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May 28, 2008 > Mission San Jose High School earns second place in national economics challenge

Mission San Jose High School earns second place in national economics challenge

Submitted By Bernard Mauricia

The California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) announced May 20, 2008 that Mission San Jose High (Fremont, CA) won second place in the 2008 National Economics Challenge held May 17-19 in New York City. The team competed in the David Ricardo Division against schools from across the country, earning $1500 in U.S. Savings Bonds.

CCEE, a nonprofit organization supporting California K-12 teachers and students with curriculum and programs to improve economic and financial literacy, sponsored the California state finals contest in conjunction with the National Council on Economic Education and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

"This contest is very competitive. At the national finals in New York, four teams competed, said Dr. Jim Charkins, Executive Director of CCEE and Professor of Economics at CSU, San Bernardino. "This national prize is an outstanding achievement and reflects the hard work and dedication of Ms. Benton and her students. All of us at CCEE are proud of their success."

Teams who earned the right to advance to the national finals hailed from: North Carolina and Pennsylvania (Eastern region); Alabama, Indiana and Minnesota (Central region): and Texas, Hawaii and California (Western region).

The competition has two divisions - the Adam Smith Division for students currently taking an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors, college level, or two-semester class; and the David Ricardo Division for students enrolled in all other general economics or one-semester economics classes.

Mission San Jose High School first won the David Ricardo division of the contest in California, beating nearly a dozen other schools in the state finals of the competition held April 9 on the California State University, San Bernardino campus. Team members were: Wayne Chen, Jimmy Li, Lucy Lu, Zelin Yang, and Nancy Benton (teacher).

For more information about the contest, visit

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