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Ocean Springs student named tops in economics

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs High School student was named was named the 2010 Economics Student of the Year. Jerrod Farrington received the highest individual the highest individual scores at the Mississippi Economics and Financial Literacy Challenge at Millsaps College in Jackson.

Madison Central High School captured top team honors. The Madison team emerged from a field of 20 high school teams to claim the state championship in their respective divisions and will advance to regional competition in April with a chance to advance to the National Finals in New York City. Teams from Ocean Springs. Picayune and Bay Waveland competed in the challenge.

Students compete on the topics of microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events.

Madison Central won the competition for both single semester economics students and for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students.

Each member of the winning teams receives a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to the regional competition, with an additional $500 going to the 2010 Economics Student of the Year. Scholarships are provided by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and State Farm Insurance Companies.

Sponsored by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and now in its sixth year of competition, this year's Challenge, for the first time, included an online first round. Competing in the first round were 118 teams, a total of 472 students, from high schools across Mississippi.

"The student scores on the assessments this year were the highest that we have experienced. It is important to know that Mississippi kids can learn economic and financial literacy. Our teachers now have skills and curriculum to deliver a meaningful course in the complex course of economics. The state's economic development is improved when teachers and their students know how the economy works," said Dr. Pamela Smith, president of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

The council has reached more than 5,600 teachers with professional development and the research-based lessons published by the Council for Economic Education. One semester of Economics is now required for high school graduation in the state and 287 teachers now hold the Master Teacher of Economics certification provided by the council in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education.

Teams participating in the Challenge were:

  • Hernando High School
  • Lawrence County High School
  • Madison Central High School (2 teams)
  • Newton County Career & Tech Center
  • Northwest Rankin High School
  • Oak Grove High School
  • Picayune Memorial High School
  • Sumrall High School
  • Amanda Elzy High School
  • Bay High School
  • Madison Central High School (2 teams)
  • Lawrence County High School
  • Northwest Rankin High School (3 teams)
  • Ocean Springs High School (2 teams)

The Mississippi Economics and Financial Literacy Challenge is sponsored by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, State Farm Insurance Companies, the Mississippi Department of Education, Millsaps College, and the Mississipp Council on Economic Education.

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