Leah Garvin, a senior at Northview High School, won the competition in a nailbiter with 360 points.
"I took part in it last year, so I knew what to expect being up on stage," she said. "But it was still intense."
Every student in the Social Studies department is given a screening quiz. The top six are selected to participate with three alternates.
There are two games. The winner from each game advances to the finals as well as the highest second place finisher.
The 2010 finals contestants were third place Conor Strain with 310 points, second place Ashleigh Lehr with 320 points and first place Leah with 360 points. Riddell National Bank sponsored the event and provided the students with the cash prizes.
Students answered questions in 11 categories including, current problems, economics, geography, government, Indiana studies, psychology, sociology, early United States history, Middle United States history, Modern United States history and world history.
Conor, the son of Bryan and Elizabeth Strain, received $40, Ashleigh, the daughter of Dennis and Rebecca Lehr, received $60 and Leah, the daughter of Jim and Pat Garvin, received $100. All the students are from Brazil.
This is the 15-year for the competition, but by far one of the most exciting.
"This was one of the best we have ever had," social studies teacher Michele Hunter said.
The three alternates received a certificate of recognition and the top six received a plaque. Leah will have her name on a plaque that is in the social studies hallway.