Essay Contest Information

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids is an organization whose members belong to all levels of the business community. Keeping with our mission of connect, inform and inspire, our purpose is to provide a forum for speakers on current economic and social topics and thereby assist members and guests in increasing their understanding. We believe this purpose includes stimulating the interest of future business, academic and governmental leaders.

The Econ Club in cooperation with The Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University sponsor this high school economic essay contest each year. Through our members’ unwavering support of this worthwhile endeavor, we continue to provide successful programs year after year.

Spring, 2022 Essay Contest Information will be Posted Soon!

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

Winners 2020

Benjamin Bridge  
Catholic Central HS
Danielle Fedrigo 
Grand Rapids Christian HS
Terah Gresham
CA Frost Environ. Science HS
Elspeth C. Jansen
Grand Rapids Christian HS
Tobias Klooster 
Forest Hills Eastern HS
Daniel Mikolay
Catholic Central HS
Preston Morris 
Byron Center HS

Sebastian Padilla
City High/Middle School
Jessica Pavey
Forest Hills Eastern HS
Sumegha Ponnaluri
Forest Hills Eastern HS
Hannah Reynolds 
Grand River Prep HS
Emma Roelofs
South Christian HS
Megan Schetz
Catholic Central HS
Vladimir Tomorsky
Grand Rapids University Prep


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