Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge

The 2014 Treasury Cup Challenge Won by South Burlington Rebels!

Ten Vermont high schools squared off May 2 in Montpelier in the sixth annual Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge. At stake were thousands of dollars in college savings funds and bragging rights as the 2014 Challenge champ. 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. 

Congratulations to these schools that accepted the 2014 Challenge:

  • Bellows Free Academy
  • Burlington High School
  • Essex High School
  • Fair Haven Union High School
  • Missisquoi Valley Union High School
  • Montpelier High School
  • Mount Mansfield Union High School
  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • South Burlington High School
  • U-32 High School

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 and this year's student raffle prize, an iPad mini, was donated by Community National Bank. Thank you!

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 .