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GHS senior takes a bite out of the “Big Apple”

Submitted on: April 18, 2016


Greenwood High School senior Kenmoneisha Cockrell got a taste of the "Big Apple" after being selected to participate in a banking and financial panel discussion in New York City April 5-7.


Kenmoneisha and three other students representing Massachusetts, Florida and Illinois, met with bankers and accountants from across the country as part of EverFi, a financial literacy program.


According to GHS economics teacher Larry McCluney, EverFi is an economics hands-on approach program that allows students to work online to complete 10 interactive lessons. Students are scored after each lesson is complete. McCluney said GHS has participated in the free software program, sponsored by Regions Bank, since the program’s inception about eight years ago. He said a Regions representative asked him to recommend one of his top-notched students to participate in the panel discussion which was held at the NASDAQ Stock Market headquarters in Times Square. The all-expense paid trip was courtesy of Regions Bank.


"Kenmoneisha was selected to represent GHS because of her high test scores and because of her interests in economics," McCluney said. "Assistant Principal Dr. Kenneth Pulley and I interviewed several students in the class that had performed well on the tests, and she was the student we decided would represent our school. I believed that she would appreciate the exposure."


Accompanying Kenmoneisha to New York was her father Kenneth Cockrell. The Cockrells met the first day of the trip with the other students and their families, and over the course of the next few days, the guests went on a guided tour of the city, including the Empire State Building and the NASDAQ Stock Market headquarters in Times Square where the students met with the bankers and accountants.


The one landmark that Kenmoneisha said she regretted not visiting was the Statute of Liberty. “We just ran out of time,” she said. “Hopefully, when I come back again with my family, we will visit it.”


During the meeting with the financial panel, the students talked about what they had learned in their economics class and what they took away from the online program. The bankers and accountants asked the student to continue to share their knowledge about economics and the financial industry. “They asked us to be ambassadors for Everfi and to continue to tell students about it. They want to keep it going so that people can learn how banking and finance work,” Kenmoneisha said.


Kenmoneisha, who is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and band and has been selected as a Greenwood Rotary Student of the Month, said she came away from the meeting with an even more focused outlook. “I learned that anything is possible. I didn’t know that taking that class would get me to New York,” she said. “I’ve learned to take everything seriously. The bankers said I had good communication skills and that I have potential. They said to give them a call if I ever want a job in the financial industry.”

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