UQ Economics awards top performing high school students

17 Sep 2015
winner of the Economics awards top performing high school students
Year 11 competition winners L-R Professor Rodney Strachan, Bradushram Balakrishnan, Alison Montes de Oca, Aaron Mancy, Mathieu Dawes, Callum Dargavel, Alex Lo and Ron Hanmer

Nine high school students were announced as winners of the 2015 Student Economics Competition during an awards ceremony on Monday 14 September 2015 at the University of Queensland (UQ) Art Museum.

The economics competition, which is organised by Queensland Economics Teachers Association (QETA) and sponsored by The UQ School of Economics, is open to all Queensland year 11 and 12 students.

Students from each year level participating in the competition must answer 40 multiple choice questions in 45 minutes.

The questions cover current economics events and core units of the Queensland economics syllabus.

This year, a record number of students entered the economics competition.

In total 2415 students from 52 Queensland high schools participated with the following winners being selected.

Year 11 Competition Winners

1st Place (tied)Alison Montes de Oca from Brisbane State High School
Bradushram Balakrishnan from St. Paul’s School
3rd Place (tied)Callum Dargavel from Brisbane Grammar School
Mathieu Dawes from Corinda State High School
Aaron Mancy from Brisbane State High School
Alex Lo from Brisbane Grammar School

Year 12 Competition Winners

1st PlaceAlistair Snow Ipswich Grammar School
2nd Place (tied)Miles Peric from Ipswich Grammar School
Antigonie Bradshaw from Somerville House

During the presentation ceremony, Head of School Professor Rodney Strachan congratulated each student on their achievement and presented them with their certificate and prize.

Professor Strachan also thanked QETA for their continued work in promoting teaching and learning in economics in Queensland.

Ron Hanmer, QETA President, who also attended the event, praised the winning students’ efforts acknowledging that their achievements place them at the top of their year level.

After the formal presentation concluded, the prize-winning students, their families, teachers and representatives from UQ and QETA celebrated at a cocktail reception.