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Columbus Middle Teams Wins Economic Competition

Summit Champ team representing Bangladesh: Selena Swartzfager, President of the MS Council on Economic Education and CMS students Braden Bonsall, Christina Clark, Jessica Smith, Donyelle Brown, Sylvia Collins (teacher), and Makayla Miller.

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Columbus Middle School captured top honors in the International Economic Summit on November 29 at Delta State University in Cleveland. They represented Bangladesh and emerged from a field of 21 high school and middle school teams to claim the championship.

The winning team was coached by Columbus Middle School teacher, Sylvia Collins. The International Economic Summit simulates world trade among nations, with twenty-one student teams. The event is structured like a model

Top High Income Country team representing Japan: : Selena Swartzfager, President of the MS Council on Economic Education and CMS students Lucy Whitwam, Laurel Yarborough, Jaylan Lenoir, Sylvia Collins (teacher) , Cesar Rojas-Rincon, and Sarah Wismeier (seated).

United Nations, where each student team represents a different country. The students spent weeks getting ready, researching their assigned country’s economy, political structure, imports and exports, natural resources, infrastructure needs, and other strengths and weaknesses. These “economic advisers” came to the event with specific strategies in mind, prepared to negotiate and trade their way toward improving the standard of living within “their country.”

The Summit was sponsored by

Top Middle Income Country team representing Mexico: : Selena Swartzfager, President of the MS Council on Economic Education and CMS students Joshua Williams, Leonardo Dismukes, Tony Lybrand, Anthony McClelland, Ansley Dale and Sylvia Collins in the back (teacher)

the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, Mississippi Geographic Alliance, Delta State University, Entergy of MS, State Farm Insurance and The College Knowledge Project, a higher education initiative of the MS Institutions of Higher Learning funded by the US Department of Education’s College Access Challenge Grant program.

Also, Columbus Middle School students won Top High Income Country representing Japan and Top Middle Income Country representing Mexico.

The council has reached more than 8,000 teachers with professional development and the research-based lessons published by the Council for Economic Education.