Last week fifth-grader Aubrie Froisland from Raymond was recognized at a small ceremony at Jordan-Small Middle School for winning the SIFMA Foundation and McGraw Hill Financial InvestWrite Competition for the State of Maine.
Her parents, Diana and David, and sister, Haley, were snuck into the school and the assembly so they wouldn’t give away the winner. “I can’t believe I didn’t spill the beans,” said Diana, who knew the results for months because the announcement kept being put off because of bad weather.
Aubrie won for the fall essay competition in the elementary grades 4 and 5. She was asked to explain the benefits of long term investing.
Aubrie didn’t realize she had won until she saw her parents, she said. “I know it’s not me. I didn’t’ have a clue,” she said. She did really well with the Apple stock she chose.
Teacher Jack Fitch has been doing the Stock Market Game with his classes for 20 years. “SIFMA Foundation has been terrific. At parent conferences they want to talk about the stock market. The best stocks I have in my portfolio I have from my kids,” said Fitch. For the last five years, JSMS has had a winner every year from the InvestWrite competition, he said.
Participation in the Stock Market Game has increased 85 percent in Maine, said Elizabeth Reidel, a vice president for SIFMA Foundation, who traveled to the school to present Aubrie with a certificate, trophy and balloons.
“We appreciate how much time and effort they are putting in,” Reidel said. The National competition is fierce at 8,140 entries judged by experts in the finance industry.
Although Aubrie said she probably won’t enter again, it’s mostly about not liking the attention, more than the essay writing. In her free time, she likes to read and run cross country.