Congratulations to our Florida team, Gulliver Preparatory School, for winning fourth place at the final in the 2020 Euro Challenge Competition! We are proud of you! Thanks for you hard work and enthusiasm Daniel, Lucas, Alex, Antonia, and Elizabeth. You are awesome! Thank you teacher, Kamal James, for your dedication and leadership.
Five High School Teams Receive Awards for Their Euro Knowledge
Students from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 19th won the final round of this year's Euro Challenge competition – a high school academic contest where students get to showcase their financial literacy and specific knowledge of countries in the euro area. They led a total of five winning teams, including:
- Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut (1st place)
- Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ (2nd place),
- Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Manhattan, NY (3rd place)
- Gulliver Preparatory High School, Pinecrest-Miami, FL (4th place),
- West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro Township, NJ (5th place).
Organized by the EU Delegation to the United States, this year's contest marked the 15th iteration of the Euro Challenge and was done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are pleased that we could hold this unique event for American high school students adjusted to the current distant learning conditions," said European Union Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis. "Congratulations to the winning teams and to all Euro Challenge participants, who showcased impressive knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity in addressing complex economic issues. Given the unprecedented human and policy challenges posed by COVID-19, the competition this year couldn’t be more timely. The Euro Challenge teaches critical skills as students put themselves in the shoes of policymakers and consider new solutions to shared problems in order to build better societies."
More than 90 teams from across the United States participated. The Euro Challenge promotes financial literacy and teaches high school students about the global economy, how policy-making in the EU works, and EU-U.S. economic relations. Since its launch, thousands of U.S. students have benefited from participating in the event and it continues to expand nationally. The teams in this year’s competition came from high schools in 16 States (Connecticut, California, Florida, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland) and the District of Columbia.
The five winning teams receive monetary awards generously provided by the Moody's Foundation. The first- and second-placed teams will additionally receive a free trip to Washington, DC, also sponsored by the Moody’s Foundation, to present solutions to the embassy of the country they researched.
The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, and is managed on the Delegation's behalf by W!se (Working in Support of Education). The Moody’s Foundation sponsors the monetary awards. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York serves as program advisor.
The Euro Challenge is supported by BNP Paribas, Florida International University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Detroit Branch), the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, the World Affairs Council of Seattle, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Miami Branch).
It has been 15 years that the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence is the recruiter and organizer of the regional competition. "Since 2008, MFJMCE has selected one hundred and eleven Florida high schools from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Lee, Orange, and Alachua counties, and sent twenty-three to New York to compete nationally. One hundred twenty-four students have gone to New York representing their Florida schools, and for the first time this year, one school has represented Florida virtually and won 4th place. This competition has become a showcase for our Florida schools", said Christine I. Caly-Sanchez, Associate Director of the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence,FIU, and recruiter and organizer of the competition in Florida .
For photos of the completion, please see: @EUintheUS and @wisenewyork #EuroChallenge2020