Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge

The 2015 Challenge to be held May 8!

The State Treasurer's Office holds the annual tournament in Montpelier to promote student interest in and knowledge of personal finance, economics, and consumer affairs topics.Vermont high schools may enter one team of four students in grades 9-12. Teams are also permitted to have as many as two alternates. It is a bracketed, double-elimination tournament. Using a quiz-show style format, students are questioned individually and as a team. The registration deadline has passed. If you have an interest in entering a team for the 2015 Challenge, contact Lisa Helme at (802) 828-3706.

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  • $3,000 first prize, each student receives a $500 college savings account
  • $1,500 second prize, each student receives a $250 college savings account
  • Individual trophies for teams placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd
  • Winning school's name engraved on large gold traveling trophy
  • Lunch is held at the State House

Who Won the 2014 Challenge?

Ten Vermont high schools squared off May 2 in Montpelier in the sixth annual Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge. Following a day-long tournament, it was the South Burlington High School Rebels who were awarded the large gold Challenge cup by State Treasurer Beth Pearce. Each student also received a $500 college savings account donated by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

View photos of the 2014 competition

Second place was won by Burlington High School. Each student received a $250 college savings account. Third place was won by U32 High School. Individual trophies were awarded to students on the first through third place teams.

Pictured at right with the State Treasurer are (l to r) Sara Ruch, Charlotte Mills, math teacher and coach Eric Stone, Ben Jewkes and Phil Holt. 

Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge Sponsors

The event is organized and promoted each year by the Vermont State Treasurer's Office. We gratefully acknowledge the event's financial underwriting by TD Bank. College savings account prizes are provided by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Additional financial support is contributed by the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition.

What Do Students & Teachers Think of the Challenge?

“The competition this year was very tough. Every match was close and could easily have gone either way."
– South Burlington High School Math/Science Teacher Eric Stone

“The tournament was a lot of fun; a great educational and competitive experience. We came to the competition with low expectations, hoping to survive a round or two before being eliminated. We were overjoyed to place third.”  
– U32 High School Student Thomas David-Bashore

“The Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge provides us the opportunity to put our personal finance and economics knowledge to the test against other students from across the state. The competitive nature of the Challenge always makes for an exciting day.”  
– Missisquoi Valley Union Business Teacher Jacob Hartman

"It was fun. I enjoyed the economic questions about the government the most.”    
– Bellows Free Academy Student Kevin Farmer


"The students loved being able to show their stuff in this competition. The content knowledge gives them confidence as they move ahead with their lives.”    
– Burlington High School Teacher Bob Hill


"The Treasury Cup competition put on by the Vermont State Treasurer's Office is one of the purest learning opportunities available covering this material. In addition to putting the content area to use, the students thrive both individually and collaboratively. A tremendously healthy day of learning.”    
– U32 High School Business Teacher George Cook


How Does the Competition Work? 

The one-day academic competition gives teachers a way to challenge their students in a fun game-show-style competition. Teams are comprised of four students in grades 9-12. Teams may have as many as two alternates. Each high school may enter only one team, but may bring additional students to the Challenge to cheer on their school. At the start of the competition, teams are placed in competition brackets. It is a double elimination tournament. The majority of the questions are in multiple choice format. Each preliminary competition is organized as follows:

  • ROUND 1: Personal Finance--each team gets four questions in round robin format; correct answers worth 5 pts. each
  • ROUND 2: Economics--each team gets four questions in round robin format; correct answers worth 5 pts. each
  • ROUND  3: Lightning Round--open-ended topics that teams compete directly against each other in a timed event worth 10 pts. each

Subsequent matches are modified slightly from the preliminary rounds in that individual questions are replaced with team questions. There is a lightning round.

Interested in entering a team for the 2015 Challenge? Call us at (802) 828-3706 or via email at .