COAL TOWNSHIP - An eighth-grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School is the first coal region recipient of EconomicsPennsylvania's Carolyn G. Fischer Award for Citizenship.

In a brief ceremony Thursday, Selina Albert was notified of her selection by Fritz M. Heinemann, president and CEO of EconomicsPennsylvania. Albert will be among the honorees at the organization's 2014 Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award Luncheon April 10 at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Shamokin Dam.

The Fischer award was established in 2009 to honor and perpetuate the memory of a "remarkable woman who gave unselfishly of her time, energy, talent and resources as a wife, mother, teacher and community volunteer," according to EconomicsPennsylvania. Fischer was a member of the faculty for many years at Lewisburg High School, where she was "an inspirational example of what was good and exciting about learning, and above all, by dint of personality and personal commitment, the epitome of a life grounded in love, perseverance and commitment to the highest standards of integrity and the pursuit of excellence."

Each year, EconomicsPennsylvania recognizes an outstanding student for their academic and community service achievements by presenting the award in her honor.

Albert, a member of the Saint Bernadette Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Lourdes, is active in many community service projects. "She is a committed and dedicated practicing Catholic and a young lady who lives her faith, demonstrates her dedication to the church and its teachings, and who, at a young age, believes in service to others and unselfishly shares of her time and talents for honorable and worthy endeavors," EconomicsPennsylvania reports.

She is involved in SADD, Respect Life and the Girls Action League at Lourdes, participates in the EconomicsPennsylvania-sponsored Stock Market Game and serves on the yearbook staff.

Also, Albert will serve this year as EconomicsPennsylvania's summer intern.

"We believe Selina will be an outstanding intern and an asset to our summer program," Heinemann said. "She is a young woman of unusual charm, poise and maturity."

Albert is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Albert, of Shamokin. Her sister, Alessandra, also attends Lourdes.

EconomicsPennsylvania, based in Selinsgrove, has as its mission "to ensure that every young person in Pennsylvania understands essential economic and financial literacy concepts, benefits by using economic ways of thinking and problem-solving skills, and has a continuous understanding of the nature and structure of the global economy and its relationship to individual liberty and freedom."