Waipahu High stu­dents in top four at statewide eco­nom­ics chal­lenge

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Stu­dents from Waipahu High School shot to the top of the pack last month for a fourth-place fin­ish at the statewide 2010 Is­land In­surance Com­pa­nies Eco­nom­ics Chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge started out with 240 stu­dents sub­mit­ting in­di­vid­ual an­swers for mul­ti­ple-choice ques­tions on micro­eco­nomics (Round 1) and macroe­co­nomics (Round 2). Rounds 3 and 4 were based on in­ter­na­tional eco­nom­ics and cur­rent events, and stu­dents could sub­mit an­swers as a team.

The top four teams with the best scores move on to the Quiz Bowl, where the first team to score 10 points is the win­ner.

“Waipahu was the only pub­lic school to make it to the fi­nal four in the Quiz Bowl,” said busi­ness and eco­nom­ics teacher Lisa Sylva.

Chal­lengers Robert Featheran, Lisa Fu­rukawa, Bryana Man­zano and Gabriel Miguel are ei­ther cur­rent or past busi­ness and eco­nom­ics stu­dents of Sylva. She pre­pared them with re­view ses­sions in the two weeks lead­ing up to the one-day com­pe­ti­tion on April 14 at the UH-Manoa Cam­pus Cen­ter Ball­room.

“I think they had fun,” said Sylva, not­ing that one of the ju­niors said he wanted to par­tic­i­pate next year. “It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to test their ba­sic knowl­edge of eco­nom­ics.

“In be­tween the com­pe­ti­tion they have games for stu­dents so they can get to know other stu­dents from other schools.”

Waipahu High School teacher Lisa Sylva (cen­ter) holds the fourth-place tro­phy stu­dents (from left) Gabriel Miguel, Bryana Man­zano, Lisa Fu­rukawa and Robert Featheran won April 14 in the State Eco­nomic Chal­lenge. Photo from Lisa Sylva.

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