 2013 – The Council for Economic Education is thrilled to announce the winners of the 13th Annual National Economics Challenge, a rigorous academic competition putting students’ economic skills and knowledge to the ultimate test. Nailing questions that few adults could answer correctly, Iolani School, Honolulu, HI took home the top prize for the Adam Smith Division, (for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students) and Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN was named the winner of the David Ricardo Division (for students who have only taken a single-semester economics course).  These teams outpaced over 10,000 other students to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a two-day competition to determine the overall champions.  This year’s Challenge is generously supported by State Farm®.

In the Challenge, CEE applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence, providing students with the opportunity to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Competitions are held at the State, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels in the two divisions.  In each competition, teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. At the National Finals, students complete rounds of testing, work in teams during a critical thinking round to solve a case problem, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl in order to compete for the title of National Champions.

The four finalist teams face each other in the final round of the Challenge in a “quiz-bowl” format held in New York City.  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.

The eight Finalist teams placed as follows:

ADAM SMITH DIVISION
1st Place: Iolani School | Honolulu, Hawaii
2nd Place: Choate Rosemary Hall | Wallingford, Connecticut
3rd Place: Mounds View High School | Arden Hills, Minnesota
4th Place: Richard Montgomery High School | Rockville, Maryland

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION
1st Place: Little Falls Community High School | Little Falls, Minnesota
2nd Place: Carmel High School | Carmel, Indiana
3rd Place: Olympia High School | Olympia, Washington
4th Place: Lexington High School | Lexington, Massachusetts

“Every year, the students competing at this level impress me more and more with the breadth and sophistication of their knowledge,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President of CEE. “Their grasp of complex economic concepts is remarkable at any age, but particularly so at the high school level. Congratulations Iolani and Little Falls on your achievements, and for setting the bar high for next year’s competition!”

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Tune in NOW for the 13th Annual National Economics Challenge!

We’re broadcasting live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center for the 13th Annual National Economics Challenge!

Watch the Quiz Bowl Finals in the David Ricardo and Adam Smith Divisions.

 


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VOTE FOR THE BEST TEAM VIDEO

Learn more about our amazing Finalist teams! Watch their video portraits that convey who they are as economics scholars, and vote once per day for your favorite video. The team with the most votes will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for their school and a $25 iTunes gift card for each student from the team.

Voting ends May 21 at 11:59 pm ET. Video contest has no influence on National Economics Challenge judging.

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POSTED: May 19, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Preparing for Global Competition

Patricia Wright 213x300 Preparing for Global CompetitionBy Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

It is always satisfying to watch a student’s face light up when he or she grasps a previously baffling concept or idea.

Even more satisfying is the moment when a student not only “gets it,” but also understands why something is worth knowing and how it might make a difference in his or her own life.

Empowering students was the goal of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance in April.  I had the privilege of addressing high school students from across the Commonwealth who had triumphed in the online portion of the competition and were battling it out in the championship rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their energy was contagious, and I was impressed by their command of this critical subject matter.

The Governor’s Challenge, sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), highlights real-world financial skills and economic concepts that the state Board of Education incorporated into a now-required high school course in economics and personal finance.

By passing the course, students will come to understand their role and opportunities in the global marketplace. They will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to make smart decisions as adults about spending, saving, investing, risk taking and, even, starting a business.

Meet the 2013 Governor’s Challenge state champions – Western Albemarle High School:

Partnerships allow us to draw upon existing strengths between school divisions, government, the private sector, and groups with specific expertise such as the Council for Economic Education and VCEE.  Together, we can maximize our investments and equip more students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to prosper and secure financial independence.

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