Erica Cottingham hasn’t decided on where she wants to go to college. Nor has she decided what her major will be when she gets there. One thing Erica does know: the complicated principles of economics.
Erica is a member of the Carroll Senior High School Class of 2012 and she is one of a handful of Juniors this year who enrolled in dual credit courses at Tarrant County College. Recently, her economics professor submitted a paper Erica wrote to a nationwide contest that examines economic theories and policies. Erica’s paper was pitted against other submissions from students of various universities and colleges nationwide. Her essay was selected as one of the twelve best in the country.
The contest is sponsored by Pearson Education, Inc. The company publishes college level economic textbooks. Pearson created the National Economics Insider Symposium Contest to give college professors the opportunity to showcase unique economic thinking strategies created by their students. Typically, contest finalists are full time college or graduate students. Erica may be the first high school student to be named one of the twelve finalists. Her paper on health care reform caught the eye of the judges and now she’s preparing for a trip to Washington D.C. to discuss her thoughts with policy makers and economic experts. Erica says she’s looking forward to the trip but a little nervous about speaking to a crowd of economic insiders.
Erica is also a member of Carroll ISD’s inaugural Communications, Sports Marketing and Information Internship. As Secretary/ Historian, Erica plays an active role in the internship. She has volunteered her time and talents to numerous school events like, videography during varsity football games, reporting and conducting interviews featuring campus activities, as well as participating in the Armed Forces Bowl held at SMU, Southlake Green Day and Southlake Relay for Life.