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NKU to host National Economics Challenge in March

For high school students

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2016) — A partnership between Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education, the Kentucky Council of Economic Education and Central Bank will bring the prestigious National Economics Challenge back to the commonwealth for the first time since 2013.

High school students from across Kentucky will be able to compete online for the chance to represent their school and their state nationally. Teams can register beginning Jan. 10, 2017 for the state competition in March 2017.

“We are excited to bring the National Economics Challenge to Kentucky,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani, director of NKU’s Center for Economic Education. “It is so important that students are exposed to economics at the high school level, and this event allows them to learn about economics in a fun, interactive way.”

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events. More than 10,000 high school students from across the nation participate each year, and winners at the state level are eligible to advance to the national semifinals and finals.

In each level of competition, teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. Students complete rounds of testing, work in teams during a critical thinking round to solve a case problem, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl to compete for the title of national champions.