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: 

CategoryPossible Points12345Score
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.

2016 Winners

Choice and Opportunity Cost

Choice and Opportunity Cost
Alyssa E., 4th grade
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Orland Park
Laura Prisby, teacher

Goods and Services

Goods and Services
Virginia T., 2nd grade
Queen of the Rosary School
Elk Grove Village
Linda Minard, teacher

Specialization

Specialization
Amy L., 8th grade
Washington Gifted School
Peoria
J. Tracy Prescott, teacher

Scarcity

Scarcity
Claire G., 6th grade
Thomas Middle School
Arlington Heights
Danielle Schuh, teacher

Productive Resources

Productive Resources
Anesh, K., 4th grade
Iles Elementary School
Springfield
Toro Aladesuyi, teacher

Producers and Consumers

Choice and Opportunity Cost
Briana R., 2nd grade
Oak Glen Elementary School
Lansing
Valerie Kooy, teacher

Choice and Opportunity Cost

Choice and Opportunity Cost
Sydney A., 5th grade
Fry Elementary School
Naperville
Sharon Phares, teacher

Specialization

Specialization
Kamil R., 8th grade
Liberty Junior High School
Burbank
Terri Alexander, teacher

Productive Resources

Productive Resources
Fiona M., 3rd grade
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Orland Park
Lauren Musielewicz, teacher

Specialization

Specialization
Zoe S., 8th grade
Prairie View Middle School
Tinley Park
William Cornfield, teacher

Productive Resources

Scarcity
Kolby P., 5th grade
St. Bartholomew School
Chicago
Kathleen Gienko, teacher

Producers and Consumers

Producers and Consumers
Sophia T., 2nd grade
Fry Elementary School
Naperville
Sharon Phares, teacher