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Mt. Hebron Economics Teams Reach Finals in 2018 National Economics Challenge

May 10th, 2018

Eight Mt. Hebron High School students have qualified to compete in the national championships at the National Economics Challenge in New York City on May 19–22. Mt. Hebron’s two Maryland state champion Economics Challenge teams will participate in both the upper and lower divisions at the competition.

AP economics seniors Steven Jin, Jennifer Jung and Sam Nitkin, and junior Ryan Jung make up the Adam Smith Division (university-level economics) team. Sophomores Wyatt Currie, Aditya Krishna, Lorelei Loraine and David Wang are the David Ricardo Division (high school-level economics) squad.

To reach the finals, Mt. Hebron’s challenge teams bested more than 11,000 students nationwide, first winning Mt. Hebron’s 11th Maryland state title, then finishing in the top eight state champion teams in the national semi-finals round on April 24.

The National Economics Challenge is 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 skills to real-world events.

Students competing for the national title receive a trip to New York, medals and trophies, and share $20,000 in prize money. Competition rounds will cover microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. Students will then have to conduct an analysis of national policy issues, followed by a presentation of their recommendations. Finally, competitors will participate in a series of quiz bowl rounds that will be broadcast on CNBC.