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Fernbrook Elementary Students Receive Essay Recognition

Mar 04, 2018 06:18PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Fernbrook Elementry fifth grader Matthew Cornick reads his essay. (photo provided by BestPrep)

Three Fernbrook Elementary students received recognition for their InvestWrite essay submissions, a national writing competition for students participating in The Stock Market Game™ (SMG).

“This past fall, The SMG student participants around the country were asked to take on the role of an Investment Manager of a non-profit organization important to them,” according to a press release. “In their essays, they described how they would manage that organization’s money to prevent them from risk and help the organization grow.”

Fernbrook Elementary fifth grader Matthew Cornick wrote about protecting the investments of the Boy Scouts of America. In his essay, Matthew shared that he was a Boy Scout and wanted to manage the organization’s investments “to keep the camps running, so other boys get to share the experience I had.”  He placed ninth nationally among hundreds of essay submissions. Two other students in Fernbrook Elementary teacher Kim LeClaire’s fifth grade classroom received state recognition.  

“Matthew did research on his own to learn more about how to advise the Boy Scouts,” LeClaire told her class after Matthew and his peers. “There are always new things to learn to help you make good choices about your investments.”

The essays go through three rounds of judging by teachers, financial professionals, and representatives from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

The SMG, a national program created by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), is coordinated by local nonprofit Minnesota by BestPrep. 

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