Olympia High team places in national economics challenge

May 28, 2013 

A team from Olympia High School took third place recently in the David Ricardo division of the Council for Economic Education’s National Economics Challenge. Photo courtesy of the Council for Economic Education.

A team from Olympia High School took third place recently in the David Ricardo division of the Council for Economic Education’s National Economics Challenge.

In addition to an all-expense trip to New York, each student and their coach, teacher Brian LeTourneau, brought home $250.

Iolani School of Hawaii won the contest’s Adam Smith division (for students who have taken advanced courses in economics) and Little Falls Community High School of Minnesota won the in the David Ricardo division, a competition for students who have taken one semester or less of a general economics courses.

Olympia’s team was made up of Josh Borden, Luke Johnson, Laura Smit, and Marissa Grubbs.

Pam Whalley, president of the Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education, said: “To put this team’s accomplishment into perspective, they were competing against students from states where economics is a required course for high school graduation (which is not true here). That they performed so well is a testament to not only their individual knowledge, but also to their outstanding teacher, Brian LeTourneau.”

Even though they didn’t win, the competition was a great experience for the students, LeTourneau said.

“CEE put us up in the Hilton Millennium Hotel overlooking Ground Zero,” he said. “The students enjoyed good food, an evening boat trip around the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan with dancing, and enough free time to see some of Midtown and Central Park.”

Here’s a story I wrote about the team before they left for New York.

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