This year, the Washington Urban Debate League partnered with the Citi Foundation to hold a series of debates about financial literacy.
Students attended a workshop series where financial professionals from Citibank, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and veteran financial journalists brought the students up to speed on various financial concepts. Students then spent several weeks refining their cases and preparing for the competition, hosted at Washington Latin PCS.
This year, students debated whether working in the gig economy or working for a traditional employer was a stronger choice for young people, a question many will have to answer in the near future as they step forward beyond high school and college.
This year's financial literacy debates were a welcome respite at the end of the year, a fun new topic and lighter format for students to engage with after the regular season ended. The stakes were still high though--thousands of scholarship dollars and a laptop were on the line.
1st Place: Jonathan Collins and Sandra Romualdo (DuVal)
2nd Place: Kamryn Jackson and Kevin Tezi (Bowie)
3rd Place: Mak Aneke and Ernest Ntangu (DuVal)
4th Place: Tim Neal and Henry Madden (Wise)
5th Place: Jackson Lewis and D'Andre Person (Washington Latin)
Johnae Burke (DuVal) won the laptop lottery.
We look forward to expanding this program for the 2019-2020 season!