UAFS Places in Top 10 in Up to Us Competition

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A team University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students earned national recognition by going head-to-head against top schools from across the U.S. in order to raise awareness about the country's national debt.

The following students led a campaign across campus to bring awareness of the national debt to their fellow students:

  • Graduate Kayley Corley of Booneville
  • Alex Ellis of Gentry
  • AnnMarie McCollum of Mulberry
  • Andrew Pearcy of Greenwood
  • Taylor Wewers of Fort Smith


The effort was rewarded by the school placing in the top 10 of 75 competing universities and colleges.

“The national debt has implications across the board. If we don’t fix it, it’s going to come down to our nation choosing between paying interest payments or providing funds to support veterans or homeland security,” Corley said. “If we don’t start working on it now, we’re going to have to make those decisions.”

For placing as a top school, McCollum got to represent UAFS at a fiscal summit in Washington, D.C. It was sponsored by the Petersen G. Petersen Foundation, a sponsor of the Up to Us competition.


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