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Central High School Students Win the Midwest Economic Challenge: Students Now Head to the Big Apple

A team of four students from Parkway Central High School emerged as the victors in their division at the Midwest Economic Challenge. Kevin Yuan, James Lee, Jimmy Kan and Nabihah Maqbool, accompanied by teacher/advisor, Tom Chambers, joined others from Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This annual college-bowl like competition, hosted by the Illinois Council on Economic Education, blends the excitement of an athletic event with the pursuit of academic excellence while testing students knowledge of complex economic concepts and theories.The team now heads to the National Championship on an all expense paid trip to New York May 20-22. The EconChallenge competition is a high point of each school year, states teacher/advisor, Tom Chambers. It is a pleasure to spend two days with so many bright and motivated students. Every teacher would enjoy the competition. The national champions for each division and their teacher advisors will each receive a $3,000 savings bond. A $1,500 savings bond will be awarded to each member of the first runners-up teams and their advisors. Team trophies and individual medals will be given to all participants in the championship series. NCEE and The Goldman Sachs Foundation created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, advance academics and school spirit and reward scholarship. The Goldman Sachs Foundation is a global philanthropic organization funded by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. The Foundations mission is to promote excellence and innovation in education and to improve the academic performance and lifelong productivity of young people worldwide. It achieves this mission through a combination of strategic partnerships, grants, loans, private sector investments, and the deployment of professional talent from Goldman Sachs. Funded in 1999, the Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $62 million since its inception, providing opportunities for young people in more than twenty countries. The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) was founded in 1949 by business leaders and educators who saw the need to improve economic education in the nations schools. The NCEEs primary mission is to help all students develop the real-life skills they need to succeed: to be able to think and choose as knowledgeable consumers, savers and investors, responsible citizens, productive members of the workforce, resourceful innovators, and effective participants in a global economy. Through its nationwide network of state Councils and over 200 affiliated university Centers for Economic Education, NCEE administers programs that annually reach over 50,000 teachers and more than five million students in 70,000 schools.