Awards and Winners

Awards

Teachers submit their entries to one of five regional contests throughout the state. Up to twenty-four winners are selected from each Regional competition. All regional winning entries advance to the state competition in which 12 state winners and 12 state honorable mention winners are selected. The state winners' drawings are featured in a 12-month calendar the following school year. Regional and state winners receive monetary awards, medals and certificates.

Regional Competition

  • Up to twenty-four regional winners receive an award and certificate.
  • Teachers of award-winning students receive recognition.
  • Some Regional Centers for Economic Education offer an awards reception for winners, parents, and teachers.
  • Winners in each of the regional competitions advance to compete in the state competition.

State Competition

  • Twelve statewide winners and twelve honorable mention winners receive a medal, monetary award and award certificate.
  • Teachers of award-winning students receive recognition.
  • Econ Illinois will provide a press release template that teachers can edit and share with their local media.
  • Winners will be published in a 12-month calendar for the next school year. Calendars will be sent to all participating teachers and to the families and principals of state-winning students.

Judging 

Entries are judged on accuracy of concept, originality, creativity and artistic ability, using the following rubric: 

Category Possible Points 1 2 3 4 5 Score
Clarity & conveying of Economic Concept (weighted double - multiply score x 2) 10 Concept not clearly identified; text necessary for explanation Concept is defined but not easily identified; possibly heavy in text Concept is easy to identify through images; minimal text Concept well depicted and easily identified through images; little or no text Concept clearly depicted and thoroughly demonstrated through images; little or no text  
Originality & Creativity 5 Lacks creativity & detail; idea possibly copied in whole or in part Unoriginal; little creativity; few details Average in originality, complexity and detail Above average uniqueness; medium complexity Highly creative, original & complex  
Design Layout & Organization 5 Unappealing; unorganized, messy, unattractive Does not compel attention; may be slightly messy, disorganized, mediocre Organized, attractive, aesthetically pleasing Above average in terms of attractive design, layout & neatness Exceptionally attractive design, layout & neatness  
Comments Total Score   / 20

Teachers are welcome use the posters of previous state winners as examples of concepts, however, please remind your students to use their own ideas rather than copy any example you show them.

2017 Winners

Goods and Services

Max R., 2nd grade
Cathedral of St Raymond
Joliet
Julie Vitas, teacher

Specialization and Trade

Rithik T., 5th grade
Fry Elementary School
Naperville
Sharon Phares, teacher

Choice and Opportunity Cost

Sahana K., 2nd grade
Fry Elementary School
Naperville
Sharon Phares, teacher

Working for Income

Kelsey A., 3rd grade
Fry Elementary School
Naperville
Sharon Phares, teacher

Free Trade

Emma Z., 7th grade
St James School
Arlington Heights
Mary Esquivel, teacher

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Gloria W., 6th grade
Cass Jr High School
Darien
Audrey Vaci, teacher

Saving and Investing

Andrea B., 8th grade
Madison Jr High School
Naperville
Cheryl Nicoski, teacher

Human Capital

Marino M., 6th grade
McAuliffe Elementary School
Chicago
Theresa Quitshaw, teacher

Saving and Spending

Laila B., 3rd grade
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Orland Park
Lauren Musielewicz, teacher

Incentives and Consumer Choice

Fiona M., 4th grade
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Orland Park
Lauren Musielewicz, teacher

Productive Resources

Michal D., 4th grade
Navajo Heights Elementary School
Palos Heights
Elizabeth Holman, teacher

Using Income

Adrian L., 5th grade
St Cletus School
La Grange
Erin Gridelli, teacher