South Koreas Sihoo Kim to represent Ireland in the Economics Olympiad in Moscow

Sihoo Kim won the prestigious Young Economist of the Year Award. It was announced on May 2nd in front of a packed O’Reilly Hall in University College Dublin. Sihoo, affectionately known to his classmates as Bob submitted his project entitled ‘Discovering Human Rationality through aspects of Human Behaviour’. This dealt with such issues as running for school dinners, New Years gym membership and sale pitches before concluding that people are not in fact rational when it comes to their behaviour and consumption choices.

Sihoo is one of five students from Rockwell College to be awarded a gold medal from economics. On being announced as the Overall Winner Sihoo said ‘I am so shocked, I will be so proud to represent Ireland in St Petersburg in July and I will do my very best’. Sihoo and his fellow competitors returned to Rockwell College to a rapturous reception from their classmates. Sihoo's proud economics teacher Pat Egan remembers Sihoo's first day in Rockwell when a shy 14 year entered the college in January 2015 as a boarder. Sihoo had very little English but his hard work and support from the teachers enabled him to achieve this accolade.

As the outright winner Sihoo will meet with the Minister for Finance Pascal Donoghue at Government Buildings on May 10th. Sihoo will complete his studies this coming June when he will sit his Leaving Cert. After a short break Sihoo will travel to St Petersburg to represent Ireland in the Economic Olympiad between July 23rd and August 1st.

Pic: Dylan Shaw (silver medal), Sihoo Kim (overall national winner), Pat Egan (Economics teacher), Padraig Clarke (Gold medal team in Micro-Economics), Leah Mc.Garry (Gold medal team in Micro-Economics), Varvara Artiukh (Individual Gold Medal in Macro-Economics)