The Leys School, Cambridge pupil Tife received a top prize in a financial journalism competition for her article on cashless society

The Leys School Year 10 pupil Tife Y won The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) and the Financial Times (FT) Young Financial Journalist competition in the 14-15 category with her article on the theme of the cashless society.

The LIBF competition, run in partnership with the FT and its Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign (FLIC), is open to pupils aged 14 to 19 and invites them to submit articles on set questions. For this competition, topics included financial tactics to cope with the cost of living, what young people can do to avoid falling victim to scams, and how financial institutions help to tackle climate change.

“The topic posed an interest to me and I wanted to learn more about where society was moving ahead and whether a cashless society is something that will happen, so I thought it would be a fun thing to research,” says Tife.

The panel of judges included Money and Wealth Editor at the FT Stefan Wagstyl, Maths teacher, author and broadcaster Bobby Seagull, and Managing Director of Financial Education and Community Outreach at LIBF Catherine Winter. She says: “Reading these articles, it is evident that so many young people are passionate about finance and the future of the industry”.

The panel of judges commended Tife’s cashless society piece for “strong arguments, punchy prose, excellent data and notes”.

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