Austin Chapter Past President and Superstar Volunteer Nancy Foss files this report.
The 2nd annual Jr. Duel in the Capital City competition was held Saturday, March 1, at the Frank Fickett Training and Service Center. Four teams representing Akins High School (Austin), Cedar Ridge High School (Round Rock), Faith Academy (Marble Falls) and Georgetown High School (Georgetown) made presentations as finalists. Diana Sullivan, CPA, Austin CPA Chapter Past President, and Olivia Riley, CPA, Austin CPA Chapter Treasurer-elect, together with Robert Finch, Vice President and Director of Austin Operations for Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU), and Ken Givens, Regional Manager for U.S. Merchant Payment Solutions, served as judges for the competition.
For most students this event was their first adventure in public speaking. Following the presentations, students, parents, teachers and guests enjoyed lunch and anxiously waited as the judges deliberated. During lunch Michelle Herrera, RBFCU, provided the attendees with useful information regarding Identify Theft Prevention. Teachers Lisa Shaw of Akins High School, Sara Parriott of Cedar Ridge High School, David Debo of Faith Academy and Claire LaCombe of Georgetown High School were recognized for their participation in this financial literacy program. Event emcees Kara Hamann, CPA, and JT Genter, CPA, had the honor of announcing the following competition winners:
• 1st Place: Georgetown High School
• 2nd Place: Faith Academy
• Finalists: Akins High School and Cedar Ridge High School
The judges selected Robert Soto-Soria from Akins High School and Josh Debo from Faith Academy as the recipients of the Presentation Excellence Award. This individual award aims to acknowledge a student who demonstrates strong oral presentation skills and to encourage his/her talent in this area.
This competition was the culmination of many months of training, planning and preparation by Austin CPA Chapter members and RBFCU employees. The Jr. Duel in the Capital City is a joint endeavor of both organizations to teach financial literacy to high school students and to offer a competition to demonstrate their personal finance knowledge. All students participating in the event completed training in the High School Financial Planning Program developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). NEFE provides training materials to students, teachers and instructors at no charge.
Special thanks to the Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council (BSACAC) for their generosity in providing their spacious facility for our competition. Diana Sullivan, CPA, BSACAC Controller, has been a driving force in the financial literacy programs offered by the Austin CPA Chapter.
Thank you to Michelle Herrera and James Santos from RBFCU for joining us on Saturday. The 2014 Jr. Duel in the Capital City competition was made possible with the financial support provided by RBFCU. On Saturday RBFCU affirmed their commitment to this endeavor by presenting a $2,000 contribution for next year’s competition.
Kudos to Jr. Duel Committee members Kara Hamann, CPA, JT Genter, CPA, Nancy Foss, CPA, Diane Joiner, Jan Keeling, CPA, Diana Sullivan, CPA, Elizabeth Ponder, CPA, Tony Ross, CPA and Robert Ely, CPA. Your hard work and patience on Saturday enabled all the attendees to enjoy a wonderful event. The success of our financial literacy program is due to the support and efforts of all Jr. Duel Committee members.