Viva Graff Wins Top Prize in Economic Essay Contest

Cotter Schools Student Excels in Economics Essay Contest

St. Paul, MN – June 2, 2020 – A high school senior at Cotter Schools in Winona, MN took the top prize in the Food Markets division of the Global Food Challenge essay competition sponsored by AgriBank. Sophia Graff wrote her essay on chickpeas, providing a detailed account of how the basic economics of food markets apply to this crop and using the crop to demonstrate and model a number of those same economic principles with the assistance of her teacher, Evan Howard.

The project was selected from a competitive field of entries from students in high schools across the state who entered their projects after completing the companion Global Food curriculum. All participating students, even those not selected for a prize in the competition, invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into their research papers amid challenging circumstances from the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The Minnesota Council on Economic Education is proud of these students, and especially Sophia Graff, for their hard work and commitment to applying their learning to the real-world.

The Global Food Challenge competition is a program of the Minnesota Council on Economic Education that, for more than 10 years, has helped students connect their learning to the real-world by offering opportunities to learn and explore issues in the economics of food and agriculture. Through these experiences and the accompanying free curriculum, students and teachers across the state are able to expand their horizons and engage with economics in new and meaningful ways.

Established in 1961, the Minnesota Council on Economic Education is a nonprofit organization housed within the University of Minnesota with a mission to equip Minnesotans with the economic and personal financial understanding needed to succeed in today’s complex economy. MCEE is an affiliate of the national Council for Economic Education and, as a leading state council with almost 60 years of service to Minnesota, is well-placed through collaborative partnerships with public and private entities to fulfill its mission.