Nation’s Top High School Students Students Vie for Championship in National Economics Challenge

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Eight Finalist Teams Compete for Championship in Council for Economic Education Annual Competition, Chance to Ring NYSE Closing Bell

Not too many adults know the difference between an IRA and a 401k, let alone Keynesian and Monetarist theories. But eight high school teams nailed these and other brainbusters to compete in the final rounds of the 14th Annual National Economics Challenge. This year’s winners have outpaced over 10,500 students to vie for more than just the championship: the victors will also ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange!

The National Economics Challenge, hosted by the Council for Economic Education, applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence. Competitions are held at the State, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels in two divisions: the Adam Smith Division (for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students) and the David Ricardo Division (for students who have only taken a single semester economics course). Topics covered include micro- and macro-economic priorities, international and current events.

The finals, held May 18-19 in New York City, include written exams and a critical thinking round and culminate in a “quiz-bowl” round held at WNET Studios at Lincoln Center. This year’s challenge also includes special guest video questions from Janet Yellen, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

The winners not only take home the trophy, they depart immediately from the studio to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell!

Watch the final round of the competition live on Monday, May 19th at 1 PM at WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in Manhattan by tuning into our Facebook page.


Bellaire High School/Bellaire, Texas
Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
Iolani School/Honolulu, Hawaii
Grissom High School/Huntsville, Alabama


Little Falls Community High School/Little Falls, Minnesota
Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
Hunter College High School/New York, New York
Souderton Area High School/Souderton, Pennsylvania

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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 - and we have been doing so for 65 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States.

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