Have a question about stocks? Ask Julanna Zhang.
The Mason Intermediate sixth-grader placed first in state in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite student essay competition.
The national contest served as a culminating activity for the Stock Market Game in which Zhang and classmates at Mason Intermediate participated.
Each year 600,000 fourth through twelfth grade students compete in the Stock Market Game, which challenges students to analyze stocks, bonds and mutual funds and create financial portfolios.
Julanna is one of 20,000 students each year who also participated in the InvestWrite challenge, in which students write essays on investment principles linked to the Stock Market Game. Her essay was named tops in the middle school category.
Thousands of teachers and financial industry professionals review essay submissions as part of a “rigorous judging process” that evaluates students’ understanding of the stock market and their ability to express their investment ideas in written form, according to the contest’s sponsor.
“This was an optional competition for our students, but an important opportunity because they are asked to make sophisticated, thoughtful recommendations that reflect what is expected of college and career-ready students,” said Joan Davis, a gifted intervention specialist at Mason Intermediate.
Julanna was honored at an annual awards luncheon held Thursday at the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center.