Two UNCG students, Kelly Langston and Katie Wachtel, are in the running for a $50,000 prize based on their innovative idea for helping students, as mentioned in an article in the Student Notebook Section of the News & Record.

Langston and Wachtel beat out teams of college students from schools across the state for a chance to win the money from the SECU Emerging Issues Prize For Innovation. Four $50,000 prizes will be awarded — in education, health, the natural and built environments, and economy — as they relate to improving the teacher experience and North Carolina’s education systems.

The UNCG team developed a tool and planning instrument online called “Parental Involvement,” which works to empower schools to develop meaningful partnerships with parents of children from kindergarten to high school.

Online votes will decide the winner. Support your favorite team by voting Jan. 20-26 at

The winning team will be announced at the annual Emerging Issues Forum, Feb. 10-11, in Raleigh.

To learn more about the finalists, their ideas and the Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate, visit

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