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St. Louis Fed Announces 2017-2018 Student Board of Directors


ST. LOUIS ‑‑ The Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis proudly announces the 2017-2018 members of its student board of directors:

Clare Berns, Cor Jesu Academy

Sophie Bernstein, Clayton High School

Joscelyn Brown, McCluer North High School

Alex Cobin, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Daniella Duban, Rosati-Kain High School

Ben Erickson, Heritage Classical Christian Academy

Venise Govan, Collinsville High School

Devin Haas, Marquette High School   

William Howlett, John Burroughs School

Keylana Jenkins, McCluer High School

Caitlin Lloyd, O’Fallon Township High School

Elizabeth Nelson, Dupo High School

Ngone Seck, Riverview Gardens High School

Diamond Smith, McCluer South-Berkeley High School

Teddy Washington, St. Louis University High School

Furat Wdaa, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy High School

High school seniors from across the greater St. Louis area are selected based on a rigorous application process, which includes an essay and letters of recommendation. On the board, students gain a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy and experience its unique partnerships with banks, businesses and the community.

Mary Suiter, assistant vice president and economic education officer at the St. Louis Fed, explained more about the board: “The students learn what the Fed is, they learn about careers at the Fed, and they develop soft skills that help prepare them for college and careers.

“The Fed benefits from this program as these students become ambassadors for the Fed and economic education at their schools,” Suiter continued. “Some of these students go on to become interns at the Fed, with the hope of having a career at the Fed. Many of them decide on careers in business, economics, and finance.”

The first meeting will be July 21, 2017, at the St. Louis Fed. Students will meet monthly for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, visit the student board of directors page on

Listen to members of the 2016-2017 student board of directors talk about their experiences at the St. Louis Fed. This video originally appeared in the essay For Better or Worse, Your Decisions Matter, from our 2016 annual report.