Aug 19, 2020
NGPF Fellows

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2019-2020, Edition 16

Each year, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance class during the school year. We're showcasing new winners each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday here on the blog throughout the summer.


Students are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Student has taken a personal finance class in the 2019-2020 school year that was taught by the NGPF Fellow who nominated them
  • Student demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on participation/academic excellence/passion for the subject matter


Congratulations this Thursday go to:

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Student: Aidan Evans

Teacher: Tony Montgomery

School: City as School High School (NYC, NY)

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“I am someone who likes to feel that the future is in hand. With this class, I learned how to turn what was previously just another stressor into something that is very meaningful. On one of my first days in Tony’s classroom, I borrowed a book by the name of The Intelligent Investor. More than a year later, I have now amassed over $10,000 in investments and savings thanks to intelligent personal finance and investment decisions which I learned here. Investing in particular will likely be a part of my life forever, and in the future I think I can help manage and teach it to others. I have always wanted to be able to live my life in a way which is collected and secured. I am proud to say it is now a reality, and I will be attending college in the fall where I look to build on what I have learned here. Thank you to the program, and in particular my teacher, for helping me create things that have real meaning and value to myself.”

-Aidan Evans


About the Author

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her soon-to-be 7 nieces and nephews!

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