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Essay Contest Press Release 2012
June 19th, 2012

Foundation for Free Enterprise

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For more information please contact:  Kathryn English, President (201) 368-2100

Nicole Kelly, Indian Hills High School Student, Honored by the Foundation for Free Enterprise

The Foundation for Free Enterprise is proud to announce that Nicole Kelly, a student at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, was awarded the B. Franklin Reinauer II Free Enterprise Student Essay Award at the Foundation’s 24th Annual Luncheon.  More than 350 business executives, civic leaders and educators attended the luncheon at The Venetian in Garfield, on June 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., to recognize Ms. Kelly and others for their outstanding representation of the ideals of free enterprise.

Nicole is alum of the Foundation for Free Enterprise’s Summer Business Camp 2011 held at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Each summer, the Foundation holds their business camp which fuses free-market economics and successful business practices into a jam-packed five day residential camp. The days are broken up into lectures which enable the students to learn about the market, free enterprise, marketing, business law, wage, and more. The students then have the chance to create dynamic business plans and present them to experts in the fields of business and economics.

The essay contest was based off of Michael Medved’s 2009 book The 5 Big Lies about American Business, specifically the chapter on the myth that when the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. In her essay, Nicole wrote, “for many, the American dream lives on, and will continue to live on, because of the opportunities that the free enterprise system presents to society even through the hard times.” As winner, Nicole receives a four-year scholarship to Ramapo College in New Jersey.

The Foundation for Free Enterprise is the educational affiliate of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.  Its mission is to provide leadership in furthering the understanding and appreciation of the free market system, by educating young people, and others who will influence the future, concerning free market economics, limited government, individual self-reliance, and the preservation of the entrepreneurial spirit.  This is done through a wide range of activities offered free of charge to teachers and students throughout the academic spectrum.  An extraordinary faculty of college professors and business executives teaches these activities.  In this way students learn essential economic and business theory and immediately apply it to the challenges businessmen and women must successfully meet. The Annual Luncheon enables the Foundation to offer its courses free of charge to students and teachers throughout the region.

For more information concerning the Foundation for Free Enterprise, including educational programs and donation opportunities, contact:  Kathryn English (201)368-2100 or