State Journal highlights Dantzler’s work coaching winning high school team in national financial literacy contest

A recent Wisconsin State Journal article highlighted the work of UW–Madison’s Donald Dantzler advising a team of high school students from 100 Black Men of Madison who won a national financial literacy contest.

Donald Dantzler

Dantzler is a member of the education committee for 100 Black Men of Madison and a research and survey specialist in the Research and Program Evaluation Office in the Madison Metropolitan School District. He is also working toward his doctorate from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The team won the national title in 2020’s virtual Dollars and $ense Youth Investment Competition, established by 100 Black Men of American and State Farm Insurance. The team was the first ever supported by 100 Black Men of Madison to win this national competition.

Though 100 Black Men has students enter the competition every year, this was Dantzler’s first year of coaching.

“I can’t take credit,” Dantzler said. “The young ladies worked very hard … They had a full day of school and they were still able to log onto Zoom in the evening to focus on the competition.”

The team members, however, noted Dantzler as a stabilizing force.

“He was sort of in it with us,” said Angela Abongwa, a senior at Verona High School and one of the winning team members. “He was able to calm us down and make sure we were positive throughout the competition and also made sure we knew what we were doing.”

Check out the full article at to learn more about the team’s accomplishment and Dantzler’s work with them, here.