Mounds View High School wins National Economics Challenge

Mounds View High School students Jacob Weightman, Emily Ruan, Abraham Chen and Sam Rush at the 2015 Minnesota Economics Challenge in April. (courtesy of Paula Keller, MCEE)
Mounds View High School students Jacob Weightman, Emily Ruan, Abraham Chen and Sam Rush at the 2015 Minnesota Economics Challenge in April. (courtesy of Paula Keller, MCEE)

Mounds View High School recently came home with the gold after a team of four students won the 15th annual National Economics Challenge in New York City. The school's four-member team took the title in the Adam Smith Division (for students in advanced placement or honors economics classes) on May 18. This is the first time Mounds View High School has won the National Economics Challenge, and the third time Mounds View has competed at the national level.

The winning students are Abraham Chen, Emily Ruan, Sam Rush and Jacob Weightman. Martha Rush, social studies and economics teacher at Mounds View High School, served as their coach. Mounds View represented Minnesota after winning first place in the state Economics Challenge competition held last month. They 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.

At the National Finals, students completed rounds of testing, worked in teams during a critical thinking round to solve a case problem, and participated in a fast-paced quiz bowl. Mounds View High School placed first in all three rounds.

In addition to the first place title, the winning students receive $1,000 in cash prizes.  

The National Economics Challenge is the only national economics competition for high school students and applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence, providing students with the opportunity to utilize their economics knowledge and work in teams.

 

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