Each team will create a presentation on a specific topic area of personal finance lasting between three and five minutes. The Mercadien Foundation does not require the presentation to be in any specific format, but encourages creative and innovative use of the team-selected presentation media.
Presentation styles may include everything from multimedia or video presentations to stand-up comedy routines, songs, science-fair-styled presentations and others. The key to a successful presentation; connecting the audience and judging panel to the team’s selected topic area and providing a concrete and insightful lesson in a creative manner that shows the team understands the selected topic area.
Participating teams must bring all visual aids to the event briefing. Only appropriate and approved visual aids may be used during the presentation.
Each team must select one of the following topic areas from which to base their presentation. These topics are to be used as general guidelines for your presentation, but do not necessarily describe all aspects of the specified topic area.
Additional research, outside your educational coursework, into these topic areas may need to take place in order to fully understand the selected topic area. Creativity and performance make up 40% of the assessment criteria. The examples given may be used as a starting point, but assessment scores may benefit from creative interpretation of the topic areas.
- Credit Cards and Debt
- Career and Earnings
- Taxes and Inflation
- Identity Theft
Download the Topic Areas Worksheet
to assist your team in digging deeper into these topic areas.
Presentations are the property of the student teams. You agree to permit The Mercadien Foundation and Rider University to utilize and share the presentations, including any parts and any other documents or corroborating materials (in any form or medium) submitted to supplement the original presentation, with third parties as it deems appropriate in their respective sole discretion.
By participating in the competition, the competitors agree to have their photos taken and used publicly and to have their names and images used publicly with respect to the competition. All participants and parents/guardians are required to sign a release form for use of images and materials presented in the competition.
Academic integrity is a fundamental value of The Mercadien Foundation and the presentation. We expect the full presentation and all materials submitted to the competition to be your own work. If you are using text or images from someone else, you are expected to ensure that all facts, techniques, images, and information (including the Internet) are properly cited. It is not sufficient to simply modify the words of an original source. If you have used the essential idea, you must properly cite the source.
The integrity of the project is the responsibility of the student team and sending organization. Violations of academic integrity will result in disqualification.
Participants will demonstrate knowledge and skills developed to address the components of the project as described in the content and evaluation forms. Participants will also develop skills defined in the New Jersey Department of Education 21st Century Life Skills Curriculum, including:
- Communication and Collaboration
- Initiative and Self-direction
- Leadership and Responsibility
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Creativity and Innovation
- Productivity and Accountability