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Burnsville High School students are finalists in 31st annual high school essay contest

Seven Burnsville High School students were finalists in the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ 31st annual essay contest. All were invited to a culminating workshop, luncheon and awards program at the Federal Reserve on May 7.

The student finalists were Najma Abdi, Erin Bachmeier, Marissa Baker, Sam Bardwell, Peyton Brewster, Grace McGovern and Emma Redden. All are seniors and enrolled in CIS/AP Microeconomics.

There were 30 finalists in the contest, which is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District – including Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For this year’s essay, students were asked to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Students were encouraged to incorporate at least one of six economic principles in their essay.

"They had to use economics to defend an immigration policy, which was a difficult topic, as you can imagine," said economics teacher Matt Eppen. "The students had to be sure not to be political, but rather focus on economic concepts."

College economics faculty and Federal Reserve staff judged the essays using five criteria, including comprehension, organization, conclusions, creativity and writing. In selecting winning essays, judges looked at creative thinking in addition to careful research, persuasive writing and solid economic thinking.

A complete list of high school finalists can be found at:

Pictured from left to right are: Emma Redden, Peyton Brewster, Najma Abdi, Sam Bardwell, Teacher Matt Eppen, Marissa Baker, Grace McGovern and Erin Bachmeier
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:20