2023 Governor’s Challenge Winners!

🏆 The Virginia Council on Economic Education is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2023 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance!

In this prestigious annual competition, high school students from across the Commonwealth showcased their expertise in economics and personal finance. We witnessed remarkable knowledge and outstanding performances. Without further ado, let’s unveil the champions in each division:

Personal Finance Challenge: Congratulations to Team DMV’s Finest from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, guided by their exceptional teacher advisor, Jane Iyengar. The winning team members are Nikhil Chintalapati, Jay Rachakonda, Siddhartha Rangavajjula, and Jay Rajurkar. Your hard work and dedication have earned you the title of 2023 Virginia State Champions!

David Ricardo Economics Challenge: A round of applause for Team Populus – 2 from Populus Academy, under the guidance of their talented teacher advisor, Changxin Yang! The victorious team members are Joey Zeng, Daniel Liu, Zihan Zhu, and Edqin Zhao. Your exceptional performance has secured your place as the 2023 Virginia State Champions!

Adam Smith Economics Challenge: We applaud Team Hayek from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, led by their remarkable teacher advisor, Malhaz Jibladze! The triumphant team members are Jawand Singh, Jean Lavine du Cadet, Alexander O’Quinn, and Daniel Sprintson. Your incredible efforts have made you the 2023 Virginia State Champions!

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the teachers and student competitors who participated in this exhilarating event. Your dedication, knowledge, and passion for economics and personal finance are truly commendable. Best of luck in the upcoming national championships! 🌍🏆 #GovernorsChallenge2023 #VirginiaStateChampions


April 27, 2023 (Registration Deadline: April 25, 2023 )

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Join us in-person on the farm at The Barn at Mill Creek where we will dig into the elementary economic concepts of scarcity, specialization, and productive resources.  Together we will discover how agriculture is the foundation for these economic concepts. Enjoy a hotdog picnic with your colleagues following the workshop. We also invite you to take some time to visit the animals on the farm, including Arthur the Camel. We will be providing childcare for children Pre-K through 5th grade.

Live within your means…

Yesterday we kicked off Financial Literacy month by re-introducing VCEE to our new followers, with that, we have a quote from our President and CEO, Mr. Daniel R. Mortensen.

“Live within your means. Prudent financial decisions and smart habits are keys to financial success, regardless of your income level.  A study produced by the American Council of Life Insurers found that 25 percent of the most financially secure households in America earn $50,000 or less per year.” -Daniel R. Mortensen, President & CEO, Virginia Council on Economic Education

Source: Assessing Americans’ Financial and Retirement Security | American Council of Life Insurers, September, 2017

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Happy Financial Literacy Month!

Happy Financial Literacy Month! What have you learned about money and money management? This month we encourage you to take the time to dive deep into financial literacy and how all-encompassing it can be. Virginia Council on Economic Education and our centers are passionate about what we do and our mission is simple: we are here to provide Virginia’s K-12 students with the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy. VCEE will always be Investing in the CommonWEALTH!

Students who learn real-world financial skills are:
• Better informed decision makers and consumers
• Prudent savers and thoughtful investors
• Reasoned voters and informed citizens

Join us all month long to celebrate! Stickers are on their way — comment below 👇 for your chance to win a sticker!

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