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8 Students Selected to National Economic Leadership Program
Posted 05/25/2012 03:24PM

(L-R) Lucas MacDonald, Laura Fawzi, Melissa Capone, Kristen Odland, Amanda Ager, Sydney Phillips, Gabrielle Carbone, Trevor Wexner

Saint Andrew's School is proud to announce that 8 rising seniors have been selected to participate in the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) workshops being held at college sites nationwide this summer. These week-long residential programs provide students who have just completed their junior year in high school with an exceptional opportunity to learn important economic and leadership skills.

FTE's entrance process is competitive. Typically, only 1 out of 5 applicants is accepted to the program. In addition, FTE pegs the value of the program at $1,400 per student; thus, Saint Andrew's School students are reaping over $11,000 in educational value.

The Saint Andrew's School students include (listed next to their name is the college where the Economics for Leaders program will take place this summer):

Amanda Ager '13: University of Texas, Austin

Melissa Capone '13: University of Illinois, Chicago

Gabrielle Carbone '13: Vanderbilt University

Laura Fawzi '13: Cornell University

Lucas MacDonald '13: College of William and Mary

Kristen Odland '13: University of Colorado, Boulder

Sydney Phillips '13: University of California, Los Angeles

Trevor Wexner '13: Hillsdale College

"The Economics For Leaders program will do a great deal to improve our students' economic reasoning -a vital skill in a world characterized by market forces- as well as their leadership abilities," stated Gabe Toth, economics teacher at Saint Andrew's School. "In addition, our students will enjoy meeting bright, inquisitive, and energetic high school students from around the country."

During the week-long seminar, students learn an economic way of thinking about human behavior and experience different leadership styles within a group. Through interactive simulations and engaging lesson plans, participants attain an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ these concepts for successful and effective leadership. Additionally, participants achieve a heightened awareness of the impact their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. As a result, they develop a clearer insight regarding how the world works -- knowledge that is especially helpful to those aspiring to leadership positions. Economics education for these future leaders is especially important because the costs of any misdirected public policies can be enormous.

Students attending the Economics for Leaders programs in prior years have called it "the experience of a lifetime." For more information about the Foundation for Teaching Economics, please visit the following Web site:


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