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Wall Street Wizards @ Maplewood

Left to right at Hofstra University: Maeve Lynch, Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez and Maeve O'Connor.  thumbnail119177
Left to right at Hofstra University: Maeve Lynch, Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez and Maeve O'Connor.
Our three Wall Street wizards skillfully present their findings in front of the large audience. thumbnail119178
Our three Wall Street wizards skillfully present their findings in front of the large audience.
Our Maplewood 4th-graders enjoy a few moments exploring the Hofstra Campus and happen upon a statue of “Plato Having a Dialogue With Socrates” by Mihail Chemiakin. thumbnail119179
Our Maplewood 4th-graders enjoy a few moments exploring the Hofstra Campus and happen upon a statue of “Plato Having a Dialogue With Socrates” by Mihail Chemiakin.

Mr. O'Connor's 4th-grade class at Maplewood participated in this year's SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game.  Maeve Lynch, Maeve O'Connor and Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez finished 3rd out of over 250 teams entered in the competition.  The girls chose to carefully diversify their stock portfolio buying shares in companies they researched as well as companies they love to buy things from. The young investors netted a nice return in the 13 week period of the Fall competition. What makes it even more impressive is the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 10% for the same time period. This is the 6th year in a row a team from Mr. O'Connor's class has either placed or won the competition.

The teams were invited to an awards presentation and luncheon on May 16th at Hofstra University. The students were given medals, an opportunity to give a speech to the crowd and treated to a fantastic lunch. What a great experience for these future financial wizards!