Council for Economic Education Announces the Eight Finalists Advancing to the 17th Annual National Economics Challenge(SM)

NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to announce the eight teams who will be competing in the 17th Annual National Economics ChallengeSM  in New York City. The following teams had the highest scores in the semi-final rounds from a field of over 11,000 students vying for the National Championship within their respective Divisions:

ADAM SMITH DIVISION (for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students):

  • Chattahoochee High School, (Johns Creek, Georgia)
  • The Harker School (San Jose, California)
  • Mounds View High School (Arden Hills, Minnesota)
  • Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Technology (Fairfax County, Virginia)

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION (for students who have taken only a single economics course):

  • Cranbrook School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
  • Homestead High School (Cupertino, California)
  • Hunter College High School (New York, New York)
  • North Penn High School (Lansdale, Pennsylvania)

The National Economics ChallengeSM is the nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition. 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. This year, over 11,000 students across the U.S. participated in the competition.

The Finals, which include written exams and a critical thinking round, will be held May 20-May 22 in New York City. They culminate in a “quiz-bowl” round where student teams are called upon to answer tough questions on complex economic concepts and theories involving microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events, all in real-time. The Finals will be hosted by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, Steve Liesman.

This year’s Challenge will also include a pilot of CEE’s Economics Challenge: International, featuring a quiz bowl round of the winning U.S. teams against two teams from China. The China teams represent the winners from China’s first-ever Economics Challenge: International, put on by our exclusive Chinese partner, SKT Education.

“I am always so impressed by the depth of knowledge and engagement of the students,” Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO. “They represent the talented pipeline for tomorrow’ leaders.”

This year’s Challenge is sponsored by Investopedia, who has generously provided the Championship team from each division with scholarship prizes and awards.

Follow the Council for Economic Education on Twitter @council4econed—we’ll be live-tweeting the action. Follow the hashtag, #EconChallenge for real-time results and to cheer on all the competitors. For additional information visit:

About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education is the leading non-profit 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 nearly 70 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. EconEdLink – our free, online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources – attracts more than 1 million unique visitors annually.

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