After hours of trade negotiations and alliances made and lost, the Monroe High School marketing students representing Sierra Leone took home the prize in a recent day-long interactive economic summit providing real-world experiences.
“We’re really trying to reach out beyond our school walls to understand about the world. Washington has such a number of ties with foreign trade in general. It’s important to make our students aware of that,” marketing teacher Darby Vigus explained.
The students used their research to build a display for their country, determine their economic goals, and try to create trade alliances with other countries to achieve the trade goals their country had set.
D’Angelo Jimenez, a senior, was impressed with how much he learned. “In the economic summit, it’s all hands-on. You learn more in just a couple of weeks than you learn in a whole semester of studying,” he said.
The economic summit program, developed by Boise State University, included a five-week period of preparation. Vigus set up the event with the help of the fellow marketing teacher, Steve McKenzie.
Above: Monroe High students Grace Liddiatt (left), representing Ireland, confers with Matison Wichser, representing Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world but the winning team in Monroe High School’s World Trade Summit held recently for students in the school’s marketing classes.