International Academy Central of Bloomfield Hills has won the Michigan preliminary round of the Euro Challenge 2011 Regional Competition and will be advancing to the semi-final round of the competition in New York City on April 27, 2011. The student team will be competing against 24 teams from 12 other states. Other high schools competing in the Michigan regional round included: International Academy East, Troy; International Academy Macomb, Clinton Township; and Lakeland High School, White Lake.

Regional competition was hosted by the Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC). Now in its sixth year, the Euro Challenge is an academic contest that provides a unique and exciting educational opportunity for thousands of students from across the United States to learn about the European Union – the largest economic partner of the US – and the economies that share its single currency, the euro. On April 27, the Michigan team will showcase their knowledge on challenges confronting countries of the Eurozone, and make policy recommendations to solve these challenges.

The Euro Challenge fosters a better understanding of the European economy and transatlantic economic relations, and it supports local learning objectives in economics and finance. The competition continues to expand nationally. This year, 79 high school teams from 15 states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin) competed in regional contests. The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Other partner organizations include: The Moody’s Foundation; Credit Suisse; The Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta (Miami branch) and Cleveland (Pittsburgh branch); w!se (Working in Support of Education); European Union Centers of Excellence at Florida International University/University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Wisconsin; European Union Centers at University of Illinois and University of Indiana; and the European Union Studies Center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.