Thirteen-year-old Jade Thomas, an 8th grader from Indianapolis’ St. Richard’s Episcopal School
and 17-year-old Zhengdong Wang, a senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona will
both attend the final Presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada as winners of PBS Education’s
’50 for 50’ contest. Contestants wrote open letters with ideas on how to improve the
effectiveness of government.
Our winners approached the contest in their own unique ways: Jade made an empassioned appeal
for more policies to support single mothers—which she believes will help close the wage gap—and
Zhengdong joined a chorus of historical figures and others in calling for more constructive
To follow their debate experience, or if your students have questions for Jade or Zhengdong,
please tweet using the hashtag #PBSEdu on the night of the last debate—Wednesday, October 19.
We also want to offer our congratulations to Jade’s teacher Andrea Neal, and Zhengdong’s
teacher, Jacob Harvey.