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May 7, 2008 > Mission wins Regional Economics Challenge

Mission wins Regional Economics Challenge

Submitted By Bernard Mauricia

The California Council on Economic Education (CCEE)announced that Mission San Jose High School of Fremont won the final round of the 2008 Regional Economics Challenge held online, earning the team an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Finals, May 17 - 19, against winning teams from across the country.

The eighth annual contest rewards mastery of key economic concepts in a progressively intense competition, with prizes including cash, U.S. savings bonds and an all-expense paid trip to New York City for winners of regional teams to compete in the national finals. CCEE, a nonprofit organization supporting California K-12 teachers and students with curriculum and programs to improve economic and financial literacy, sponsored the state finals contest in conjunction with the National Council on Economic Education and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

"This contest is very competitive. Four teams from the nation will compete in the finals in New York," said Dr. Jim Charkins, Executive Director of CCEE and Professor of Economics at CSU, San Bernardino. "Mission San Jose's success reflects the hard work and dedication of Ms. Benton and her students. All of us at CCEE are proud of their success and wish them well in New York."

Regional challenge champions who will compete in the national finals hail 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 a 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, please contact Bernard Mauricia at (909) 537-5494 or visit

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