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Record Breaking News: National InvestWrite Win!

Channing Jamison is the first student from Washington D.C. to win national recognition!



Channing Jamison’s Fourth Place Essay Wins SIFMA Foundation’s

Spring 2021 National InvestWrite® Competition


New York, NY, June 16, 2021 – We could all learn something from 11-year-old Channing Jamison. The extraordinary fifth-grader from Washington, D.C. has charted his life goals and developed an investment strategy to fund them. Moreover, Jamison developed his plan in the months that a pandemic created unprecedented challenges for his family and school life. For his brilliance and hard work, Jamison cinched an exhilarating win in the SIFMA Foundation’s Spring 2021 InvestWrite competition.


Beating out thousands of other students around the country competing in the elementary school division, Jamison, who attends DC Bilingual Public Charter School, researched and composed an impressive short-term and long-term financial plan and now he is being recognized nationally.


SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite national essay competition bridges classroom learning in math, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for saving, investing and long-term planning. It also serves as a culminating activity for The Stock Market Game™ a highly effective in-person, remote learning and hybrid educational tool in which students invest and manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and cash.


“SIFMA Foundation’s programs provide youth of all backgrounds and especially in underserved communities the knowledge and tools for financial independence,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “We equip teachers to bring investor education into classrooms and prepare young people early in life to navigate the capital markets and financial decision-making. To date, we’ve transformed the lives of 20 million students like Channing through learning that is practical and fun.”


The Spring 2021 InvestWrite competition challenged students to write an essay about what is important for their future. They did research to determine how they would invest in the short run and in the long term to benefit themselves and others and how stocks, bonds or mutual funds can be combined to create a successful diversified portfolio.


Jamison developed a plan that would have an impact today and into the future and wowed the team of judges with his essay.


Channing Jamison and his teacher, Catherine Currie, were honored by the SIFMA Foundation in a surprise virtual presentation during commencement ceremonies held at the school on June 16, 2021.


Video: Surprise Celebration for Jamison held on June 16, 2021:

Spring 2021-Elementary 4th Place National-Jamison/Currie-DC Bilingual PCS-Washington D.C.


Read Channing's Award Winning Essay



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