Ashlynn Luzier, a recent graduate from Valley Vista High School, won first place in the state InvestWrite competition.
InvestWrite is an extension of the stock market game that students participated in during economics class over the course of 12 weeks each semester.
Students invested a hypothetical $100,000 into the stock market to try and make the most money possible. After competing in the game, students had a chance to reflect on what they learned from the game and apply it to an essay prompt: Taking what you learned from the stock market game, how would you invest 100,000 dollars to cause the most growth over the next 30 years?
Luzier invested in Blue Chip stocks such as Amazon, Apple and Microsoft and then put money into a U.S. Treasury Bond and then a mutual fund.
“I would like to apply what I have learned by doing my own personal investing,” she shared in her essay submission. “Investing this money would help me pay for things such as my books and on-campus living expenses at college next year. It will also help me to build healthy financial habits and prepare for my future.”
Luzier will go on to represent Arizona in the national competition. She was a key player on the Valley Vista volleyball team in recent years.
InvestWrite is a program of the SIFMA Foundation offered exclusively to teachers and students participating in The Stock Market Game and builds a bridge between classroom learning and the real world.
The SIFMA Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds. Drawing on the support and expertise of the financial industry, the SIFMA Foundation provides financial education programs and tools that strengthen economic opportunity across communities and increase individuals’ awareness of and access to the benefits of the global marketplace.
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