Zia sixth-grader wins state essay contest

Mesa sixth-grader Katie Sartz worked as the research specialist during the Stock Market Game.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Zia Elementary School sixth-grader Katie Sartz was the essay winner for state middle schools in an extension of the Stock Market Game program.

The InvestWrite program requires students to write an essay about what their group did in the Stock Market Game.

The Stock Market Game, run through New Mexico State University, is a program in which a group of students were given $100,000 of virtual money to invest in a virtual replica of the stock market while competing against other groups.

Sartz worked as the research specialist during the Stock Market Game.

Gifted and Talented teacher Rene Hedemann said the essay showed that Sartz understood the subject matter. Hedemann said the essay exercises the students critical thinking skills.

Nearly 10,000 students wrote essays that were judged at the classroom level, according to Yvonne Mendoza, the Stock Market Game coordinator with NMSU. More than 2,500 essays were submitted at the state level to be judged.