Virginia’s winning teams (or runner-up) in the Adam Smith and David Ricardo economics divisions will be invited to participate in the 2018 National Economics Challenge hosted by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). Click here for more details.

 National Semi-Finals:  Students on Virginia’s winning team (or runner-up) are invited to participate in a proctored exam on April 24, 2018. Based on the scores from these tests, Virginia’s team may be invited to advance to the national competition.  New this year, eight Adam Smith teams and eight David Ricardo teams from around the country will advance to the final national competition — and one of Virginia’s 2017 teams advanced to the finals!

National Finals: CEE will host the final round of the National Economics Challenge in New York City May 19-21, 2018.  Half of the travel costs to New York will be covered for the students and their teacher. All hotel and meal costs will be covered once in New York.


Virginia’s winning team (or runner-up) will be invited to participate in the National Personal Finance Challenge which is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. It will be held at the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s new College of Business. The competition will be an applied personal finance competition. Teams will receive a detailed fictitious family scenario and work to come up with a financial plan based on the scenario. Teams will present to the panel of expert judges.

Hotel expenses for Thursday evening, May 10th  will be covered for team members and one teacher chaperone/advisor.  A Thursday evening group meal event and related festivities at the event hotel will be provided. Breakfast, lunch and snacks on Friday will also be provided. Travel arrangements, and other lodging and food will be the responsibility of the participating team. VCEE will provide Virginia’s team $2,000 to help offset expenses.

Students will enjoy an exciting day of challenging competition, meet students from other states, and have the opportunity to win additional prizes. Thanks to the Nebraska State Treasurer’s office, each team member on the top three teams will receive 529 plan scholarship prize money:  a $2,000 scholarship for each member of the Championship team; $1,000 for the Runners Up and $500 for each member of the 3rd place team. Find out more in this VIDEO.