Economics Quiz Bowl gains ground

The members of the Decatur Economics Challenge team. From left to right: freshmen Christopher Rosselot, Aiden Gibbs, Martha Leach, Sydney Balcom, and their instructor Susan Brown. All of the team’s members are freshmen this year, somewhat unusually among economics challenge teams.

The members of the Decatur Economics Challenge team. From left to right: freshmen Christopher Rosselot, Aiden Gibbs, Martha Leach, Sydney Balcom, and their instructor Susan Brown. All of the team’s members are freshmen this year, somewhat unusually among economics challenge teams.

Benson Gathany

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Decatur’s Economics Quiz Bowl forms a challenging, but rewarding addition to the academic lives of its student members.

For Chris Rosselot, Quiz Bowl is both a test on his previous knowledge of economics, and an introduction to new ideas.

“We learn new skills, and apply concepts that we learn in class,” Rosselot says. “Basically, we prepare for the tournament in late March.”

The tournament took place on Monday the 21st; the results of this are forthcoming.*

For students like Rosselot who have an interest in economics, the Quiz Bowl offers a worthwhile experience outside of the realm of the tournament as well.

“I enjoy economics,” Rosselot says. “I really loved civics in middle school, and this is a continuation of that for me.”

For other members, such as Aiden Gibbs, membership in the quiz bowl team came as more of a surprise.

“My economics teacher came up to me and asked if I wanted to be on the team,” Gibbs says. “I really didn’t even know what the team was at that point.”

Gibbs has so far enjoyed the opportunity being a member of the team has afforded her.

“I like to challenge myself,” Gibbs says. “Being on the quiz bowl has been a great chance for that.”

The quiz bowl is not for everyone, however.

“To do the quiz bowl you definitely need an interest in economics.” Rosselot says. “You don’t have to be great at economics, but you do need

During the challenge, team members answer economics questions of varying difficulty. “Kind of like Jeopardy,” according to Rosselot.

During the challenge, team members answer economics questions of varying difficulty. “Kind of like Jeopardy,” according to Rosselot.

the motivation to really study the subject.”

Membership on the team is not only limited by interest in economics.

Due to the tournament structure, only four students are allowed on the quiz bowl team, and only freshmen were recruited this year.

However, all grades can participate in the team, and the team will be active next year as well, providing future Decatur economics aficionados a chance to prove their prowess.

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