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Minneapolis Fed announces 2019-20 student essay contest winners

Minneapolis, June 9, 2020

Minneapolis Fed announces 2019-20 student essay contest winners

Thirty students across 11 area high schools were among the finalists in an annual essay contest sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Each received a monetary award, as did their teachers.

First, second, and third place winners of the contest received additional prize money, and the first place winner was awarded a paid summer internship at the Minneapolis Fed.

The contest encourages high school students to study key issues relating to economics. This year’s contest challenged students to consider this question: “What, if anything, should government do to address the adverse consequences of free trade for some firms and individuals?” A team of Federal Reserve staff judged the essays. Thirty finalists were selected from the essays submitted by students in the Federal Reserve’s Ninth District. Additional information about the essay contest can be found here:

A complete list of winners and finalists:

First Place: Sahana Mangipudi, Breck School
Second Place: Jack Major, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Third Place: Patrick Cullinan, Minnehaha Academy


Breck School
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Teacher: Lori Merrill

  • Sahana Mangipudi

The Blake School
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Teacher: Beth Calderon

  • Thomas Hemphill

Teacher: David Zalk

  • Ford Ashmun
  • Morgan Fleming
  • Joseph Gustaferro
  • Charles Nowak
  • Joshua Vorbrich
  • Brian Zhang

Burnsville Senior High School
Burnsville, Minnesota
Teacher: Kathryn Wendling

  • Emelia Hovde
  • Charlie Mejia
  • Chance Persons

Edina High School
Edina, Minnesota
Teacher: Steven Cullison

  • Evan Jiang
  • Cole Statz

Little Falls Community High School
Little Falls, Minnesota
Teacher: Tom Stockard

  • Emily Liddell

Minnehaha Academy
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Teacher: David Hoffner

  • Patrick Cullinan

Mounds View High School
Mounds View, Minnesota
Teacher: Martha Rush

  • Elisa Guo
  • Justin Wang

Orono Senior High School
Long Lake, Minnesota
Teacher: Michelle Naylor

  • Margaret Kraus
  • Grace Miner
  • Logan Rodewald

Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Plymouth, Minnesota
Teacher: James Redelsheimer

  • Harry Larimore
  • Jack Major

Shakopee High School
Shakopee, Minnesota
Teacher: Ed Loiselle

  • Rohan Sastri

St. Thomas Academy
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Teacher: Dean Simmons

  • Alex Adams
  • Judd Fenlon
  • Jacob Goldade
  • Sophia Hoppe
  • Devin Klein
  • Blake Prall
  • Andrew Schreier

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.