Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance 

Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam

Date: April 11, 2019

 Office of the Governor
Contact: Alena Yarmosky

Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance 

~ Three Virginia high school teams win state championship ~

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 3,000 high school students from across the Commonwealth participated in an online competition, and 160 students were invited to the day-long championship event held April 11th at Capital One in Richmond.

“A strong foundation in personal finance and economic literacy empowers young Virginians to be smart consumers and equips them with the high-demand skills necessary to fully participate in our 21st century workforce and contribute to our growing economy,” said Governor Northam. “This challenge gives Virginia students an opportunity to apply their classroom learning, make informed decisions, and gain a deeper understanding of economic concepts. I am proud to recognize this year’s winning student teams and their teacher advisors.”

The winners include:

David Ricardo Division (Economics)

  • 1st Place: Lafayette High School, Williamsburg-James City County, Teacher: Jodi Consoli
  • Runner Up: Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Multi-divisions (Chesterfield area), Teacher: Emily Hardesty

Adam Smith Division (Advanced Economics)

  • 1st Place: Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Multi-divisions (Richmond area), Teacher: Julius Oreska
  • Runner Up: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Teacher: Malhaz Jibladze

 Personal Finance Division

  • 1st Place: Rappahannock County High School, Rappahannock County, Teacher: Linda Petty
  • Runner Up: Amherst County High School, Amherst County, Teacher: Segar Jordan

“These outstanding students and their dedicated teachers exemplify Virginia’s longstanding commitment to high quality economic and personal finance education,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “This knowledge helps Virginians access and strengthen economic opportunities and to pursue a productive, quality life.”

The Governor’s Challenge is conducted in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the quality of K–12 economic and financial education in Virginia.

“I congratulate the winning teams, their teachers and all of the participants in the 2019 Governor’s Challenge,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “The challenge is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate how they are meeting the expectations of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs and citizens.”

Capital One provided financial support for and hosts the Governor’s Challenge championship event. The Virginia Lottery sponsored the Teachers’ Luncheon at the event.

To learn more about the Governor’s Challenge and other efforts to promote support economic and financial education for Virginia’s students, visit

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Roanoke Educators Attend Entreprenuership Institute, Dan Presley from State Farm is Special Guest Speaker

Our 2019 Entrepreneurship Institute hosted by Dr. Cheryl Ayers and our VT Center for Economic Education continues today. Here, Dan Presley, State Farm Insurance Agent in Downtown Roanoke, demonstrates an active, hands-on lesson on risk management for our educators. Dan led a discussion about the differences and similarities between personal and small business insurance policies. Thank you State Farm for sponsoring our 2019 Institutes statewide. Kudos to all of the outstanding educators for investing their time in this four-day entrepreneurship professional development program.

Announcing the 2019 Economics & Personal Finance Institutes for High School Virginia Educators

Announcing the 2019 Economics & Personal Finance Institutes for High School Virginia Educators.



June 10 to Aug 4        
Economics Online Statewide.  Conducted by:  Lynchburg/VCU.
June 17 to 21              
Personal Finance. Held in Roanoke.  Conducted by VA Tech.
June 24 to 28              
Personal Finance. Held in Chesapeake. Conducted by ODU.
June 25 to 27              
Part A Economics. Held in Fairfax.  Conducted by GMU and VCU.
June 28 &  July 1-2   
Part B Economics. Held in Fairfax.  Conducted by GMU and VCU.
Aug 5 to 9                     
Personal Finance. Held in Prince William. Conducted by GMU.

New for 2019:  Entrepreneurship Institutes
(For High school & middle School)

March 2-18                  

Held in Roanoke.Conducted by VA Tech.
June 17-21
Held in Harrisonburg. Conducted by JMU.
July 8-11
Held in Lynchburg. Conducted by University of Lynchburg.
July 15-18
Held in Stafford. Conducted by UMW and GMU.
Aug 7, 8, 9 & 12
Held in VA Beach. Conducted by ODU.

Upcoming Free Professional Development for Virginia Economics & Personal Finance Teachers

>> Entrepreneurship Institute: Putting Ideas Into Action  

in Roanoke

March 2, 4, 16 & 18

9 am to 4:30 pm


>> Life After High School:

Navigating Education, Career and Debt  

in Richmond

March 6

4 to 7 pm


>> Cybersecurity, Economics, and Personal Finance

in Lynchburg

March 14

8:30 am to 3:30pm


>> Econ After Hours: Economics of Sports

in Harrisonburg

March 20

4:30 to 6:30 pm


>> Understanding Global Economic Issues

in Fairfax

March 23

8:30 am to 4pm


>> Is Lebron James Underpaid?!?

The Economics of Sports

in Harrisonburg

April 4

4 to 6pm


>> Economics and the Arts

in Richmond

April 9

from 4 to 7 pm


>> Life After High School: Navigating Education, Career and Debt

in Fairfax

April 24

9am to 4pm




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