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.