MCC business club wins Federal Reserve Challenge competition Federal Reserve challenge

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Students in the Middlesex Community College Business and Economics Club were named community college national champions in the Federal Reserve Bank’s annual College Fed Challenge competition in December.

Students competed against community colleges from throughout New England in the early rounds, and with colleges from New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in the final round.

The students provided an analysis of current national economic conditions, a forecast of economic financial and international conditions relative to monetary policy, a discussion of significant risks to the economy, and a recommendation as to whether or not the Federal Reserve System should increase, decrease, or take no action with regard to short-term interest rates.

Middlesex student competitors were Ben Blieden of Lexington, Damian Gray of Methuen, Adam Nichols of Tewksbury, Robert Searle and Justin Durso of Billerica, and Scot Weisman of Pelham.

Faculty advisers were MCC professors Robert Awkward of Natick, John Femia of Billerica, and Robert Kaulfuss of Waltham, along with Judith Hogan of Lowell, MCC dean of business, engineering and technology.