Christ Church students top Economics and Business Studies Competitions
Christ Church students have ranked highly among the award winners of the Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions, which were presented at the Parmelia Hilton last week. The competitions, which are run by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Institute of Chartered Accountants, are highly challenging including some university-level questions.
The two competitions are separated into senior (Year 12) and junior (Year 11 or below) divisions. Christ Church students performed well across all divisions and received seven of the 37 awards presented to West Australian students on the night.
Year 10 student Liam Kearney was the state winner of the Junior Division of the Business Studies Competition receiving a cheque for $250 as well as a trophy.
Year 12 student Andrew Gunn placed in the top one per cent of the Senior Division of the Economics Competition, winning a $100 prize. Harry Stevenson (Year 12) and Ellis Xanthis (Year 12) finished in the top two per cent of the Senior Economics category, each collecting a $75 prize.
Year 10 student Joshua Wong was named in the top three per cent of the Junior Business Studies Competition; James Nash (Year 11) in the top three per cent for the Junior Economics Competition; and Hugh Edwards (Year 12) in the top three per cent for the Senior Economics Competition. These boys each received a $50 prize.
Head of Economics and Commerce Andrew Greig said the tests were set at a deliberately challenging level. “The competitions aim not only to test the students’ knowledge of relevant classroom theory but also their understanding of current national and international economic issues,” Mr Greig said.
Mr Greig said more than 10,000 students from 280 schools across Australia participated in the two competitions. “The average mark across Australia was only 20/50. This shows how well our boys performed to achieve at such a high level.”