VHS students attend seminar

VHS students attend seminar First Dakota National Bank of Vermillion sponsored four Vermillion High School students, Tressa Olson, Natasha Peton, Leif Nygaard and Jake Jensen, to attend the 38th annual Economics Seminar for Young Adults at the Holiday Inn in Mitchell Oct. 13-14.

First Dakota National Bank of Vermillion paid the expenses for the students to participate in the conference and Janis Schaner was the facilitator of the group.

Attending the two-day conference were over 250 high school students, principals, teachers, and bankers from all parts of the state. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate the interest of young people in building financial security and to give them a greater understanding of our modern money and banking system.

In addition to hearing talks by a number of financial experts, they joined in workshop sessions and discussion on various aspects of money management. The conference was sponsored by the Sought Dakota Bankers Foundation through the South Dakota Bankers Association Education Committee composed of bankers, facilitated the various workshop sessions during the two-day seminar.

The economics seminar included the Birkeland Leadership Lecture Series. The series was created in memory of David S. Birkeland, past president of the South Dakota Bankers Association and president of First Bank of South Dakota, Sioux Falls. He was killed in a plane crash with Gov. George S. Mickelson and six others in April 1993, while serving his community and state.

Thanks to the generosity of the South Dakota Bankers Association, a $25,000 endowment in memory of Birkeland was given to the South Dakota Bankers Foundation. The earnings from the endowment are earmarked to help defray expenses for the lecture series presented at the Annual Economics Seminar for Young Adults.

Dan Clark, Salt Lake City, UT, was this year's lecturer in the Barcelona Leadership Lecture Series.

The South Dakota Bankers Association is a trade association that represents the 107 banks within the state of South Dakota.

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