Mount Mary team among top 10 in national competition to raise awareness of U.S. federal debt

A group of Mount Mary students gained national recognition in a contest designed to inform and engage fellow college students on the impact of federal debt. 

Mount Mary's 2021-22 Up to Us team was among the top 10 teams nationally in a campus competition. The team, including team captain Giselle Martin Gomez, Mary Parlier and Shawna Butler and advisor Nan Metzger, held multiple events to educate fellow students about the impact of America's $30 trillion and rising national debt.

Their on-campus activities included events and social media promotions, including a TikTok video.

Additionally, team member Mary Parlier was able to take advantage of a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., in June, financed by the contest’s sponsoring organization, Up to Us/Net Impact.

The finalists and winners of the 2021-2022 Campus Competition were chosen by independent judges based on their ability to connect with their peers, use of creative strategies, social media efforts, and overall impact of their campaigns. This is the second year Mount Mary has placed in the top 10.

"This is a considerable feat for a school as small as us competing against much larger public schools," Metzger said.

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