Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today extended his congratulations to Loren Willson of Sumner High School for being selected by a distinguished panel of judges as a Semi-Finalist in the 2003 National Council on Economic Education/Nasdaq National Teaching Awards competition.  These awards are given to high school teachers for excellence and innovation in incorporating economic education into any subject area.

“Knowledge of fundamental economics and finance has never been more important than in today’s complex world economy,” Smith remarked.  “This award recognizes Loren Willson’s originality, creativity and effectiveness in the teaching of economics and finance, and both she and Sumner High School should take considerable pride in this accomplishment.” 

Created through a grant of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation to NCEE, the NCEE/Nasdaq National Teaching Awards are among the largest in the field of education.  Each year, the Grand National Award Winner, chosen from among five regional winners receives cash awards totaling $25,000.  The four remaining Regional Winners receive $10,000 each, while 20 Regional Semi-Finalists receive individual awards of $1,000.  The winners were chosen from among applications submitted by teachers in more than 40 states.

NCEE is a non-profit organization that for more than 50 years has been helping students in grades Kindergarten through 12 develop economic ways of thinking and problem solving to prepare them to function effectively in the global economy.  Through a nationwide network of State Councils and 250 university-based Centers for Economic Education, NCEE administers programs that each year reach approximately 120,000 teachers and over 7 million students in more than 70,000 schools.