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BCHS trio among top teams in NYS Econ Challenge

Filed in Archive, BCHS, Student Spotlight by on June 20, 2017

three students and teacher pose at museum

Pictured left to right: Econ Challenge team members Wenyuan (Roger) Hou, Andrew Kopplin, Michael Lee and teacher Jason Majewski

Congratulations to seniors Andrew Kopplin, Michael Lee and Roger Hou, who finished third in New York State in this year’s Econ Challenge. The trio was the only upstate team who earned an invitation to the quiz competition designed to test students on economic literacy.

The group traveled by train with their AP Economics teacher Jason Majewski to the state competition, which was held in April at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street.

“It was an honor for this team to be representing the school and the region at the New York State Econ Challenge,” said Majewski. “There were only eight teams who earned the right to compete. Bethlehem did extremely well placing third overall.”

Senior Roger Hou said the Econ Challenge was divided into three areas: Microeconomics, Macroeconomic and International Trade/Current Events. Students had to answer questions on the first two parts individually but could collaborate as a team on the International Trade and Current Events section.

He said competing teams were from some of the top schools in the metropolitan New York City area.

“All of the other schools came from about a 20-mile radius from the city,” said Hou. “It was nice meeting students from other schools with the same interests.”

When asked if the competition had provided any lessons they hadn’t expected, Lee answered that spending a good chunk of the weekend traveling to New York to compete in the Econ Challenge gave him time to think more about opportunity costs.

“On the train, we joked with Mr. Majewski about all of the other things we could be doing,” said Lee. “That’s opportunity cost. It is something we talk about all the time in class.”

Majewski said he was extremely proud of his students’ accomplishments.

“Beyond academics and quiz bowl competitions, these are students who excel at everything they do, including sports and the arts,” said Majewski. “They are truly Renaissance men.”