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Fifth District College Fed Champions 2017 VCU

Nov. 10, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University Wins District College Fed Challenge

Richmond, Va.

Students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s College Fed Challenge competition. The winning team included students Sarah Khouri, Pierre Gardan, Sam Herrick, Enrique Figueroa, Hunter Ford, and Patrick Duckworth (Alternate). The team was coached by Professor Oleg Korenok.

VCU, located in Richmond, Virginia, competed in the district finals against teams from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore. By winning the district title, VCU 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 region served by the Richmond Fed.

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

View photo of Virginia Commonwealth University
Back row – Left to right – Pierre Gardan, Hunter Ford, Sam Herrick, Oleg Korenok (Coach)
Front row – Left to Right – Patrick Duckworth, Sarah Khouri and Enrique Figueroa

View photo of University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill
Left to right – Hop Mathews, Lucas McCallen, Zach Saunders, Tyler Gwinn and Ziyu Liao

View photo of Loyola University Maryland
Back row – Left to right – Professor John Burger, Aaron Davis and Connor MacNeill
Front row – Left to right – Jessica Potter, Liam Marmo and Emily Pisano


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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