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2023 National Economics Challenge Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2023 National Economics Challenge! The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the country’s only economics competition of its kind for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy. We are endlessly impressed with high school students’ ability to tackle complex economic concepts every year and can’t wait to see the top teams compete in New York City this May.  

Top scorers from each state are invited to compete for the national title at finals. The competition runs in two divisions: 

  • Adam Smith Division – for AP, international baccalaureate, and honors economics students 
  • David Ricardo Division – for first-time competitors who have taken no more than one economics course  

We’re excited that CNBC will once again live stream CEE’s NEC Quiz Bowl competition—hosted by CNBC’s senior economics reporter Steve Liesman–live on starting at around 1pm on Monday, May 22nd. Tune in here

This year’s NEC is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. We are deeply grateful for their support of young economics enthusiasts today, so they’re well-positioned to shape the very best tomorrow. 

Once again, congratulations to the winners. We can’t wait to see you at finals! 

2023 National Economics Challenge Finalists:


Adam Smith: Vestavia Hills High School 


Adam Smith: BASIS Mesa 

David Ricardo: Hamilton High School 


Adam Smith: Haas Hall Academy 

David Ricardo: Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts 


Adam Smith: The Harker School 

David Ricardo: Vista Del Lago High School 


Adam Smith: Farmington High School 

David Ricardo: The Taft School 


Adam Smith: Bolles School 


Adam Smith: The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology 

David Ricardo: The Walker School 


Adam Smith: ʻIolani School 

David Ricardo: ʻIolani School 


Adam Smith: Carmel High School 

David Ricardo: Penn High School 


Adam Smith: West High School 

David Ricardo: Clarinda High School 


Adam Smith: De Soto High School 

David Ricardo: De Soto High School 


Adam Smith: Campbell County 

David Ricardo: Campbell County High School 


Adam Smith: Marriotts Ridge High 

David Ricardo: Mt Hebron High 


Adam Smith: Lexington High School 

David Ricardo: Hopkinton High School 


Adam Smith: Detroit Country Day School 

David Ricardo: Troy High School 


Adam Smith: Mounds View High School 

David Ricardo: DeLaSalle High School 


Adam Smith: Germantown High School 

David Ricardo: Discovery Christian School 


Adam Smith: Marquette High School 

David Ricardo: Hannibal Career and Technical Center 


Adam Smith: Hellgate High School 

David Ricardo: Park County High School 


Adam Smith: Skutt Catholic High School 

David Ricardo: Creighton Preparatory School 

New Hampshire 

Adam Smith: Phillips Exeter Academy 

David Ricardo: Phillips Exeter Academy 

New Jersey 

Adam Smith: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies 

David Ricardo: Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan 

New York 

Adam Smith: Hunter College High School 

David Ricardo: Hunter College High School 

North Carolina 

Adam Smith: Butler Highs School 

David Ricardo: Raleigh Charter High School Club 


Adam Smith: Mason High School 

David Ricardo: Liberty High School 


Adam Smith: Casady School 


Adam Smith: Lake Oswego High School 


Adam Smith: Nazareth Area High School 

David Ricardo: Conestoga High School 

Rhode Island 

Adam Smith: East Greenwich High School 

David Ricardo: Wheeler School 

South Carolina 

Adam Smith: Lexington High School 


Adam Smith: St. John’s School 

David Ricardo: St. John’s School 


Adam Smith: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology 

David Ricardo: Populus Academy 


Adam Smith: Olympia High School 

David Ricardo: Blaine High School 


Adam Smith: De Pere High School 

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities which connects to and strengthens our broader economy. We carry out our mission primarily by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for nearly 75 years. EconEdLink, our free online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons, attracts approximately 450,000 users annually and nearly two-thirds of the tens of thousands of teachers we train are in low- to moderate-income schools. CEE also provides young people with programs to prepare them for their financial futures and help them understand the economic impact of real-world events. Invest in Girls, our program for high school girls, and our National Economics and Personal Finance Challenges together inspire and motivate over 30,000 high school students annually. All resources and programs are educator developed and delivered by our nearly 200 affiliates nationally. We also advocate for more and better education in personal finance and economics, leveraging our biennial Survey of the States.    


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