Second place for students in ECB High School Challenge!

St. John’s International School came in second place at the first ever Generation Euro Students Award held by and at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt yesterday!

More than 1,800 students across the 17 eurozone countries participated in this competition that has been held in three rounds since September.

Our students, Christian McMillan, Lisa Schut, Caroline Ginty, Beatrice Martin and Alex Wilton, were among the students from six schools invited to Frankfurt to attend the final round of the competition on June 6th.  They were tasked with predicting and justifying the interest rate decision of the ECB.  In front of a panel of 4 senior ECB economists they presented for 25 minutes and were questioned for another 20 minutes.

In addition to the competition in the morning, we were able to attend the ECB’s press conference in the afternoon where Mario Draghi, the president of the ECB, announced the interest rate decision of the ECB to the press and took questions.  It was very exciting and Mr. Draghi made direct reference to our presence there:

http://www.ecb.int/press/tvservices/webcast/html/webcast_120606.en.html

Journalists from the WSJ, Financial Times, IHT were all there and if you forward the webcast to about 11min 30 seconds you will hear Draghi refer to us.  It was very exciting!  Afterwards, Mr. Draghi met with our students and presented them with their prizes.  A rare opportunity to meet the most influential person in the Eurozone!