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2019 winners honored

From left, winners honored at the 2019 presentation were Ann Minnick, Dawn Flora, Bethany Everidge, Logan Stana, Callie Randolph, Andrea Nolley, Brendon Derstine, Katerini Carpenter, Janelle Hurst de Mazariegos, Lauren Shifflett and Autumn Pequignot.

An Elkton Elementary School teacher’s superhero-themed economics project took top honors at the annual economic education awards presentation for 2019. Winning teacher Lauren Shifflett received the $1000 grand prize in competition sponsored by SVEE in partnership with the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. In “Shifflett Superville: Soaring Together,” first graders learned basic economic concepts by building a city and its market institutions with a superhero theme.

Lauren Shifflett is joined by two of her students who participated as superheroes in “Shifflett Superville.”

 

 

Ann Minnick, left, and Dawn Flora teamed up to produce the reserve grand prize winner.

The reserve grand prize went to Dawn Flora and Ann Minnick of Ottobine Elementary School. For their project, “You ‘Otter Pic’ These Entrepreneurs,” students teamed up across grade levels to produce personalized photos and frames with a school theme.

Other prizes awarded were:

  • First place in the elementary grades, Janelle Hurst de Mazariegos
    of Smithland Elementary School for “Integrated Economics Mini-Unit,” in which kids learned about spending and saving from in-class activities and community presenters.
  • Second place in the elementary grades, Autumn Pequignot and Tammy May of Lacey Spring Elementary School for
    “Functional Economics,” which spanned the grade levels with varied projects to bring community and school together in a celebration of graduation.
  • First place in the secondary grades that include middle and high school, Callie Randolph of Skyline Middle School, for “Clothing Upcycled!” in which students made new articles of clothing from used materials while building independent living skills.
  • Second place in the secondary grades, Katerini Carpenter of
    Thomas Harrison Middle School for “World Traveling Economist,”
    in which students learned about forms of economic organization around the world.
  • Third place in the secondary grades, Brendon Derstine
    of  Thomas Harrison Middle School, for the outdoor “Business Survival Game,” through which students learned about business cycles and business organization.

Also recognized separately were:

  • Logan Stana of Plains Elementary School, statewide winner in mini-grant competition
  • Bethany Everidge of Harrisonburg High School, nominee for Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator 2019
  • Andrea Nolley of Smithland Elementary School, nominee for Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator 2019

At the end of the local presentation, state-level awards were announced. SVEE-area teachers did quite well, as Lauren Shifflett took first place statewide and Dawn Flora and Ann Minnick took second place statewide in lesson plan and project competition. Andrea Nolley was named Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator 2019. This strong state showing is a tribute to local teachers and what they accomplish with SVEE support.

 

2018 winners honored

From left, Caitlin Mueller, Tara Counts, Tammy May, Tara Hardy, Linda King, Stephanie Driver, Cynthia Lam, Lisa Long, Bethany Everidge, Callie Randolph, Lacey Clarke and Holly Bazzle were recognized as 2018 winners.

On Oct. 8, teachers from the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools received awards for their innovative projects in economic education. The awards were sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. The awards include cash prizes ranging up to $1,000 for the grand prize.

From left, top local winners Caitlin Mueller, Tara Counts, Tammy May, Tara Hardy, Lisa Long and Bethany Everidge.
Dianna Alger

Awards were presented at the regular Monday meeting of the Rotary Club. Dianna Alger of Page County High School was also honored separately as the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s nominee for Economic Educator of the Year representing the Shenandoah Valley region.

The teachers honored also included these grade-level winners:

  • Virginia Munns of Smithland Elementary School, for her project, “2nd Graders + Big Hearts = Kindness,” which won first place in the primary (K-2) division.
  • Linda King, Holly Bazzle, Lacey Clark and Stephanie Driver of John C. Myers Elementary, for their project, “Class Dojo Economics,” which won second place in the primary (K-2) division.
  • Tara Hardy and Tammy May of John C. Myers Elementary, for their project, “Kids Market,” which won first place in the elementary (grades 3-5) division.
  • Nora S. Fletcher of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for her project, “An Autism Awareness Campaign Filled with Scents/Cents,” which won first place in the Middle School division.
  • Callie Randolph of Skyline Middle School, for her project, “Life in the Real World,” which won second place in the Middle School division.
  • Cynthia Lam of Elkton Middle School, for her project, “Lifestyle Budget,” which won third place in the Middle School division.
  • Bethany Everidge of Harrisonburg High School, for her project, “What are Common Words Anyways? Supporting Students through Tier-Two Vocabulary and Financial Literacy,” which won first place in the High School division.

Overall winners in the competition were:

  • Tara Counts and Caitlin Mueller of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for their project, “Restaurant Possible,” which won the grand prize in the overall competition.
  • Lisa Long and Walt Williamson of Harrisonburg High School, for their project, “The Blue Streak Stitching Company,” which won the reserve grand prize in the overall competition.

SVEE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Kruggel joins SVEE program

Indiana economic educator John Kruggel has been named to succeed Lynne Stover to lead the teacher outreach programs of the JMU Center for Economic Education. With funding from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., Kruggel will serve as Associate Director of the Center. Kruggel will conduct workshops, coordinate awards participation, develop economic lesson content and work with teachers one-on-one. Here’s a sketch on John Kruggel’s background:

John Kruggel graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Secondary Education in 2001. For his first teaching assignment he worked with the Indiana Council for Economic Education to create an award winning economics program in Haikou, China. John has over 15 years of teaching experience.

In 2010, he was one of six teachers in Indiana named an Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator. John has conducted numerous professional development workshops for elementary, middle and high school teachers throughout his school district. He has worked with the Indiana Council for Economic Education, as well as the IUPUI and ISU Centers for Economic Education, to organize and lead workshops throughout the state.

In 2017, he graduated from the Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators program at the University of Delaware. That same year John was named the Olin Davis Award winner for excellence in teaching economics in the state of Indiana. Most recently, he created a newsletter for economics, personal finance and business teachers in Indiana to help them integrate economics concepts covered in the news into the classroom. John has been married to his wonderful wife Heidi for nearly 10 years. Together they are the proud parents of Gabe (6) and Kathleen (4).

Heidi, John, Gabe and Kathleen

2017 winners honored

Winners at Rotary
From left, Beth Yelverton, Allen J. Ruliffson, Emily Hartman, Holly Kincaid, Callie Randolph, Nora S. Fletcher, Virginia Munns, Lisa Long, Russell Kohrs and Walt Williamson were recognized as 2017 winners.

 

On Oct. 2, teachers from the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools were received awards for their innovative approaches to economic education. The awards were sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. The awards include cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Awards were presented at the regular Monday meeting of the Rotary Club. Beth Yelverton of Ottobine Elementary School was honored for her work with the economic literacy reading program, “Reading Makes Cent$,” sponsored by Virginia 529.

The teachers honored also included these grade-level winners:

  • Virginia Munns of Smithland Elementary School, for her project, “Volunteering Acts of Kindness,” which won first place in the primary (K-2) division.
  • Emily Hartman of South River Elementary School, for “The South River Breakfast Cart,” which won first place in the elementary (grades 3-5) division.
  • Allen J. Ruliffson of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for his project, “Learn it. Sell it. Love it. On eBay.,” which won second place in the middle school division.
  • Callie Randolph and Holly Kincaid of Skyline Middle School, for their project, “Monster Factory,” which won first place in the middle school division.
  • Russell Kohrs of Massanutten Regional Governor’s School for Environmental Science and Technology, for “Over the Cliff or Sustaining the System: An Exploration of EROI (Energy Returned on Energy Invested),” which won first place in the high school division.

The overall winners were

  • Nora S. Fletcher of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for her project, “Poverty in America: Addressing Disparities through Action,” which won the reserve grand prize in the overall competition division.
  • Lisa Long and Walt Williamson of Harrisonburg High School, for their project, “Joe to Go!,” which won the grand prize in the overall competition. Judges were impressed with the project’s integration of economics and life skills for the special education students who participated.

SVEE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

New honor for SVEE-supported staffer

Lynne Stover rings the bell for the opening of the GEM Fair’s marketplace.

By Karen Doss Bowman

Lynne Stover, associate director of JMU’s Center for Economic Education, has been selected by the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) to receive the Bessie B. Moore Service Award, the organization’s highest honor for economic education field work. Lynne will accept the award on October 5 at a national recognition luncheon in New York.

The Center for Economic Education is an outreach center of the JMU College of Business (CoB), promoting economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley through teacher training and consultation. An educator with more than four decades of experience, Stover conducts teacher workshops and develops curriculum and activities to support the center’s mission. A frequent contributor to EconEdLink, she has published numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at regional, state and national educational conferences.

Stover, who joined JMU in 2005, helped create and implement the GEM Fair, an area-wide entrepreneurship fair for mini-economy classrooms. She also helped launch the statewide “Reading Makes Cent$” initiative, sponsored by the Virginia 529 College Savings Program, to promote economics and personal finance literacy among elementary school-aged children.

She has been an elementary school teacher, a gifted education specialist and a middle school librarian. She was honored in 2013 with the Friend of the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Award. In 2006, she received NAEE’s Rookie of the Year Award.

In nominating Stover for the award, JMU economics professor William Wood praised her dedication to and passion for the field of economics education.

“Lynne is a creative educator, always on the lookout for new ways to teach students and other economic educators,” Wood wrote in a nomination letter. “She understands the power of face-to-face workshops and has excelled in that format … Because of her superb presentation skills, her hard work, and her genuine heart for other economic educators, her sessions have drawn large attendance and high ratings.”

2016 award winners recognized

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From left, Russell Kohrs, Beth Yelverton, Allen Ruliffson, Callie Randolph, Emily Hartman, Marta Frederick, Lisa Long and Virginia Munns were recognized as winners in the 2016 awards competition.

Educators from the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools were honored for their innovative and effective ways of bringing economics lessons to the classroom. The Economic Education Awards, presented on Oct. 17, were sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. The awards include cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.

“Economics is important–and everybody understands that in a presidential election year,” said JMU economics professor William Wood, director of the university’s Center for Economic Education. “Economic education may even be more important than economics at a time such as this. Think about how different our campaign might be if large numbers of voters truly understood economics and did not fall for easy slogans.”

Russell Kohrs of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School for Environmental Science and Technology was the grand prize winner. His project, “Exploring Energy: An Economic and Environmental Exploration of Solar Energy,” taught students important lessons on environmental principles and economic concepts.

The reserve grand prize went to Lisa Long and Walt Williamson of Harrisonburg High School for creating “The Blue Streak Food Company,” a meal delivery business for teachers that involved students at every stage–from recipe selection to delivery.

Virginia Munns of Smithland Elementary School was the first-place winner in the elementary division. Her project, “Auction Antics,” involved kindergarten students exchanging pennies for items ranging from pets to privileges to teach lessons about cost and choice.

Two projects were recognized in the middle school division. Allen J. Ruliffson of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School won first place honors for “Diamonds are Forever.” The project engaged all of Hillyard’s seventh graders in studies of the international market for diamonds. The second place prize was won by Callie Randolph and Marta Frederick of Skyline Middle School for “Homemade Vs. Store-Bought Crepes.” The three-day lesson used an extended cost comparison to teach students about marketing, decision-making and cooking.

All of the projects were entered in a statewide competition, which awards three prizes for the K-12 level. Randolph and Frederick’s project received the second place award in that competition, while Long and Williamson received third place for their project. These awards will be presented on Dec. 9 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

In addition to the local awards, regional and state-level honors were presented at the event:

  • Beth Yelverton, librarian at Ottobine Elementary School, was the Shenandoah Regional Winner for the “Reading Makes Cent$” program, sponsored by the Virginia 529 college savings plan. Under Yelverton’s direction, Ottobine students read the most economics-relevant books in the Shenandoah region.
  • Hillyard’s Ruliffson, who was honored in the local competition, was named Virginia Social Studies Teacher of the Year. He also will be recognized at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies.
  • Sondra Colvin and Emily Hartman of South River Elementary School were winners in a statewide mini-grant competition sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education. They used their mini-grant to start a “Coffee Cart” business at the school, involving their 4thand 5th grade students. The business was so successful that it expanded to become the “The South River Breakfast Cart,” complete with hand-made uniforms for the student employees who served teachers throughout the school.

The JMU Center for Economic Education is an affiliate of the Virginia Council on Economic Education. Its teacher outreach is a sponsored program of Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that seeks to promote economic literacy and understanding of the free enterprise system in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

SVEE credited with national research win

William C. Wood
William C. Wood

Dr. William C. Wood of the SVEE-funded Center for Economic Education at JMU has been chosen to receive the top research award given by the National Association of Economic Educators. Wood will receive the Henry H. Villard Research Award, which the award charter says was “established to encourage and recognize outstanding contributions in economic education research.” NAEE will confer the award on Wood in Phoenix, AZ October 6 at the organization’s annual meeting, jointly held with the Council for Economic Education.

Wood credited SVEE’s partnership with making the award possible. “SVEE’s support of economic education has made it possible for me to work with great economic education field workers like Martha Hopkins, Joan Harper and Lynne Stover. It has made all the difference — having their reactions and their experience to draw from.”

Wood’s publications in economic education span a period of more than 30 years, beginning with “The Educational Potential of News Coverage of Economics,” published in the field’s leading journal, The Journal of Economic Education, in 1985. Wood has since published scholarly work with 22 different coauthors, four of whom were JMU undergraduates in honors or independent study programs. His work includes the U.S. economic history textbook Economic Episodes in American History (with Mark C. Schug) and an antitrust study published by The MIT Press (with Kenneth G. Elzinga).

GEM Fair continues with new sponsor

U typeHere’s a video that tells the story of the GEM Fair, which began under SVEE sponsorship. The Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace Fair brings together students from classroom mini-economics for a simulated international marketplace. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories including best product and best marketing. New in 2016 is the addition of Union Bank & Trust as presentation sponsor. Thanks to all who make it work!

2015 award winners honored

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From left, 2015 award winners were Laura Thomas, Shelley Bryant, Allen Ruliffson, Callie Randolph, Justin King, Russell Kohrs, Janeen Dofflemyer, Andrea Nolley and Beth Yelverton.

Russell Kohrs has won the grand prize in the local economic education competition sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce for a Broadway High School project.

The winning project was “Concentrating on Copper: An Exploration in Mineral Commodities.” This project combined earth science principles and economic concepts to show students the importance of finite resources.

Since completing the project at Broadway, Kohrs has joined the faculty of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School for Environmental Science and Technology in Mt. Jackson.

The prize carries a $1,000 cash award.  All the local winners were recognized at a meeting of the Rotary Club on October 5.

The reserve grand prize in the competition was won by Allen J. Ruliffson and Kim Fawley of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School.

In the Ruliffson-Fawley project, “Barracuda Barrel,” students learned what the Industrial Revolution was really like by pitching 19th century products to a panel of “Shark Tank”-like judges.

First prize among elementary school projects was won by Laura Thomas of Waterman Elementary School for her “Waterman Elementary Bookstore,” in which fourth graders learned retail skills while helping their fellow students get access to books.

Second place for elementary projects went to Andrea Nolley of Smithland Elementary School for “Decide, Reflect, Revise: Journaling through Mini-Economy.” For Nolley’s project, diverse students in an 11-week after-school program sharpened their writing and entrepreneurship skills in an economy they created.

First place in the middle school division went to Kim Fawley and Allen J. Ruliffson for their project, “Revolution on Animal Farm: Using George Orwell’s Novel to Learn about Communism and the Russian Revolution.”

In the high school division, first place went to Shelley Bryant of Turner Ashby High School for “Child Labor and Migrant Labor Simulation Games.” Bryant’s project used original simulations of labor practices under difficult conditions to help students understand child and migrant labor in real life and in literature.

Second place in the high school division was won by Justin King and Janeen Dofflemeyer of East Rockingham High School for their “Hands-on Market Economy Stations.” This tenth-grade project brought students with diverse abilities together for interactive experiences in economics and personal finance at three learning stations.

Third place in the high school division went to Callie Randolph for work done at Spotswood and East Rockingham high schools. Randolph’s project, “The Candy Trade & the Law of Demand,” taught key concepts in economics with multiple examples using candy.

An additional high school project, “Health Is Wealth: Pedometers Make ¢ents” by Amy Wheeler of Harrisonburg High School, did not place in the competition but received a Judges’ Award of Merit for its use of pedometer clicks to generate economic activities.

Beth Yelverton, librarian at Ottobine Elementary School, was separately recognized as the Shenandoah Region winner in student reading competition that was part of Reading Makes Cent$, a sponsored educational outreach by the Virginia 529 college savings plan.

Economic education locally is supported by Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc., a nonprofit organization that combines business and school contributions to fund the field work of the James Madison University Center for Economic Education.