Ethan H. ’20, Jamal B. ’21, Victoria B. ’21, and Tad B. ’20 have qualified for the Adam Smith Division of the State Championship of the Governor's Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. As the BASIS Independent McLean team, these four high school students form one of several teams from across Virginia that will test and apply their knowledge of economic concepts at the day-long competition. 

“It’s exciting,” says Jamal. “Prior to this, I haven’t had much exposure to economics competitively, so it’s a cool experience to attend the state competition.”

Advised by BIM Economics teacher Mr. Biemesderfer, the team earned an invitation to the championship round following an online competition conducted by the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) in association with the Office of Governor Ralph Northam. VCEE is a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on enhancing economics and financial education in grades K–12. Regional winners in each division and other high scoring teams were invited to participate in a live championship challenge.

Econ Challenge

“I’m glad that the VCEE has recognized the hard work our students do and how much they’ve learned,” says Mr. Biemesderfer. “Learning economics helps students think rigorously and prepares them to be knowledgeable citizens.”

All students at BASIS Independent McLean take an economics class before graduating. Participation in this event was driven by Ethan, who found the competition and put together the BIM team. We are thrilled to see our students tackle new endeavors!

The state championship takes place on April 20 in Richmond. Good luck, Red-Tailed Hawks!