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Mt. Hebron Economics Teams Excel in 2018 National Finals

May 30th, 2018

Mt. Hebron High School Economics Challenge student teams finished second and third at the National Economics Challenge, the nation’s only high school competition in academic economics. The challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem solving and critical thinking to real-world events.

The Mt. Hebron economics team was recognized in July by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

The senior team—made up of seniors Steven Jin, Jennifer Jung and Sam Nitkin, and junior Ryan Jung—finished second overall, and first in the microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and critical-thinking performance categories in the university-level Adam Smith division.

The sophomore team—sophomores Wyatt Currie, Aditya Krishna, Lorelei Loraine and David Wang—placed third in the high school-level David Ricardo division, including a first place in macroeconomics.

Mt. Hebron junior Ryan Jung received the Russell Glass Award for top overall performance of all U.S. economics students. The Award is given to the top U.S. Adam Smith Division scholar for best individual achievement.

Senior Jennifer Jung represented the United States and U.S. women in economics in a live interview on CNBC’s morning show “Squawk Box.”

The student teams qualified to compete in the National Economics Challenge in New York after winning Mt. Hebron’s 11th Maryland state title, then besting more than 11,000 students nationwide to finish in the top eight state champion teams in the national semi-finals round in April.

Members of the Mt. Hebron economics team with their Governor’s Citations.

Competition rounds covered microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. Students conducted an analysis of national policy issues, followed by a presentation of their recommendations. Finally, competitors participated in a series of quiz bowl rounds that were broadcast on CNBC.