In 2009 the Bentley “Fed Challenge” team finished second to Harvard in the regionals. In 2010 they beat Harvard in the regionals and went on to win the national championship. Last year they again finished second to Harvard in the regionals. Today I got this message from one of their two coaches:
Fantastic news… Bentley beat the field at yesterday’s Fed Challenge regional competition held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston yesterday!
There were 19 teams in this year’s competition, and by far Bentley’s team had the toughest road to victory. In the morning round Bentley’s team went up against Yale, BC, and BU, all formidable opponents, and of course beat them to advance to the afternoon round. There were four teams that advanced to the afternoon round: Bentley, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Middlebury. Gloria [Bentley's president] was there with the team during their afternoon presentation, and also stayed to watch the nerve-racking performance by Harvard, before winners were announced. In the end, Bentley earned first place, with a surprising second place finish by Dartmouth. So, Gloria still gets bragging rights in the Larson house, and of course we beat Harvard!
The team consisted of the following students:
Alfonso Martinez, Denise Klop, Spencer Tirella, Erik Larsson, Guillermo Fernandez, Brian Rogers, Josh Kulak, Dan Battista, Cody Normyle, Thomas Moore
Congratulations! I have the honor of teaching many of these students this semester. Also congratulations to the coaches Aaron Jackson and David Gulley. On to the FOMC Board Room in Washington for the championship round.