CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High team of seniors Katherine Wang, Dorothy Zhang, Rachel Tam and Aidan Sims earned a perfect score on the team test to win the 2020 New Jersey State Championship in the National Economics Challenge.
Chatham was first out of 38 teams competing in the state.
The state championship win advances the Chatham team into the national semifinals of the National Economics Challenge (NEC), where they'll take another team exam on May 13. The competition against other state champions could put the Cougars into the national championship round.
“I am so proud of these four students because they made the choice to compete in this competition even though they are no longer active students in my AP Economics classroom," Stephen Kmiec, CHS economics teacher, said.
"While some may think this placed them at a disadvantage compared to students from other schools who are actively engaged in economic analysis on a daily basis in their classrooms, earning a PERFECT SCORE on the National Economic Challenge state exam is proof that their mastery of economic theory, rationale, and application remains strong with them well after their time with me ended with the conclusion of the 2018/2019 academic school year.”
The four students completed their AP Economics studies with Kmiec last year as juniors.