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10 ABQ students to join Federal Reserve program

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch offers a unique and up-close look at the nations financial system in action. (Source: Denver City Branch )

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch offers a unique and up-close look at the nations financial system in action. (Source: Denver City Branch )

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch has accepted 10 Albuquerque high school students for the 2016-17 Student Board of Directors program.

Alison Felix, Denver Branch executive, vice president and economist

Alison Felix, Denver Branch executive, vice president and economist

The students will learn about the Federal Reserve, the local economy, personal finance, college and career paths, and leadership skills on the seven-month program.

They also will meet regularly with Federal Reserve staff, members of the Board of Directors, and other business and community leaders.

The selected students are: Skyler Faulkner, La Cueva High School; Briana Flores, Volcano Vista High School; Xavier Gutierrez, Valley High School; Shane Hancock, Sandia High School; Amanda Martinez, Sandia High School; Marie Mattern, Valley High School; Noah Rogers, Volcano Vista High School; Aja Sanchez, Valley High School; Abigail Scott, Volcano Vista High School; and Noah Valencia, Eldorado High School.

They were chosen based on class standing, involvement in extracurricular activities, a student essay and a teacher recommendation, organizers said in a news release.

“We are honored to have these students participate in our Student Board of Directors program,” said Alison Felix, Denver Branch executive, vice president and economist, in a statement. “The program is designed to bring together exemplary students from Albuquerque high schools to build upon their understanding of the nation’s central bank and its role in the economy, as well as their role as financially responsible citizens.”

The Kansas City Fed considers this student program part of its public mission and is committed to ensuring its education programs reach underserved populations, including majority-minority high schools, inner city high schools and all girls’ high schools.

The Bank partners with school districts in five cities – Albuquerque, Denver, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Omaha – to provide opportunities for young people with diverse backgrounds through its Student Board of Directors. For more information, visit sbodabq.kcfed.org/.

The Denver Branch is one of three branches of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, which serves the Tenth Federal Reserve District, encompassing the western third of Missouri; Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming; and the northern half of New Mexico.

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