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An interesting and entertaining blog in NW Ark. offers a good take on the high scores of Little Rock Central and several other Arkansas high schools on a national high school ranking by Newsweek based on participation in Advanced Placement and other rigorous academic courses.

(If you read on in The Iconoclast, be sure to note that the author's tongue is in cheek on an item about the proposed UA campus ban on masturbation, but there's a point to be made. But do read on for some interesting reading on Springdale's historic aversion to people of color, among other topics.)

AND SPEAKING OF LR CENTRAL: A team from Central won a national championship yesterday, but since it wasn't football, it might take a while to filter into the daily media, if ever. Specifically, the team won the Federal Reserve System's "Fed Challenge." The economics competition challenges students to learn to analyze current conditions in the American economy and recommend action by the Federal Reserve Board to respond to problems of inflation and unemployment through changes in interest rates. Release on jump.

CENTRAL HIGH NEWS RELEASE

A team of five students from Little Rock Central High School claimed the 2007 National Championship in the Fed Challenge in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 21st.  The Fed Challenge is sponsored by the Federal Reserve System of the United States.  The economics competition challenges students to learn to analyze current conditions in the American economy and recommend action by the Federal Reserve Board to respond to problems of inflation and unemployment through changes in interest rates. The Little Rock Central students became the first Arkansas high school to win the Fed Challenge District Championship at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and is also the first team representing the 8th District to win the National Championship.  In March Central won the state championship at the Little Rock Branch of the Fed Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  In April at the District championships, they upset the 10-year reign of a Missouri high school.  In Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Central High defeated District Champions from Boston, Cleveland and Kansas City.  In Monday's Finals, Central's team was chosen the National Champion over the District champions from New York, Richmond and Chicago.

Each round of Fed Challenge competition starts with a formal 15 minute presentation by the five member team and ends with another 15 minute question and answer session from a three-judge panel.  In the Finals in Washington, D.C., competition takes place in the boardroom of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Students sit across the table from three of the voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee, the 12-member group which sets interest rates. Our students received their award from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

 

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