FHN Students Win State Title in National Economics Challenge

Posted on 05/10/2018
FHN Students Win State Title in National Economics Challenge

Four FHN students were recently crowned State Champions in the Semi-Finals of the National Economics Challenge (NEC). Competing in the Adam Smith Division, “The Schmidters” team is comprised of Brendan Schmidt, Colby Winner, Caitlind Walker, and Riley Lawson.

“This was totally voluntary from the students. They scored really well on their AP Micro and AP Macro unit tests throughout the year,” said Melissa Hanrahan, team sponsor and Business teacher at FHN.

The Adam Smith Division challenges advance placement, international baccalaureate, and honor students to answer thirty questions individually. Scores are based on knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current global events. The top eight highest scoring semi-finalist state teams moved on to compete in the NEC Finals, May 19-21, in New York City.

“Competitions like this are so important because students often don’t feel that what they are learning in a class can be applied to real-world situations,” said Hanrahan. “Competitions build teamwork, they build application, and they give students a chance to problem solve.”

Over 11,000 students compete in the NEC competition every year, the nation’s only competitive economics event at the high school level. Students are recognized for their knowledge of economic principles, and their ability to apply this knowledge to real-world events. The top eight teams at the national level will receive a trophy, medals, and cash prizes.

“They were not in the top eight teams that qualified, however, I am very proud of them!” said Hanrahan. Congratulations to Team Schmidters on a job well done!

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