Chicago Public Schools Students to Debate Attending a 2-year or 4-year College in Chicago Debates Financial Literacy Tournament

This evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., three Chicago Public Schools students from Kenwood Academy High School  and Hancock College Prep will virtually participate in the Citi Chicago Debates Financial Literacy Tournament. Kenwood’s Samuel Libenson and Hancock’s Marco Avila and Alejandro Flores will debate the question: 

If a student has sole responsibility for the cost of their college education,  is it a better financial decision to begin their college education at a 2- year college or to begin their college education at a 4-year college?

On October 23, teams from Solorio and Lindblom also participated in the debate along with Hancock and Kenwood in a series of rounds exploring that financial question.  To prepare, students attended virtual after-school meetings every week in October to learn financial literacy concepts.  From there, each school team developed two cases: one to support the two-year decision, another to support the four-year decision.  In the October tournament, students took turns presenting their cases and cross examining their competitors.

Out of the twenty or so debaters, Kenwood’s Libenson took first place as a solo debater; Hancock’s Avila and Flores took second as a team.

Hancock debaters also took three of the top five speaker awards.

At this evening’s debate–using well-researched information–Kenwood will argue for the two-year option; Hancock will argue for the four-year option.

The debate will be live streamed on the Chicago Debates YouTube channel.

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