Economic students place
second at state
Five students currently enrolled in the business economics class at Rock Hills competed in the state finals of the Kansas Council on Economic Education's Economic Challenge last Wednesday at Emporia State University. Emma Reinert, Mezvah Nobi, Chase Slate, Dereck Gillett and Derric Luong earned the right to compete at this year's state finals based on each team member's scores on an online test taken in early March. At Emporia, the group was competing against teams from Olathe West, Turner High in Kansas City, Mission Valley, Haven and Nickerson.
After the first three rounds of individual testing in microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics-current events, the Rock Hills team was named one of the top two teams (based on test scores) to compete in the lightning round against Nickerson High School. After the lightning round, Nickerson was declared the winner and Rock Hills placed second. Another highlight of the day was when Emma Reinert was announced as the first place winner in the David Ricardo division, which is for students who have taken just one semester of economics.
Overall, it was an interesting and enjoyable day for the students. This was the first year Rock Hills has had a large enough economics class to participate in the event.
Dr. Railsback, instructor, said, "This was a great validation tool for our economics course at Rock Hills. The majority of the questions were over content we have already covered and will cover by the end of the year. Hopefully, we will have enough students in the class next year to once again participate in the preliminary online competition."
plans community clean-up
Mankato Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly meeting last Wednesday with nine members present.
Jason Ortman, president, called the meeting to order. Monica Walker, secretary, read the minutes of the March meeting. No treasurer's report was available.
The 2018 membership drive was reported on. So far 46 members have paid dues for 2018.
Community-wide clean-up will be Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. Final plans were made for the day. A lunch will be served to the volunteers following the clean-up.
The community garden is ready for planting. The chamber will take care of the donation plots this year. A few plots are still available.
Chris Rhea gave an update on the race series. They have named the series, Wide Open Spaces Races! There will be seven area towns involved.
There was a meeting Thursday to discuss the Mankato Fun Run.
The annual Mother's Day luncheon will be held again. The menu was planned and details on volunteers and advertising were also discussed.
Brian Shulda reported to the group that the Jewell County March Match Month was once again a success. More than $30,000 was donated and will be matched 125 percent by the Dane Hansen Foundation.
The Mankato Chamber of Commerce scholarship applications are due April 30. The board will meet to narrow the selection down to three applicants. At the May meeting they will vote for the winner.
Jason Ortman talked about Destination Small Town, a website that focuses on small towns in the midwest. An email will be sent out to all members to explain more about the website.
The May meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce will be May 9 at the Buffalo Roam.