Keeping with our mission to connect, inform and inspire, The Econ Club works with The Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University each year to sponsor a high school economic essay contest. This contest helps bring interest to the relevant topics of economics to our community’s high school students as well as invests in our future leaders’ careers.

Through our members’ unwavering support of this worthwhile endeavor, we continue to provide successful programs year after year!

2021-22 ESSAY COMMITTEE AND JUDGES:*
Chip George, Comfort Research & Essay Committee Chair
Bill Coderre, Junior Achievement
Danielle DeWitt,  Spectrum
Brian Greenleaf, Sabo PR
Leslie Muller, Seidman, GVSU
*The Judges receive the essays anonymously for the selection process

2021-2022 HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST TOPIC:

How Will Workplace Culture Change in a Post-Pandemic Era to Recruit and Retain Talent?

  • FIRST PLACE – $3,000 + YMCA Teen Membership
  • SECOND PLACE – $2,000 + YMCA Teen Membership
  • THIRD PLACE – $1,000 + YMCA Teen Membership
  • FOURTH PLACE – $500 each (10 winners)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 43RD ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Chandler Baillie  — East Kentwood High School 

Jaylynne CalderonGrand Rapids University Prep Academy 

Samantha DickCatholic Central High School 

Jordan FridsmaGrand Rapids Public Museum High School 

Camille Gerville-ReacheForest Hills Northern High School 

Avery Graham — Jenison High School  

Wayne HeForest Hills Northern High School  (3rd Place Winner)

Graham KaufmanCatholic Central High School 

Chloe PlugerSouth Christian High School  

Hannah RoelofsSouth Christian High School  (3rd Place Winner)

Aidan RozemaGrand Rapids Christian High School  (1st Place Winner)

Ian Schweigert — Catholic Central High School 

Seth WolowskiNorthPoint Christian High School 

Ellery YountsCA Frost High School  (2nd Place Winner)

 

Read The Winning Essays

Essay Contest Sponsors

PATRON:

DONOR:

Art Betancourt
Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan
Comfort Research
Tina Freese Decker
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
J.C. Huizenga
George and Stephanie Leonardos
Jeff and Debra Maddox
Meijer
Tim and Karen O’Donovan
NPF Investment Advisors
Joe & Kristin Ponstein 
RDV Corporation 
Reagan Marketing + Design
UFP Industries Foundation
Wolverine Worldwide 

CONTRIBUTOR:

Bill and Cheryl Coderre
Tim and Ping Liang
Northern Trust
Rockford Construction 
Sabo PR
Watkins, Ross & Co.

The Annual Essay Contest Has Had:

Essay Contest Award Photo Gallery

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Thank You Essay Contest Partners!