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Students Earn State and National Honors in the Economics Challenge

Students Earn State and National Honors in the Economics Challenge

This spring, four students represented Milton for the first time in the National Economics Challenge, after winning their division in the statewide competition. Class of 2018 students Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Dhruv Jain, Quincy Hughes and Jeffrey Cao were invited to the Massachusetts State House to be recognized as state champions. The first Milton students to compete in the challenge, they also placed 16th out of 35 teams in the semifinals of the David Ricardo Division in the national challenge.

Questions in the competition focused on economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, and current events. Only one member of the team has taken a formal economics course at Milton so far. Jaime, for example, grew up learning about economics from his parents. For Jaime, the subject is the perfect combination of math, history and social science. “I’m interested in the decisions people make, and the factors that play into why they make them,” says Jaime.

Math faculty members Michael Wood and Susan Karp, along with history faculty member Mark Heath, helped the students prepare for and enter the competition. The team developed a study guide and worked together to prepare for the broad range of topics.

The study of economics “simplifies life,” says Quincy. “It’s an interesting study of how the world functions. It helps you understand and predict things that should happen under a certain set of circumstances.”

HAVING FUN

How does fun figure in your life? Finding joy in the pursuit of an activity, or a craft or a skill, is valuable beyond its short-term pleasure. Play, even when it’s actually hard work, profoundly affects emotional balance, self-esteem, competency and drive. Play is a vital resource for successful people. In this issue, Milton Magazine brings stories about alumni ventures that have been labors of love. An observer might think their work looks like fun. Driven by a particular passion, these alumni end up pursuing creative work that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

We ask Milton students, as well, to describe how they find fun in their busy, committed lives.