EATON — William Bruce Elementary fifth grader (soon to be sixth grader) Katey Bryant placed 10th out of over 9,000 participants in a nationwide program called the “Stock Market Game.”
During the fifth grade award assembly on Tuesday, May 23, Bryant was recognized for her achievement in front of her entire class. She was awarded two separate plaques, one for her to keep and one to keep in the trophy case at Bruce.
The elementary school participated with select fifth graders in the “Stock Market Game.”
According to teacher Bill Aukerman, students explored the fundamentals of personal finance and investing, while practicing content and skills in math, English language arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.
Students worked in teams to build and manage their investment portfolio in a real world, dynamic marketplace, learned to analyze and make decisions, explore the consequences of their financial choices, and seek new ways to strategize for success.
In addition, students took part in an essay contest called InvestWrite. The contest was based on the following criteria: the essay had to be written about a chosen company that first started by one or two people and then grew into a corporation, had to provide a brief history of the student’s chosen company, and had to include evidence through research on why or why not the student’s chosen company was worth investing in through the Stock Market.
Bryant won $100.
During the awards assembly, Principal Kip Powell said, “We’re going to give Katey a plaque that says, ‘Stock Market Game National Writing Competition tenth out of 9,000, Katey Bryant’. This is going to be hers to take home. We have this plaque that has her picture. We figured she knows what she looks like, but we want people who don’t know to see it here. We’re going to take this plaque here and keep it at the school and display it in our trophy case. Congratulations.”
Powell added, he was expecting a guest from the Cincinnati region to speak to Bryant, but at time of the assembly the guest had not quite shown up. He promised that if she did, he would make sure Bryant had a chance to talk to her.
“The program is a good experience and I was kinda surprised when I got the award, but I was even more surprised when I heard that there were 9,000 competitors,” Bryant said.
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