Leavey Awards celebrated in Washington DC 

December 2-3, 2016


The 39th Annual Leavey Awards were presented in Washington DC on December 2-3, 2016  Freedoms Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation honored 7 free enterprise education programs and their 12 coordinating teachers.  This marked the second year that the Leavey Awards partnered with the National Council for the Social Studies at its Annual Conference.  Leavey Recipients were able to network at the conference as well as present their projects to their fellow educators during two open sessions. 

The weekend was highlighted with a formal reception honoring the recipients with fine food, music and a stellar view of the Capitol.  The awards were officially presented at this event by Freedoms Foundation President, Michael Di Yeso and Leavey Trustee, John McCarthy.  The following day the recipients were recognized this time in front of their peers at a luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Katlyn Grasso, Founder and CEO of GenHeration.  Katlyn is a young entrepreneur and advocate for teaching girls how to be leaders in business and in life. 

Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education

The Class of 2016




Mrs. Ashley Anglin, Mrs. Melanie Arrington, Mrs. Ashley Greenway, Ms. Gina Loveman and Ms. Ashleigh Tatum
“Sugar Kids Beauty" 
Elm Street Elementary School
Rome, Georgia

Mr. Antonio Banos
“Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship”
Eaton High School
Haslet, Texas


Professor Edgar Lopategui and Dr. Freddy Medina
“Everyone Can Be An Entrepreneur”
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Mr. Aaron Phillips
“Community  Outreach Project”
Grayson Elementary School
Waterford, MI

Mrs. Cindy Quinlan
“The Brookwood Entrepreneurship Project”
Brookwood High School
Snellville, Georgia

Mrs. Cynthia Taylor
“Elementary Market”
Academy at Lincoln
Greensboro, North Carolina

Mr. Emanuel Young
“Management in Action”
Parkway West High School
Chesterfield, Missouri