Economics Wisconsin
EW  E-News / May 2015


Congratulations to our 2015

Economics Challenge Winners 


State Champions in the Adam Smith Division - Wilmot Union High School Team, The Barriers to Entry. L-R: Brendan Buhler, Samantha Schroeder, Ethan Dowell, Rebecca Boyle and their Adivsor, Melinda Unger.


State Champions in the David Ricardo Division - Nicolet High School Team, Ricky's Ricardo.
L-R:  Advisor Sue Bolly, Nell Murphy, Quinn Rosen, and Pam Mann.

The Economics Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of economics concepts in a fun and competetive atmosphere. High school students from across the state competed with one another through written examinations, a Super Quiz, and a Quiz Bowl. Three competitions were held in March, in Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and Eau Claire, under the direction of our UW-River Falls Center Director, Dr. Brian Schultz. All students received T-shirts and winning teams were awarded cash prizes and medals.

Statewide Winners

Adam Smith Division
   First Place - Wilmot Union High School / Team: Barriers to Entry
   Second Place - Badger High School, Lake Geneva / Team: Born Ready
   Third Place - New Richmond High School / Team: Rock-on Econ

David Ricardo Division
   First Place - Nicolet High School, Glendale / Team: Ricky's Ricardo
   Second Place - Seymour High School / Team: Preferred Stock
   Third Place - Kettle Moraine High School, Wales / Team: The Marxmen

A special thank you to our Economics Challenge sponsors, Xcel Energy, The Arnold & Lois Domer Foundation, The Alberta S. Kimball-Mary L. Anhaltzer Foundation, and the Council for Economic Education.

Governor's Certificates of Appreciation Awarded

Pictured left to right, EconomicsWisconsin Board Members, Tim O'Driscoll, Emory Ireland, Dick Hensley, Jim Nelsen, and Janet Cohen.

Five EconomicsWisconsin Board members received Certificates of Appreciation, signed by Governor Scott Walker, at the April 29th Board of Directors meeting held at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield.  The certificates, given in recognition of those who have supported the efforts of EconomicsWisconsin for many years, were presented by EconomicsWisconsin Chairman Kim Kindschi and President Enrique Bacalao. 

The following supporters are being recognized in 2015 for their longtime commitment:

50 Years
James A. Taylor Family Foundation
A.O. Smith Foundation, Inc.

35 Years
James R. and Betty Jo Nelsen
Xcel Energy

30 Years
Kopmeier Family Fund

25 Years
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc.
Mark and Io Schug

20 Years
John Oster Family Foundation, Inc.

10 Years
Janet and Kevin Cohen
Gary Geisler
Richard and Judith Hensley
Emory and Barbara Ireland
Tim and Caryl O'Driscoll

Westosha Central High School Places First

 Spring 2015 Stock Market Simulation Program


Congratulations to Leah Blair, Chris Hill, Tanika Johnson, Abbe Kimpler, and Dylan Reid from Westosha Central High School for placing first in Economics
Wisconsin's Spring Stock Market Simulation (SMS) competition, competing with 1,017 other teams statewide. The students and their advisor, Brent Mansky, have been awarded a two-day expense paid trip to New York City, where they will sight-see, take in a Broadway show, and tour the New York Stock Exchange.


 Top ten teams in the state:

  1. Westosha Central High School (Team 13)
  2. Westosha Central High School (Team 1)
  3. Dodgeville High School (Team 5)
  4. Grafton High School
  5. Dodgeville High School (Team 4)
  6. Brookfield Central High School
  7. Dodgeville High School (Team 3)
  8. De Forest Middle School
  9. Brookfield Academy
  10. Westosha Central High School (Team 14)

In addition to the 10-week competition, we offer a School Year Challenge. A team of four students from Jefferson Middle School placed first out of thirty-eight teams and will receive a $500 cash award.


Being awarded $250 for placing first in their divisions of the SMS Essay Contest are students from Viking Elementary School/Holmen, Kettle Moraine Middle School/Dousman, and Marinette High School.


We are extremely grateful to our longtime supporters of the Stock Market Simulation program, Robert W. Baird and Company, Inc. and RBC Wealth Management.


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