Senior Kelly Killoren was recognized Tuesday as South Carolina's first place winner in the SIFMA Foundation's fall 2021 National InvestWrite Competition. This national essay competition is the culminating activity for The Stock Market Game, an educational program that encourages students to invest and manage a hypothetical online portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and cash. For the essay competition, students were asked to research and compose a long-term financial plan. Kelly's essay explored medical improvements and advancements and the subsequent impact on investing strategy.
"SIFMA Foundation congratulates Kelly on this remarkable achievement and commends her teacher and school for their commitment to financial education," said Melanie Mortimer, president of the SIFMA Foundation. "Having reached more than 20 million youth to date, the SIFMA Foundation ensures young people of all backgrounds are better prepared for their financial lives."
Jim Morris, CEO of the SC Council on Economic Education, joined Dr. Susan Owens's Financial Algebra class to present award. "By making economics fun, interesting and relevant through The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite, we can help fulfill our mission for South Carolina students to leave high school with a sound foundation in economic principles, an understanding of our economy and how it works, and a strong appreciation for the American free enterprise system."