Students competed against nearly 6,000 others to be honored as the Nation’s brightest
NEW YORK – May 21, 2012 – Belmont High School of Belmont, MA, and Little Falls Community High School of Little Falls, MN placed first in their divisions of an exciting quiz bowl to become the national champions of the 2012 National Economics Challenge, presented by the Council for Economic Education (CEE).
Belmont, competing in the Adam Smith division of students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or honors courses, beat The Harker School of San Jose, CA, 15-6; while Little Falls, competing in the David Ricardo division for students enrolled in introductory-level economics courses, beat Carmel High School from Carmel, IN, with a score of 15-4.
Teams who competed to win the national title placed as follows:
Adam Smith division
- Belmont High School, Belmont, MA – 1st Place
- The Harker School, San Jose, CA – 2nd Place
- Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX – 3rd Place
- Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, IL – 4th Place
David Ricardo division
- Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN – 1st Place
- Carmel High School, Carmel, IN – 2nd Place
- Iolani School, Honolulu, HI – 3rd Place
- Michael E. DeBakey High School, Houston, TX – 4th Place
Belmont was led by coach Bryan Corrigan, and his team members were Ben Goodman, Robbie Gibson, John Lazenby and Even Green. Little Falls was led by coach Tom Stockard, and his team members were Derek Toso, Adam Grams, Caleb Hardekopf and Michael Borders.
More than 1,500 high school teams in 33 states contended for a spot in the championship in New York City. Finalist teams competed in the oral quiz bowl about complex economic concepts and theories of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics and current events.
“CEE wants to ensure that economics and personal finance concepts are taught to our students – and that these concepts stick with them through adulthood,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of the Council for Economic Education. “As these remarkable young people have shown us this weekend, teaching these subjects at a young age provides students with the strong foundation to grow into tomorrow’s leaders.”
The 2012 National Economics Challenge was made possible by generous support from State Farm®.
Watch the National Economics Challenge here.
About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance—so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in the global economy. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and approximately 5 million students.
About the National Economics Challenge
The CEE created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, advance academics and school spirit and reward scholarship. In 2011, more than 1,200 teams of high school students participated in 32 states nationwide. The National Economics Challenge is one of several key initiatives in the CEE’s “Campaign for Economic Literacy” which seeks to focus public attention on the importance of economic literacy and the need for a high-quality, standards-based economics curriculum in every state.