St. Louis Fed Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Student Board of Directors

August 16, 2021

ST. LOUIS — The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Student Board of Directors with its largest and most diverse board yet.

For the 2021-2022 school year, 28 high school seniors from across the greater St. Louis area have been selected to serve on the student board through a competitive application process, which includes an essay and letters of recommendation. Students meet monthly and gain a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy and learn about its unique partnerships with banks, businesses and the community.

The 2021-2022 St. Louis Fed student board members are:

  • Junnie Bae, Metro Academic and Classical High School
  • Rachel Byerly, Lindbergh High School
  • Donovan Denham, Parkway West High School
  • Nicholas Divis, Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • Diana Espinoza, McCluer High School
  • Ella Funke, Cor Jesu Academy
  • Heidi Gaertner, St. Joseph’s Academy
  • Jack Garritano, John Burroughs School
  • Abby Gayfield, Rockwood Summit High School
  • Michaela Gindler, Oakville High School
  • Chad Gray Jr., Metro East Lutheran High School
  • Ansley Hails, Lafayette High School
  • Adin Hammond, Fox Senior High School
  • Alve Harrold, Soldan International Studies High School
  • Pavan Kolluru, Francis Howell North
  • Andrew Kuznetsov, MICDS
  • Nicolas Lionelli, De Smet Jesuit High School
  • Gabriela Madriz, Clayton High School
  • Nicholas McClintock, Edwardsville High School
  • Suryansh Mishra, Parkway North High School
  • Elise Moore, Belleville Township High School West
  • Jorie Myers, Marquette High School
  • Mary Nem, Rosati-Kain High School
  • Chelsea Nott, Collinsville High School
  • Nora Pryor, Timberland High School
  • Henry Reinwart, Christian Brothers College High School
  • Jack Schnepel, Waterloo High School
  • Ryan Silver, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

“We’re delighted to welcome this outstanding group of teenagers as we commemorate the founding of the St. Louis Fed’s Student Board 10 years ago. We’ve seen our alumni go on to accomplish much, including two who have become St. Louis Fed employees,” said Mary Suiter, assistant vice president and economic education officer at the St. Louis Fed.

Over the last decade, 82% of former student board members have launched careers in banking, finance or related industries. Two-thirds of board alumnae are women and/or minorities who have pursued banking, finance or related careers, a St. Louis Fed survey finds.

“One of the goals of attracting students to serve on our board is to encourage them to enter careers in economics and banking or finance,” Suiter said. “We want to boost the number of women and minorities in these professions, particularly economics, so that they can bring their diverse views and interests to influence their industries.”

For more information, see the St. Louis Fed's student board of directors webpage.

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