Economic Center Announces Winner

The Mesa Community College Center for Economic Education is pleased to announce the middle school state winner of the Investwrite Essay contest.  Faith Manion, a seventh-grade student at Ward Traditional Academy in Tempe earned the award for the Fall, 2013 semester for her essay applying economic analysis and research.  Faith is a member of the Junior Honor Society and represents Ward on the volleyball team.

Manion and her classmates at Ward are supported by a collaboration across disciplines to integrate language arts, mathematics and social studies in the curriculum.  Faith credited her language arts teacher, Michelle Baker, and her math teacher, Michelle Lutrell, for their work to support her research and writing.

Greg Pratt, director of the Center for Economic Education said, “This award celebrates excellence in academic research and writing and recognizes an innovative collaboration at Ward Traditional Academy.  The Ward community has embraced economic education and cross-disciplinary instruction and students at Ward continue to excel in their participation in the activities supported by the Center for Economic Education.”

The Center for Economic Education partners with the Arizona Council on Economic Education to participate in InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition that adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.  The Investwrite essay contest is one of the signature programs supported by the Center for Economic Education to expand economics instruction in the middle and high schools in our service area.

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2013