Loudoun County, VA (May 4, 2015) – On April 17th, 16 students from Freedom High School attended the state championships for the Governor’s Economics Challenge at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
One of Freedom’s teams, competing in the David Ricardo Division, emerged as the state champion. The David Ricardo Division is for students who have completed the Introductory Economics course, but have not taken Advanced Placement (AP) Economics. Freedom’s Maddie Sugg, Rahul Admala, Joe Reeves and Owen Mc Cafferty finished first, after defeating Buffalo Gap HS 16-4 in the finals.
Michelle Plasari was the teacher involved with the winning team.
More than 3,200 students statewide competed in the Governor’s Economic Challenge, in which teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events.
The Freedom students are now participating in the National Semi-Finals, from which four teams nationwide will be invited to New York City to compete in the National Finals in May.
Only three teams from Virginia received this honor after competing in the Governor’s Challenge. Chantilly High School from Fairfax won the Adam Smith Division for advanced economics. Woodbridge High School from Prince William County won the Personal Finance Division.
The Governor’s Challenge is conducted in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on enhancing K-12 economics and financial education. This year’s seniors will be the first class to graduate having earned a required credit in economics and personal finance. The Governor’s Challenge is one of many programs that enhance classroom learning and help build on economic concepts to equip students with skills needed for more informed decision-making.
Sponsorship from lead sponsor Capital One and additional sponsors BCG Companies and Virginia Credit Union made the Governor’s Challenge possible.