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October 2013



Allen Ruliffson Wins Top Prize in Economic Education Award Competition

Allen RuliffsonAllen J. Ruliffson of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School has won the grand prize in the local economic education competition sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

The winning project was “Economic Journaling: Quick Writing for Student Success.” In Ruliffson’s project, daily journal responses to questions from the instructor helped middle school students learn civics and economics while building critical thinking and writing skills.

The prize carries a $1,000 cash award.  All the local winners were to be recognized at a meeting of the Rotary Club on October 7.

First prize in the intermediate division for grades 3-5 was won by Rachel Lemn of Elkton Elementary School for “Insights of a Market Day in the Third Grade.”

Lemn’s lesson gave students hands-on experience in operating their own market, reinforcing classroom instruction and reading on cost, supply and demand.

Second place for grades 3-5 went to Louise Pierson of John Wayland Elementary School for “Prosperity, Peace, and The Lemonade War.” Pierson’s project showed students important concepts in economics and entrepreneurship through the popular children’s book The Lemonade War.

Third place for grades 3-5 was won by Teresa Cooper of John Wayland Elementary School. Her project, “Grandpap’s Story,” helped fourth grade students understand choice, natural resources and ethics, using family history and an environmental decision.

In the high school division, a joint first prize was awarded to Cindy Ferek of Turner Ashby High School and Amy Wheeler of Harrisonburg High School for “Pedometers Make Cents.” These were separate budget-fitness projects originated by the two physical education teachers that awarded students virtual money for pedometer-measured activity and then guided students through making economic choices with the money.

Second place in the high school division was won by Jennifer Ryan of East Rockingham High School for her “Career Choice, Salary and Earning Power.” Ryan’s lesson taught students about the future careers open to them and the necessary investments in human capital to seek those careers.

Third place in the high school division went to Elizabeth Stombaugh-Hook of Harrisonburg High School for “Financing the Government.” In this project, senior government students learned about the federal budget and taxation, using parallel activities with personal budgets.

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.








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