Students from Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Va., won the Fifth District championship round of the 2010 Fed Challenge competition held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. This winning team included Jack Carlson, Syed Hussain, Surah Malladi, Emily Powers, Gary Suljoti and Emily Wright and was coached Joe Clement.
Chantilly, which represented the Baltimore office of the Richmond Fed, advances to the national finals to be held May 18 in Washington, D.C. District winners from three other Federal Reserve Banks will compete before a panel of judges that includes Federal Reserve officials from the Boston, New York and Richmond Feds. It is customary for the Federal Reserve chairman to make an appearance.
Also participating in the final round was Collegiate School of Richmond, Va., which represented the Richmond office. The Collegiate team included West Cuthbert, Peter Megson, Becky Patton, Britt Waddell, Preston Williams and alternate Steven Vranian. The team was coached by Rob Wedge.
Judges included Alexander Wolman, senior economist; Thomas Lubik, senior economist; and Anne Hallerman, library director. Wolman and Lubik judged the team's knowledge of the Federal Reserve, the current state of the economy and monetary policy, as well as research, analysis and responses during the 15-minute Q&A session. Hallerman judged teamwork and the quality of the presentations.
The Federal Reserve sponsors Fed Challenge to encourage better understanding of the nation's central bank and the forces influencing economic conditions in the United States and abroad. More information is available online at www.richmondfed.org/education/.
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Seated: Emily Wright, Joe Clement (coach) and Emily Powers
Standing: Gary Suljoti, Suraj Malladi, Syed Hussain and Jack Colson
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Seated: Britt Waddell, Rob Wedge (coach) and Becky Patton
Standing: West Cuthbert, Peter Megson, Preston Williams and Steven Vranian
The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. As part of the nation's central bank, we're one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that work together with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to strengthen the economy and our communities. We manage the nation's money supply to keep inflation low and help the economy grow. We also supervise and regulate financial institutions to help safeguard our nation's financial system and protect the integrity and efficiency of our payments system.