A junior Economics student from Silliman University bagged the gold medal during the 4th Inter-High School and Inter-Collegiate Economics Quiz Bee last July 28 at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Dumaguete.
Arl Renzyl Gonia,18, bested seven other competitors from Asian College, Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria, Foundation University, La Consolacion College-Bais, Metro Dumaguete College, Saint Francis College- Guihulngan, and Saint Paul University Dumaguete.
The quiz bee covered topics on microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and international economics, central banking, monetary policies, national, and international news.
Despite having only one week to prepare for the contest, Gonia was able to study at least most of the topics with the help of his coach, Mr. Rene Rafael Juntereal, economics department chair.
“What I did was that I used all my vacant time to study on my own, get some good rest as well, and of course, I always pray and ask for God’s guidance,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there’s no next level in this contest anymore. But after winning as the champion, I guess I’ll just cherish this blessing God has given to me, uplifting not just the name of my college but Silliman University as a whole,” Gonia said.