Utah Student Places 7th in National Essay Contest

Booyah: Utah Student Places Seventh Nationally
in Stock Market Essay Competition

SALT LAKE CITY – The results are in. Afras Sial, a student at Skyline High School is the Utah first place winner and national seventh place winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® student essay competition. Sial is a student in the Financial Literacy course taught by Syd Lott.

As a culminating activity for the country’s 600,000 annual Stock Market Game™ participants, InvestWrite® challenges 4th-12th graders to analyze an investment scenario and write an essay offering investment advice. Students consider real-world economic events and trends, conduct research online, develop investment recommendations and, in the process, gain the skills to prepare for their own financial future. 20,000 students each year across the nation take the InvestWrite challenge.

The Fall 2012 winning InvestWrite essay composed by Sial was chosen through rigorous judging by thousands of industry professionals who evaluate students’ analysis of asset allocation, the investment potential of various publicly traded stocks, the students’ overall understanding of the stock market, and the manner in which they express their investment ideas in essay form.

“InvestWrite and the Stock Market Game™ program require students to monitor daily global market activity and economic factors that drive investments to determine the short and long-term growth potential of industries, companies, asset classes and specific stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.” said Melanie Mortimer, Executive Director of the SIFMA Foundation “They are then asked to make sophisticated, thoughtful recommendations that reflect what is expected of college and career-ready students.”

The Stock Market Game™ and InvestWrite are offered in Utah Schools, Grades 4-12. The national sponsor is the SIFMA Foundation (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) and Utah sponsors include the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Division of Securities, and Fidelity Investments. For information about the program, go to www.stockmarketgame.org .

Utah State Level  InvestWrite® Winners

Grades 4-5

1st  Place     C’enna Lloyd

                     Crestview Elementary

                     David Hardy, Advisor

                     Davis School District

2nd  Place   Jasmine L. Liechti

                    Crestview Elementary

                     Davis School District

3rd Place      Heidi Duran

                    Crestview Elementary 

                     Davis School District

                                                        

Grades 6-8

1st  Place      Dylan Beck

                      Ranches Academy

                      Lisa Fenn, Advisor

2nd  Place    Rachel Thorpe

                     Olympus Jr. High

                     Jane Nate, Advisor

                     Granite School District

3rd  Place     Tyson Parco

                     Ranches Academy

                      Lisa Fenn, Advisor

 

Grade 9-12

1st  Place     Afras Sial

                     Skyline High School

                     Syd Lott, Advisor

                     Granite School District

2nd  Place   Cassidy Hoff

                     Skyline High School

                     Granite School District

3rd  Place     Emily Tribble

                     Skyline High School

                     Granite School District

 

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