2013 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Nicoletta Economy

Wyandotte High School, 1955Niki Economy

Education has been Niki Economy's life. As a student, a teacher and an education administrator, her passion for learning and teaching always shined. Looking back today, she is proud of her legacy.

Economy was a teacher and role model to hundreds of students in the 1960s and 1970s at Northwest Junior High School and Wyandotte High School. She taught English and journalism. She was able to draw out the finest talents from students who didn't know they had such abilities.

Many can still recite her guiding principles that she had written on her classroom blackboard. They included, "If all else fails, follow directions," and "A deadline is a deadline is a deadline." These were actually principles that she learned from her own journalism teacher while she was a student at Wyandotte.

For 10 consecutive years, her students medaled in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards competition. For her excellence in journalism teaching, she was honored with the Gold Key Award from Columbia Press. And she was inducted into the first Kansas Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame.

Economy's love for teaching grew from the examples set by her teachers. She had such a wonderful educational experience growing up in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools that she knew there was no question that she was going to come back to the district after college to teach.

Over the years, she has been invited to numerous reunions held by her students. And she has received phone calls from them as well, thanking her for the impact she had on their lives.

She had a 30-year career in education and feels honored to have touched so many lives.

"If I have made an impact on students, then that is my greatest accomplishment," she said.