Centennial Elementary had 24 fourth and fifth grade students compete in the MEE Competition. The Meaningful Economic and Entrepreneurship Competition (MEE) was held Thursday, November 17 at the Nigh University Center on the campus of UCO.
This program is designed to recognize student achievement in acquiring and applying knowledge in economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance. Students spent extra time before school to research vocabulary, team build, brainstorm creative solutions to a business problem, perform skits presenting their solutions, and learning how to produce a “product” in an assembly line fashion within a very short period of time!
Arriving at the competition with high expectations, we joined 200 + students to compete for the top teams in each grade level. The enthusiasm was very high and students were eager to learn what the challenges would be for them as young entrepreneurs to solve! It was a day filled with authentic challenges, learning, and team building. Students were tested over economic concepts such as supply, demand, how banks work, what are debit/credit cards, how does saving money help, how does spending money help our economy and what type of products help Oklahoma’s economy. They were also asked about inventors/entrepreneurs who have helped our economy such as John Deere, Steve Jobs, Alexander Graham Bell and many more.
Centennial’s six teams represented our school with our motto of R.O.A.M. All 24 students left eager to compete next year, while 2 teams came home with recognition. They are:
4th graders: Holden Morley, Judy Liu, Kyler Bechtel, Avery Hjelmstad, Katherine Soucek, Landon Hahn, Major Russell, Peyton Boyster
The 4th grade team placing 1st included: Kenna Snyder, Julianna Cummings, Stratton McClure, and Hudson Hahn
5th Graders: Libby Snyder, Saanvi Kurella, Brett Caither, Megan Graham, Bryce Carroll, Maria McCrae, Delaney Schmidt, Jett Haller
The 5th grade team placing 2nd included: Claire McKinnon, Halle Hamilton, Cohen Dugger
and Nate Ingram