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Cloquet Econ team earns second at state

Cloquet Econ team members have to think fast in the Quiz Bowl round. Pictured, from left: Franny Slater, Ethan Matzdorf, Christian Loeb and Marjorie Larson. Photo contributed by Paula Keller1 / 2
Members of the Cloquet High School Econ team show off their second-place trophy at the Federal Reserve Bank, where the state competition was held. Pictured, from left: Christian Loeb, Majorie Larsen, Ethan Matzdorf and Franny Slater. Contributed photo2 / 2

After months of studying, the Cloquet High School Economics team took second place April 11 at the Minnesota Econ Challenge in the large school category, falling to Parnassus Preparatory School in the final quiz bowl round.

Seniors Marjorie Larsen, Christian Loeb, Ethan Matzdorf and Franny Slater earned their spots on the team based on their scores on the first test of the quarter in teacher and econ coach Tim Prosen's senior economics class.

Once they accepted the challenge, it was a matter of studying over lunch hours, in the evenings, anytime the four incredibly busy seniors — who are involved in various sports, theater, clubs and work — could find time to get together with Coach Prosen. Each team member also got a giant binder filled with facts and figures to study in the their "free" time.

Prosen lauded the team at Wednesday's CHS Student Awards Ceremony, noting that it was a close finish for the team.

"This group worked very hard and I was impressed with their strong showing at the state competition," Prosen said. "They lived up to our reputation well as a competitive outstate small school going toe-to-toe with the metro. I am proud of them and they all learned a lot along the way."

For getting the highest individual scores, Larsen and Slater were named MVPs of Cloquet Senior High in the David Ricardo Division. A total of 75 student participated in the 2018 competition.

Cloquet won the state Econ title in 2017 and 2015. Its past championship teams have given Prosen a lot of credit. In turn, the econ coach — who is also the CHS head track coach — gives his wife, Sara, a lot of credit for making it possible for him to do all that while also raising three boys.