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Karsyn Tielbur, a Waukee Northwest High School senior, finished first place in the statewide Iowa High School Division for SIFMA’s InvestWrite national essay competition. The InvestWrite competition is an innovative national writing challenge that is produced by The Stock Market Game program. One of the overarching goals is to add a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom, and it serves as a great exercise for students to articulate their investment strategies. Being a part of this challenge allows students to gain a better feel for what professionals do in order to design-implement-monitor their strategies as well as pitch their strategies to prospective clients. Through this process, students also discover unique details about companies (environmental issues, workforce support, etc.) that many adults are often unaware of.

Students were given the following prompt for their competition –  Think about the future. Imagine what it might look like with improvements in technology, advancements in medicine, developments in education, new energy sources, space exploration, transportation, or progress in any field of your interest.

Karsyn was presented with her award during a surprise meeting with APEX leadership. Karsyn’s first-place finish brings along a $100 gift card along with a trophy that will be kept at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center. Congratulations to Karsyn on a job well done!

Watch the video associated with this story to learn more about Karsyn’s essay!