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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.”

WHAT IS REAL?

Alumni who must find and declare the truth as their life’s work live in rigorous times. What is the impact on their work, and on their persons, when public voices dismissively declare that the truth is fake, or that an alternate reality is true? We asked alumni who mine for the truth in different domains: How hard it is to find the truth? How difficult is it to know what’s real?

And in an environment of widespread mistrust, what happens to the reality they bring forward?

How vulnerable is the truth?

How illusive is the truth?

What, we wanted to know, is the daring part of “daring to be true”—finding it, declaring it, keeping it alive, making sure it matters?