Mississippi Council on Economic Education Announces 2015 State Economics Challenge Competition

April 7, 2015

 

High School Students Flex Their Intellectual Muscles!

 

  • 20 teams from 18 schools from throughout Mississippi will be competing in a fun and free way to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic knowledge on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Millsaps College on the first floor of the Leggett Center in Jackson, MS
  • The Economics Challenge, in its 12th year and made possible by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, State Farm, Millsaps College, and Security Ballew, Inc. and delivered by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, challenges high school students s to complete rounds of testing, work in teams to solve case problems, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl in order to compete for the title of State Champions
  • High school students will be competing for $8,250 in college scholarships.
  • The best time for the media to attend will be for the quiz bowl round which will take place from 1:45-2:15. However, media is welcome anytime from 10 am - 3 pm.

 

Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams at the State Economics Challenge to be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Millsaps College on the first floor of the Leggett Center in Jackson, MS. Qualifying rounds of the competition are held three times during the school year at the school level via online testing. In each competition, teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. Top scoring teams from the online challenge advance to the State Challenge, where students complete rounds of testing, work in teams to solve case problems, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl in order to compete for the title of State Champions.

 

At the State Challenge, 20 teams from 18 schools from around the state of Mississippi will be competing in a fun and free way to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic knowledge.

 

This competition for high school students has two divisions: The Adam Smith Division, for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students; and the David Ricardo Division for semester general economics students. The highest scoring students and teams in each division by region qualified to compete for $8,250 in college scholarships and awards at the state level.

 

First Place - $750*
Second Place - $250*

Economics Student of the Year - $250

 

*Prizes are awarded to 2015 State Economics Challenge students, in each division, David Ricardo and Adam Smith.

 

The following schools will be competing at the state challenge:

 

2015 Mississippi Economics Challenge Teams

 

State Economics Challenge winners advance to the National Semi-Finals, from which the top 4 scoring teams and their coach, in each division, win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Finals. 2015 National Economics Challenge finalists are awarded cash prizes as follow:

 

First Place - $1000*
Second Place - $500*
Third Place - $250*
Fourth Place - $200*

 

*Prizes are awarded to 2015 National Economics Challenge finalists, students and coaches, in each division, David Ricardo and Adam Smith.

 

"The Mississippi Council on Economic Education provides teachers with professional development in economics and financial literacy education that enables them to teach skills the students need for success. Economic literacy is a college and career ready skill taught in all Mississippi high schools. Many of the Economics Challenge competitors are taught by Master Teachers of Economics, an endorsement established by the Mississippi Board of Education. As teachers' skills improve in teaching these complex courses, their students demonstrate greater success in the annual competition,'' stated Selena Swartzfager, President of the MS Council on Economic Education. The next Master Teacher of Economics program will be held in June at Millsaps College. Economics teachers from around the state are encouraged to attend at no cost to the teacher. More information on the dates and location can be found at http://mscee.org/workshop-signup/#Q2.

  

About the MS Council on Economic Education

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) has a mission to increase economic and financial literacy in Mississippi by providing resources and training to public and private K-12 school teachers, empowering students to create a more prosperous future for themselves and Mississippi. The MCEE's purpose is to enhance the quality of instruction in economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance to Mississippi's K-12 students in ways that are academically sound and nonpartisan.   We train teachers to be proficient in teaching students a demonstrated understanding of economic and financial literacy in order to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives. To find out more about the MCEE and its programs: 

 

Contact MCEE at mscee@millsaps.edu or 601-974-1325. www.mscee.org, @mseconeducation

 

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