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WIU Ag Students Place High in National Commodity Trading Competition

March 23, 2018


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MACOMB, IL -- A team of Western Illinois University School of Agriculture students has finished 18th in the CME Group Trading Challenge, a four-week electronic trading competition that involves 240 higher education institutions from 35 countries. Nearly 600 teams competed in the 2018 event.

The WIU team was made up of Caleb Dowell, a senior agriculture major from Stronghurst, IL, Keely Egelhoff, a senior agriculture major from Medora, IL, Nathaniel Kerr, a senior agriculture major from Warsaw, IL, and Corey Norton, a senior agriculture major from Mason City, IL.

The team, advised by WIU Associate Agriculture Business Professor Jason Franken, placed among the top 53 teams in the preliminary round, held Feb. 20-March 1. The placement earned the team an invitation to the final round of competition, March 5-16, where they placed 18th.

The CME Challenge simulated trading contracts in commodity futures markets using CQG trading software.

The WIU team is now invited to the CME Group in Chicago April 13 for an educational experience and chance to interact with industry leaders.

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