Arklow students earn a podium spot in the European Money Quiz 2022

Two Arklow students from Gaelcholáiste na Mara have been crowned national champions after coming third in the European Money Quiz 2022.

he European Money Quiz is Europe’s largest financial education competition for students aged 13 to 15, and attracts up to one million players via the Kahoot! Platform.

Alexandru (Alex) Muntean and Conor De Búrca have been chosen to represent Ireland in the European final after beating 2,000 entrants in the Irish final hosted by the Irish Banking and Payments Federation.

In the European final, they faced other national champions from 28 other countries and had to answer 20 questions on financial literacy. The top three teams won a cash prize and the top five were invited to Brussels on June 20-21 by organizers from the European Banking Federation.

Speaking after the success, Alex said: “I felt really excited and happy after finishing third in the European final. We didn’t secure our place in the top five teams in Brussels. I was delighted to to have this opportunity alongside my teammate and trusted friend Conor Burke. I am looking forward to this trip and hope it will be awesome.

He added: “To practice for the quiz, I made sure to play the finals from the previous year to get a taste of the types of questions that might come up this year.

“I played a lot of Kahoot! quizzes in the past with my classmates in business class and gained experience in quick thinking and decisive action. Of course, I also have the Junior Cert exam this year and preparing for it has also helped me a lot.”

Conor also praised their teacher for the support given to help them win this European award.

“It was a really great opportunity to be able to play in the quiz with so many other countries,” he said. “I am very grateful for all the support from my teacher, Oide Tiarnán, and my teammate Alex. I am delighted to have the chance to travel to Brussels with the team.

He added: “I made sure to play all the Kahoot! from previous quizzes to get a taste of the type of questions to come. Preparing for the Junior Cert later this year has helped me a lot to remember interest and tax rates.

Their business studies teacher, Tiarnán De Hál, said he was exceptionally proud of their achievement.

“They are two exceptionally diligent and curious students who are a pleasure to share a classroom with – like, indeed, all of their fellow business studies students here at the school,” he said.

“To be crowned national champion was a worthy honor in itself – but to come third in Europe was, as we would say here at school, ar fheabhas ar fad!”

The European Money Quiz was launched alongside the European Money Week campaign in 2017 and is part of the financial education initiatives of the European Banking Federation.

The aim of these initiatives is to highlight the importance of financial education for young people to lead better and safer lives.