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Photo of Fed Challenge participants from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nov. 20, 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill Wins District College Fed Challenge

Richmond, Va.

Students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s College Fed Challenge competition. The winning team included students Ben Director, Meiyao Tysinger, Hailey Jacob, Brian Bartholomew, Dashiell Mace, Mijal Bucay and alternate James Williams (not pictured). The team was coached by Professor Mike Aguilar.

UNC-Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, competed in the district finals against teams from Mount St. Mary’s University of Emmitsburg, Maryland, and James Madison University of Harrisonburg, Virginia. By winning the district title, UNC-Chapel Hill advances to the national competition to be held December 2 at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Preliminary rounds of the competition were hosted by participating schools within the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

College Fed Challenge is an academic competition designed to deepen students’ understanding of the nation’s central bank. Students delivered 15-minute presentations on monetary policy and fielded questions from judges during a 15-minute Q&A session. Teams were scored on content and analysis, responses to questions, teamwork, presentation and style.

View photo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Back row pictured from left to right: Dashiell Mace, Mijal Bucay, Brian Bartholomew and Ben Director.

Front row pictured from left to right: Meiyao Tysinger and Hailey Jacob — not pictured James Williams (alternate).

View photo of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Back row pictured from left to right: Philip Katz (alternate), Kendra Christensen and Frank Imoehl.

Front row pictured from left to right: Laura Nettuno and Kara Schwenkmeyer.

View photo of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Back row pictured from left to right: Stephen Witkowski, Richard Grim, Dr. Emil Berendt (professor), Ryan McNeil and Sean Dailey.

Front row pictured from left to right: Benjamin Bristor and Joshua Donofry.


As part of our nation’s central bank, the Richmond Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks working together with the Board of Governors to support a healthy economy and deliver on our mission to foster economic stability and strength. We connect with community and business leaders across the Fifth Federal Reserve District — including the Carolinas, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and most of West Virginia — to monitor economic conditions, address issues facing our communities, and share this information with monetary and financial policymakers. We also work with banks to ensure they are operating safely and soundly, supply financial institutions with currency that’s fit for distribution, and provide a safe and efficient way to transfer funds through our nation’s payments system.

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