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Tayidi wins state, national recognition for investment essay

Posted on: March 16, 2016

LMIS sixth grader Nilli Tayidi won first in the state for the InvestWrite challenge. On hand to give her the award were (from left) LMIS teacher Judy Todia, Sue Heilmayer from the Economics Center of the University of Cincinnati, Tayidi and Rashid Tayidi, Nilli's father.

A Little Miami sixth grader’s proposal for an investment app has won her state and national recognition from a financial markets foundation.

Nilli Tayidi recently learned that her essay was selected tops in the state of Ohio and tenth out of more than 9,000 submissions across the country in the SIFMA Foundation’s Fall 2015 InvestWrite competition. The program challenges 4th-12th grade students to consider an investing scenario and make recommendations that incorporate short- and long-term goals. Tayidi is in Geneva Stein’s class at Little Miami Intermediate School.

“Nilli’s innovative ideas for an investing app earned her the SIFMA Foundation’s ‘InvestWrite Genius’ title this year,” said Melanie Mortimer, president of the SIFMA Foundation. “We commend her on this achievement and praise her teacher, Judy Todia, for bringing personal finance into the classroom with The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite. Studies have shown these programs raise students’ scores significantly on math, economics and personal finance tests and prepare them for life’s financial decisions.”

InvestWrite serves as a culminating activity for 600,000 4th-12th graders nationwide who compete each year in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game, an online simulation of the global capital markets that reinforces STEM learning, 21st century skills, economics, investing and personal finance. Since InvestWrite’s inception in 2004, more than 185,000 students have submitted essays.

Nilli Tayidi is among 20,000 students this school year taking the InvestWrite challenge, which bridges classroom learning in mathematics, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning.

In her essay, Tayidi was challenged to invent a new app that could serve as a long-term investment tool. She was asked to discuss the features of the app and how the app would be helpful to people when making important decisions for their financial future. Tayidi also referred to her research on Kroger in her essay and said, “I chose this stock for three reasons. Kroger has good earnings growth. Kroger is expecting to grow at a rate of 12.1%, above the EPS growth average, which is 6.9%. The final reason is because Kroger is the biggest supermarket retailer in the country. This means that many people shop at Kroger.”

The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite are offered in Ohio through Economics Center for Education and Research. “We honor and congratulate our InvestWrite winning student and teacher,” said Julie Heath, President of Economics Center for Education and Research, “Helping Ohio students better understand our economy, our markets, the role of investors, and how to make good investments will pay dividends for the students, their education, and the Ohio economy.”

Tayidi is an accomplished musician, a member of the Cincinnati Junior Strings orchestra and enjoys swimming and diving. Her teacher, Judy Todia, said “Teachers always look for authentic writing assignments—InvestWrite is authentic. Students research, students create, students produce a finished product. InvestWrite is a real-world experience.”