Juunah Kang, Matthew Cornick and Celia RamseyThree students from Fernbrook Elementary were recognized this month for their essay submissions to InvestWrite, an optional writing competition for students participating in The Stock Market Game™ (SMG).

Fifth-grader Matthew Cornick placed ninth in the nation for his essay about protecting the investments of the Boy Scouts of America. Cornick’s essay was also the top submission among elementary students in Minnesota. Cornick’s fifth-grade peers Juunah Kang and Celia Ramsey also received accolades for their InvestWrite essays.

The Stock Market Game is an interactive, experiential learning program for students in grades 4-12. Students work in teams of two and are given a virtual $100,000 to invest over a three month period, competing against other teams for the highest-valued portfolio. Kim LeClaire—the talent development, academic challenge and gifted support specialist at Fernbrook Elementary—said she teaches students about the stock market each fall.

“It [The Stock Market Game] is important because students are learning real-life concepts,” LeClaire added. “What is really cool for them is that when they see or hear something in the news about the stock market, they understand the real-world application and can follow along. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used to teach higher level concepts like this.”

The Stock Market Game is a national program created by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and coordinated in Minnesota by nonprofit BestPrep.

PHOTO: Fernbrook Elementary students (left to right) Juunah Kang, Matthew Cornick and Celia Ramsey were recognized this month for their InvestWrite essay submissions after participating in The Stock Market Game this school year. Cornick's essay was tops among elementary students in Minnesota and ranked ninth nationally.