The National Euro Challenge Competition

Picture1Congratulations to Inglemoor High School on Winning the WA Regional Euro Challenge Competition!  

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In first place–and the team advancing to the National Euro Challenge Finals in NYC–is Inglemoor High School! 

9th and 10th grade students at Inglemoor High School gave a 15 minute presentation on the Unemployment in Cyprus, and participated in a 10 minute Q & A session with our panel of 3 expert judges. Judges were impressed by the students’ breadth of knowledge on issues related to the Euro Zone, and by their ability to relay complex information with clarity and confidence. Read more about their presentation here. (Posted by the Center for West European Studies and the EU Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School).

The team will travel to New York City for the National Euro Challenge Competition, and will go up against teams from across the U.S. This is the second Washington team ever to compete in the National Euro Challenge Competition, and we wish them the best of luck! 

A special thank you to our partners in supporting and hosting this year’s Euro Challenge Competition, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies and the Center for West European Studies

The Competition Task: 

The Euro Challenge competition for 9th and 10th grade students tests their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union (EU). Student teams will be challenged to make 15-minute presentations in which they are required to:

  1. Describe the current economic situation in the euro area (the economic region consisting of the 19 EU member countries who have adopted the euro).

  2. Select one economic-related challenge confronting the euro area as a whole (see list below), and pick one of the 19 member countries of the euro area to illustrate that challenge.
  3. Recommend a policy or policies for addressing the challenge you identified in the country you selected. Be sure to include in your recommendation a discussion of how having a single currency may or may not affect the policy choices for addressing the challenge.

Teams can choose one of the following economic-related challenges:

  • Promoting Investment and Innovation
  • Demographics and an Aging Workforce
  • Banking Union and Financial Stability
  • Globalization and Migration
  • What Role Does Fiscal Policy Play in Promoting Growth?
  • Tackling High Unemployment
  • Living with a Single Monetary Policy
  • How to Overcome Slow Growth?
  • Inequality and Social Spending

Timeline:

  • Register your team by January 2017
  • Washington Regional Competition: March 11, University of Washington
  • Finalists will travel to New York City for the National Euro Challenge Competition April 2017

*Euro Challenge contributes 1500 euro towards airfare for finalists and their faculty advisers to travel to New York, as well as pays for 2 nights stay in NYC

Prizes:

In 2015, the top five winning teams received monetary awards generously provided by The Moody’s Foundation. The awards were $1,250 for each member of the first-place team, $1,000 each for second place, $750 each for third place, $500 each for fourth place, and $250 each for fifth place. The Moody’s Foundation also sponsored a trip to Washington, D.C. for the two top teams of 2015. We anticipate similar prize levels for 2016.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High schools from all over the Unites States are eligible to participate in the Euro Challenge. 
  • The participation of one team, consisting of three to five 9th and 10th grade students in global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies classes.
  • One faculty advisor for the school team. Advisers will be invited to attend online or in-person orientations, and are required to attend the Euro Challenge competition rounds with their student team.

For more information, please email marchbold@world-affairs.org or check out the Euro Challenge website at: www.euro-challenge.org