2017 Citi Financial Literacy Debates

The 2017 Citi Financial Literacy Debates

May 19th, 2017 

Teams competing:

  • Gary Comer College Prep
  • Curie High School
  • Kennedy High School
  • Kenwood Academy
  • King College Prep
  • Lindblom Math and Science Academy
  • Noble Academy
  • RTC Medical Prep
  • Solorio Academy



Friday, May 19th, 2017

227 West Monroe St.

2nd Floor, Citi Private Wealth Division


9:00pm – 9:45pm       Registration

9:45am – 10:00am      Opening Assembly

10:00 am – 11:15pm   Public Debate I

11:15am – 12:30pm    Public Debate II

12:30 pm – 1:00pm    Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm       Public Debate III

2:15pm – 3:30pm       Public Debate IV

3:30pm – 4:45pm       Public Debate V

5:00 pm                      Departure


Wednesday, May 24th

Noble Academy

1443 N. Ogden

9:00am – 11am           Final Round

Training Schedule

 All trainings will be held at:

 PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers)

1 N. Upper Wacker Dr.

 Tuesday, May 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

 Introducing the public debate format and the student loan debt topic (with guest content expert from Citi)

 Tuesday May 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

 Case-writing workshop and developing rebuttals (with guest content expert from Citi)

 Tuesday, May 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

 Final review of cases and rebuttals and walk-through practice debates

 Students are required to attend all sessions, unless there’s an absolutely unavoidable conflict. Coaches are required to attend at least 1 of the 3 sessions and are welcome at each.

 There is a $500 coach incentive for participating.


Benefits to participating:

  • A great way to end the season, including Varsity as well as first-year debaters
  • The most relevant topic we’ve had yet, one that many students are already contemplating:

Resolved: Students should attend a community college for the first two years of college rather than taking on loans.

  • Spend a school day in a major corporate headquarters
  • Debate in front of and learn from financial professionals
  • Fun, slower-paced, shorter debate format (a change from policy debate)
  • Scholarships for champion and finalist teams ($1000 each for champions, $500 each for runner-up team)
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