Competition

Process

Step 1

The Stock Market Game™ (SMG™) advisors announce the InvestWrite® competition to their SMG™ student participants and assign or invite them to write essays.

Step 2

SMG™ student participants write their InvestWrite® essays. SMG™ advisors review the essays and submit the best ones online prior to the deadline.

Step 3

InvestWrite® judges review and score up to eight essays each. Essays are evaluated on (1) Rationale, (2) Understanding the Subject Matter, and (3) Writing Style.

Step 4

InvestWrite® administrators collate all the scores and SMG™ advisors are notified if they submitted any winning entries. Then it’s time to celebrate!

Writing Prompts

Grades 4-5

300-800 words

Which investment in your Stock Market Game portfolio performed the best and why? Using this investment, recommend a diversified $25,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds to save for a personal, family or community goal in the year 2030. Be sure to mention what your goal is.  

Grades 6-8

400-900 words

Which investment in your Stock Market Game portfolio performed the best and why? Using this investment, recommend a diversified $25,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds to save for a personal, family or community goal in the year 2030. Be sure to mention what your goal is.  

Grades 9-12

500-1000 words

Which investment in your Stock Market Game portfolio performed the best and why? Using this investment, recommend a diversified $25,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds to save for a personal, family or community goal in the year 2030. Be sure to mention what your goal is.

Essay Scoring

Rationale

100 points

The essay should be well organized and written in a manner that indicates there was a logical thought process involved in addressing the assignment. In the essay, the student should present a thoughtful progression of ideas and recommendations. Essays should draw clear connections between the student thinking and recommendations or conclusions.

Understanding the Subject Matter

100 points

The judges will read the essay with the following questions in mind based on the student grade level. Does the student completely address the elements of the question and use appropriate terminology? Does the student exhibit knowledge regarding researching and planning an investment strategy? This aspect of scoring targets the student's understanding of the basic concepts taught in the Stock Market Game.

Writing Style

100 points

Judges ask if the essay is interesting, easy to read and engaging from start to end. Students have an opportunity to exhibit the ability to communicate thoughts in an engaging and inviting manner. This includes assessment of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Students are welcome to think beyond examples provided and make their essay unique by expression of their own interests and creativity.

Eligibility

  • Stock Market Game™ advisors and students must be registered and participate in the Stock Market Game™ during an eligible session.
  • Essays submitted must be an individual student’s own research, thinking, and writing.
  • Although the Stock Market Game™ is a team experience, InvestWrite® entries must be the work of an individual student.
  • InvestWrite® entries must comply with the Official Rules in order to be eligible.

Recognition

National Recognition

Every participant is eligible to receive an InvestWrite® Certificate of Achievement. Additionally, the top 10 students in each grade division of InvestWrite are recognized for their excellence and will receive the items outlined below. Parents, teachers, classrooms, and schools of those 10 students will also be recognized.  

State Recognition

Contact your Stock Market Game™ Coordinator for information regarding awards and recognition in your state.

Student Recognition
Grade 4-5
1st Place
Grade 6-8
1st Place
Grade 9-12
1st Place
All Grade Divisions
2nd to 3rd Place
All Grade Divisions
4th to 10th Place
Teacher Recognition
All Grade Divisions
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th to 10th Place
Classroom Recognition
All Grade Divisions
1st to 3rd Place
4th to 10th Place
School Recognition
All Grade Divisions
1st to 3rd Place
4th to 10th Place
Parents Recognition
All Grade Divisions
1st to 3rd Place
4th to 10th Place

Past Winners

Grades 4-5

Ryan L.

Teacher: Katie Ennis

Paul R. Hanlon School

Westwood, MA

 

Grades 6-8

Jillian L.

Teacher: Yulia Mikhels

The Christa Mcauliffe School/IS 187

Brooklyn, NY

 

Grades 9-12

Peter W. 

Teacher: Sarah McCance

Fountain Valley High School

Fountain Valley, CA

 

 

 

Grades 4-5

Robert S. 

Teacher: John Ferrero

Macdonough School

Middletown, CT

 

Grades 6-8

Maddie M.

Teacher: Brandi Jones

Colby Middle School

Colby, KS

 

Grades 9-12

Marlin C. 

Teacher: Keisha Roberts

John A. Dubiski Career High School

Grand Praire, TX

 

 

Grades 4-5

Justina Z. 

Teacher: Kyla Ahnemann

Skaggs Elementary School

Plano, TX

 

Grades 6-8

Kadence M.

Teacher: Sandra Ozgar

Holland Township Elementary School

Milford, NJ

 

Grades 9-12

Corrie V. 

Teacher: Jesse Peterkin

Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield, CT

 

 

Grades 4-5

Elijah H. 

Teacher: Talisa Johnson

Pates Creek Elementary School

Stockbridge, GA

 

Grades 6-8

Natalie R.

Teacher: Alison Smith

LaSalle Springs MIiddle School

Wildwood, MO

 

Grades 9-12

Daniel Z. 

Teacher: Jason Majewski

Bethlehem Central High School

Delmar, NY

 

 

Official Rules
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