Thursday, May 21, 2009

Starr's Mill HS Economics Team Places Third at Nationals

The finale of the Starr’s Mill High economics team ride to the National Economic Challenge Championship Finals in New York City ended with a third place finish at their first national competition.

Team members Keegan Christensen, Joseph Morrow, Ben Payne and Kendall Reeves squared off against three other high school teams from Minnesota, Indiana and Hawaii. The team competed in the David Ricardo division for students enrolled in single semester general economics classes. Economics teacher Mark DeCourcy coached the team.

Over 8,000 high school students in 34 teams competed this spring to advance to the championship series. Starr’s Mill’s road to the finals began when they won the state competition in March and then took the championship at the regional level in April.

The National Economics Challenge is an academic tournament that tests high school students both individually and as teams on their economic knowledge and problem solving skills. It is a competition demanding both critical thinking and teamwork. The challenge was established in 2000 with the support of the Goldman Sachs Foundation in a signature partnership with the Council for Economic Education. It is the only national economics competition for high school students.

Prizes are awarded to first and second place winners at the national and regional level. As the regional champions, each team member and DeCourcy received a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Additionally, as the state winners, Georgia House Representative John Yates drafted HR 1049 to honor the school, its team and DeCourcy for their achievement.

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