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Students compete in Economics Poster Contest


Students from Naperville School Districts 203 and 204 are being recognized for their winning entries in the 2012 Economics Concepts Poster Contest.

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The students and their families have been invited to celebrate their accomplishments at a reception hosted by Northern Illinois University Center for Economic Education on May 15, 2012, at NIU’s Naperville Center.

The Economic Concepts Poster Contest is a yearly event sponsored by the Illinois Council on Economic Education and the regional centers for economic education, including the center based at NIU. These organizations help K-12 schools integrate the teaching of economics and personal finance across the curriculum at all grade levels, preparing students to meet Common Core Standards and providing them with the fundamental economic concepts and skills needed to be effective participants in our economy.

For the poster contest, students created artistic and colorful drawings to represent one of six basic economic concepts—scarcity, opportunity cost, goods and services, specialization, producers and consumers, or productive resources.

This year, students participating in NIU’s regional competition submitted over 350 entries that were judged by an interdisciplinary team from the university and the region. The judges selected winning posters based on accuracy of concept representation and originality.

At the regional competition, 24 Naperville students in 1st through 8th grade took home honors for their interpretation and visual explanation of an economic concept. Three of those students went on to win awards at the state level, and five received state honorable mentions.

Congratulations to state winners

Rohan Satapathy first grade student at White Eagle Elementary

Lucy Wang eighth grade student at Madison Junior High

Samuel Garabedian fourth grade student at Patterson Elementary.

Rohan Satapathy’s poster on specialization will be included in the 2012 Economic Education Calendar.

Honorable mention awards

Arjun Nair second grade student at White Eagle Elementary

Kathryn Suplee third grade student at White Eagle Elementary

Taylor Bonomofifth grade student at Springbrook Elementary

Lauren Evansthird grade student at Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary

Aishani Shukla fifth grade student at Fry Elementary

Dr. Mary Beth Henning, associate professor in the Department of Literacy Education and co-director of the Northern Illinois Center for Economic Education was thrilled by the number of students who participated. “In today’s climate of financial confusion, it is encouraging to see so many elementary and middle school students exploring the meaning and importance of economic literacy,” said Henning. “What an inspiring group of students, families, and educators!”

To learn more about this and other economic education and professional development opportunities, visit the Center for Economic Education’s website at niu.edu/econ_edu.  To see this year’s winning posters, visit niu.edu/econ_edu/events/poster_contest/.

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