InvestWrite

 

InvestWrite is a national writing competition that enhances the Stock Market Game™ Program by adding language arts and critical thinking skills to this already successful learning experience

You don’t have to introduce new curriculum. It takes a few minutes to explain to your class and they’re off to the races.

InvestWrite is a great opportunity to integrate Stock Market Game™ Program knowledge into other curriculum areas, while asking your students to think as individuals. It is also a great opportunity for you and your students to great win prizes

Former 1st Place National InvestWrite winners visiting the New York Stock Exchange.

InvestWrite is designed especially for Stock Market Game™ teachers and supported by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education. State and national winners are recognized and receive award. We are proud of the many Texas students and teachers have won top national awards.

To learn more about InvestWrite and those great prizes visit the website soon!

www.investwrite.info

 

InvestWriteis a national writing competition that enhances the Stock Market Game™ Program by adding language arts and critical thinking skills to this already successful learning experience

You don’t have to introduce new curriculum. It takes a few minutes to explain to your class and they’re off to the races.

InvestWrite is a great opportunity to integrate Stock Market Game™ Program knowledge into other curriculum areas, while asking your students to think as individuals. It is also a great opportunity for you and your students to great win prizes

InvestWrite is designed especially for Stock Market Game™ teachers and supported by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education. State and national winners are recognized and receive award. We are proud of the many Texas students and teachers have won top national awards.

To learn more about InvestWrite and those great prizes visit the website soon!

www.investwrite.info

Great awards, a unique learning experience, and almost no additional work for you.

Congratulations to 3 area students and their teachers for capturing the top awards for their oustanding essays submitted to the InvestWrite essay  competition. Cash awards were presented to the winners.

Grade 4 – 5 Division
1st Place State : Stewart Creek Elementary, Montgomery ISD
Teachers: Linda Ward and Ivy Scharlach
Grade 6-8 Division
1st Place State & 7th in the Nation: Griffin Middle School, Frisco ISD
Teachers:  Justin Vawter and Tara Kuruvilla 

 High School Division
1st Place State: Socorro High School, Socorro ISD
Teachers: Felipe Rosales and Selena Delgado

The InvestWrite competition is offered nationally by the SIFMA Foundation  to students participating in the Stock Market Game each semester.  It is sponsored in Texas by Southwest Securities and the Texas Council on Economic Education.

InvestWrite is a highly successful extension of the Stock Market game program designed to help students sharpen critical thinking skills as they compose essays on investment related topics. The program builds a bridge between classroom learning and potential real-world investment decisions. Students are provided a topic and an investment scenario, which requires them to assess, research, and then formulate possible solutions based on their own findings, logic and ideas.

For more information visit the Texas Stock Market Game and InvestWrite

The Texas Council on Economic Education and Southwest Securities  Congratulate the Fall State Winners of the InvestWrite Essay Competition

Texas students win distinction  and receive awards in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial:

  • Grades 4 & 5 Mollie Chumley  with teacher Terri Threadgill, THEO, Dallas
  • Grades 6-8   Sneha Mokkala with  teacher Janie Dostal, The Galloway School, Houston
  • Grade 9-12 Kimberlyn Rybak  with teacher Felipe Rosales,  Socorro High School , El Paso
Grade 4 and 5 Winner: Sneha Mokkala and teacher Ms. Janie Dostal from the Galloway School

Grade 4 and 5 Winner:
Sneha Mokkala and teacher Ms. Janie Dostal from the Galloway School

InvestWrite challenges 4th – 12th graders to analyze investments and recommend how to create a plan for the future by setting financial goals.

InvestWrite is open to all students registered in the Stock Market Game. For more information go to www.investWrite.info or contact smg@economicstexas.org

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SMG Participants from the Galloway School

It takes years to build up the financial savvy to navigate the markets. But the students listed above are decades ahead of the game. They just won distinction as the top Texas winners in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial.

Socorro High School Student

 

InvestWrite invites students to develop the personal financial savvy needed to make real-world financial decisions with confidence and a deeper understanding of opportunities, consequences, and benefits. 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. They work in groups during the Stock Market Game program but then write essays individually about their experience.


SIFMA Foundation and McGraw Hill Financial Announce National Winner of InvestWrite® Competition

  • Conny Cai of Andrews Elementary School, Plano, TX, wins national distinction in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial.
  •  InvestWrite, made possible in 2013 and 2014 by McGraw Hill Financial, and delivered in Texas by the Texas Council on Economic Education, challenges 4th – 12th graders to analyze investments and recommend portfolio allocations targeting financial goals.
  • Conny Cai is among 20,000 students nationwide who take the InvestWrite challenge each year, developing the personal financial savvy needed to make real-world financial decisions.
  • Cai and teacher Amy Moore will be recognized at an event at Andrews Elementary in Plano, TX on June 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM CT.
3rd Place National winner

UNT Center Director Steve Cobb with Andrews Elementary Student Connnie Cai, teacher Amy Moore and Connie’s mother.


Other InvestWrite winners include:

9th Place National and top state winner in the high school division
Teacher Michael Clark
Stident winner Amanda Shang
Bellaire High School
Houston ISD
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State winner Middle School division
Teacher Robin Zaruba
Student Jaden Reid
Crownover MS
Denton ISD

SIFMA Foundation and McGraw Hill Financial Announce National Winner of InvestWrite® Competition

Plano, TX, June 6, 2014 – It takes years to build up the financial savvy to navigate the markets. But Conny Cai is decades ahead of the game. She just won distinction as the third place national winner in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. Cai, a fifth grader at Andrews Elementary School, Plano, TX claims this recognition in the elementary school division in the Spring 2014 competition.

The SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition, launched in 2004 is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The program, made possible in 2013 and 2014 by McGraw Hill Financial, and delivered in Texas by the Texas Council on Economic Education, challenges 4th – 12th grade students to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations targeting short- and long-term financial goals. The competition serves as a culminating activity for nearly 600,000 students nationwide who compete in The Stock Market Game™ program each year.

InvestWrite invites students to develop the personal financial savvy needed to make real-world financial decisions with confidence and a deeper understanding of opportunities, consequences, and benefits. 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. They work in groups during the Stock Market Game program but then write essays individually about their experience. Cai is one of 20,000 students across the nation who take the InvestWrite challenge each year. Winning InvestWrite essays are chosen through rigorous judging by thousands of teachers and industry professionals who evaluate students’ understanding of asset allocation, the stock market, and factors that drive investments as well as their expression of investment ideas in essay form.

In her essay Cai discussed the long history of The Hershey Company and used that as a basis for determining that Hershey stock is a good long term investment. She presented the company’s strategies for boosting sales over the next three years and concluded “This company’s ability to stay up-to-date while remaining loyal to its history will keep other candy companies from becoming bigger than Hershey. In 10 years, I will be attending college and, I am certain, still snacking on a Hershey’s candy bar.”

 

“Teaching students at a very young age the basics of finance and the stock market is essential to their broad education and to being well-informed investors later in life,” said Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McGraw Hill Financial.  “As financial markets become more complex and more global, investors of all ages can benefit from learning how to save, spend and earn money wisely—what we call ‘financial essentials.’ We are delighted to support the SIFMA Foundation and congratulate Connyon this achievement.”

 

“SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game and InvestWrite are transformative programs that prepare students like Conny Cai for college, career and life while teaching them about the capital markets,” said Melanie Mortimer, Executive Director of the SIFMA Foundation. “Our students do measurably better on math, economics and personal finance tests. They also learn to work in teams, manage change, monitor and analyze the impact of global business and economic activity, and become smart consumers. We are proud to partner with McGraw Hill Financial and the Texas Council on Economic Education and applaud their shared commitment to providing young people a better understanding of the capital markets and a better future.”

The SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition bridges classroom learning in mathematics, social studies, language arts, business and economics with the practical research and knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning. Students are, in fact, building on what they have learned through their participation in the Stock Market Game, which has reached more than 15 million students since its inception in 1977.

An independent study by Learning Point Associates found that students who participated in the Stock Market Game scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests than their peers who did not participate. They also found that teachers who taught the Stock Market Game reported that the program motivated them to better plan for their own financial futures. The Stock Market Game has been named the only program that successfully increased scores on the Jumpstart Coalition’s test of high school students’ financial literacy.

Conny plays the violin and enjoys reading and playing volleyball. She also paints and is involved in student government.

Cai and teacher Amy Moore will be recognized at an event at Andrews Elementary in Plano, TX on June 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM CT. Further information can be found at www.investwrite.org.

See the Complete Pess Release and Connie’s Essay