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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Abraham Horowitz, a 7th grader at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, captured first place in the state of New Jersey and second place nation-wide in the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association Foundation’s (SIFMA) InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. Horowitz, a Fort Lee resident, earned this recognition for the middle school division in the Fall 2013 competition. He is one of 20,000 students across the U.S. who take the InvestWrite® challenge each year.

In his essay, Horowitz was asked to identify something he would like to save for over a 10-year period and discuss what types of securities he would invest in to reach his goal. He explains, “It is my dream to attend Harvard University, and I will work hard to get there.”

Horowitz selected two securities for his portfolio, RJA and ADM. His rationale? “I chose this stock because of humanity’s increasing growth. By 2023, the world’s population is expected to be more than 7.9 billion people, an increase of more than 700,000,000 from what it is now. Food production companies like ADM will be responsible for producing more food and will earn more money.”

InvestWrite® invites students to develop the personal financial savvy needed to make real-world financial decisions with confidence and a deeper understanding of opportunities, consequences, and benefits. Students consider real-world economic events and trends, conduct research online, develop investment recommendations and, in the process, gain the skills to prepare for their own financial future. They work in groups during the Stock Market Game program, but then write essays individually about their experience.

Zachary Zimmer and Daniel Dachille, 8th graders at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, were among 150 students nationally awarded an honorable mention in

C-SPAN’s national 2014 StudentCam documentary competition for their video submission on “Reforming the U.S. Tax Code.” Each year since 2006, C-SPAN invites both middle school and high school students to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. This year, students used video cameras to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

SSDS students were recognized among the more than 4,800 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. who submitted atotal of 2,355 entries to C-SPAN this year.