Midlothian High qualifies for statewide Economics and Personal Finance Challenge competition

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Midlothian High School recently earned a spot in The Governor’s Challenge in Economics and
Personal Finance, a rigorous statewide competition that will be held April 20 at Capital One in
Richmond. Midlothian High is one of several teams from across Virginia that will test their
knowledge of economic concepts and apply their skill in personal finance at the daylong
competition.
“Understanding personal finance and the global economy in which we live has been identified
as a critical life skill needed by students upon leaving high school,” said Midlothian District
School Board member Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, whose district includes Midlothian High. “I’m excited
to see these students step up to not only understand the need for these important skills but
also to understand how to live with them and apply them in real-world settings.”
The Midlothian High team, advised by teacher Monica Van Arsdale, 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 non-profit, 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 the “live” championship challenge.
“This is great recognition for the students and a way to reinforce the key concepts we learn in
class,” Van Arsdale said. “Understanding the particular role they play in the economy has been
eye-opening and empowering for students.”
The Midlothian High team is comprised of Miranda Houston, Alessandra Taliaferro, Ruby
Willoughby and Evan Fournet.