MVHS wins big at econ event

Mounds View High School won the state champion title in the Adam Smith, or advanced placement, division of the statewide Economics Challenge on April 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

After losing their winning streak in 2018, Mounds View High School  students regained their state championship title, wining first place three out of the last four years, according to a press release from the Minnesota Council on Economic Education. St. Thomas Academy took second place.

Mounds View High School students Arthur Nghiem, Michael Pak, Aryan Sehgal and Abhishek Vijayakumar were in first place following the first three rounds of testing in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics/current events. In the final quiz bowl round against St. Thomas Academy, Mounds View took first place. 

The team won a cash prize of $200. Vijayakumar was named Economics Student of the Year for receiving the highest individual score at the competition. Martha Rush, social studies teacher at Mounds View High School, was their coach. Mounds View has won the state competition seven times, and has placed in the top four at the National Economics Challenge five times in the Adam Smith Division.

To make it to the state competition, Mounds View High School placed first at the Twin Cities Regional Challenge on March 14. More than 250 students statewide competed in regional competitions to qualify for the state challenge. At the state competition, Mounds View High School competed in the Adam Smith Division against teams from Edina High School, Richfield High School, St. Thomas Academy, Technical High School, Underwood High School, and Waubun High School. Seventy-two students on 19 teams from 16 schools competed in the state competition in three divisions.

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