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BC students among top teams in NYS Econ Challenge

Filed in Archive, Student Spotlight by on May 7, 2019
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From l to r: Liam Karl, Govind Chari, Connor Chung, and Ethan Royka.

Congratulations to BC seniors Liam Karl,  Govind  Chari, Connor Chung, and  Ethan  Royka, who finished among the state’s top teams at this year’s New York State Econ Challenge, held last month in New York City. The group was the only upstate New York team to earn an invitation to join the most competitive bracket of the state quiz competition which tests students on economics knowledge and literacy. The BC team finished fourth in the state.

The state competition is held each year as part of the National Econ Challenge, sponsored by the Council for Economic Education.

After finishing first in a preliminary round of competition held locally, the four BCHS economics students traveled to New York City to the state event which was held April 7 at Hunter College. The BC team competed in the upper division of the Econ Challenge, known as the Adam Smith Division, against students from Stuyvesant High School,  Hunter College High School, New Rochelle High School, and Manhasset High School.

The teams each had to complete a series of three multiple-choice tests where they answered questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade and current events. The questions are designed to test the students’ knowledge of economic theory and challenge them to apply that knowledge to real-world problems.

BC team member Matt Phang, who helped the team earn its bid to participate in the state contest, was unable to attend the New York City event.

“This is the third year in a row that a team from our school earned the right to compete in the final round of the New York State Econ Challenge,” said Mr. Majewski, who traveled with the team to Hunter College. “In doing so, they not only represented the district but all of upstate New York in what is a very tough test against some of the best schools from the New York City metropolitan area.”

Majewski said in the preliminary regional competition, two Bethlehem teams finished in the top 10, including the team that competed in New York. The other top 10 team included Zephan Conway, Jason Sheingold, Dahlia Earleywine, and Evin Mattupurath.

Congratulations to these students for making BC proud!

Want to test your own economics literacy? You can do so with this quiz from the Council for Economic Education: https://www.councilforeconed.org/news-information/economic-literacy-quiz/