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Dec. 4 Economic Summit Draws 500 High School Students

By: ralphpoore   Published 10:44 am / December 4, 2013

Economic summitMore than 500 students from 15 high schools are participating in the Idaho Council on Economic Education’s innovative global education program in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., today.

The Idaho Council’s International Economic Summit features student teams representing 101 countries that must apply economics in a realistic global competition. The program teaches students the challenges of working and competing in today’s complex global economy.

The Idaho Council is hosted jointly at Boise State University by the College of Business and Economics and the College of Education. The Foxboro event is being presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education, New England Patriots Association, Challenger Foundation, Columbia Management and Banco Santander.

Gillette Stadium is the home of the New England Patriots professional football team. This is the fourth year the summit program has been presented in the New England states. The first year it was held at Bridgewater State University, then at Harvard University and then at Gillette Stadium.

College of Education Dean Diane Boothe, who also is a member of the board of directors of the Idaho Council, is attending the New England summit to strengthen the relationships among Boise State, the summit program and the New England-based sponsors of the program.

She and Leon Maynard, executive director of the Idaho Council, are meeting with East Coast foundations, financial institutions and other potential sponsors in an effort to expand the summit program nationally and internationally. Currently the summit program reaches 30,000 high school students each year in 12 states, including Idaho, and in China and Mexico.

You can learn more about the International Economic Summit from a video about the 2012 event, on the New England summit website or on Facebook. You also can contact Maynard at 426-1910 or leonmaynard@boisestate.edu.

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