College Fed Challenge

November 13, 2012

University of Virginia Wins College Fed Challenge Round

Richmond, Va.

The University of Virginia won a preliminary round of the College Fed Challenge competition, held November 9 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The team included students David Harsh, Brandon Egan, Matthew Leisten, Barnaby Lo, Preston Williams and alternate Ina Browning. Professor Lee Coppock was the coach.

The team advanced to the Fifth District championship in Richmond, competing against the University of North Carolina, which won a preliminary round at the Richmond Fed’s Charlotte office, and American University, winner of a preliminary round held in Baltimore.

The University of Mary Washington and the University of Richmond were finalists in the competition. Also taking part were teams from Christopher Newport University, Liberty University, Roanoke College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech and Virginia Union University.

Students delivered 20-minute presentations on monetary policy and were scored on content, teamwork, responses to questions, presentation and style. Judges of the content portion included John Weinberg, Kartik Athreya, John Walter, Roy Webb, Alex Wolman, and Aaron Steelman of the Richmond Fed’s Research department. Richmond Fed employees Sarah Yohn, Chris Lin, Rhiannon Liker and Christian Pascasio served as presentation judges.

The Richmond Fed sponsors College Fed Challenge, a regional academic competition, to encourage better understanding of the nation's central bank, the forces influencing economic conditions in the United States and abroad, and the ways the economy affects everyone. More information is available online at

University of Virginia, Winner
Pictured left to right:  David Harsh, Matt Liesten, Brandon Egan, Barnaby Lo, Preston Williams, Ina Browning

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.


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