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Appalachian State University

Nov. 9, 2016

Appalachian State University Wins District College Fed Challenge

Richmond, Va.

Students from Appalachian State University won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s College Fed Challenge competition. The winning team included students Matthew Hawks, Robert Weant, Ben Sullivan, Federico Pigozzi, Jacqueline Hundley and Anthony Santelle (alternate). The team was coached by Professor Mark Strazicich.

Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina, competed in the district finals against teams from American University, Washington, D.C., and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. By winning the district title, Appalachian State University advances to the national competition to be held December 1 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 Appalachian State University
Left to right – Ben Sullivan, Robert Weant, Federico Pigozzi, Anthony Santelle (alternate), Professor Mark Strazicich (faculty advisor), Matthew Hawks and Jacquelinie Hundley

View photo of University of Virginia
Left to right – Miranda Darling, Hunter Ostad (alternate), Benjamin Amoss, Amar Singh, Abhijith Chaganti, Professor Carter Doyle (faculty advisor) and Juliana Radovanovich

View photo of American University
Left to right – Jeremy Duchin, Alexander Russo, Andreas Elterich, Yamilette Payano, Professor Evan Kraft (faculty advisor) and Bob Baraka


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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