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Posted May 19, 2015

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Van Buren Mid-School Student Tops in State in Stock Market Essay Contest

Sushil Darjee's essay on Colgate-Palmolive also places 7th in nation

(l-r) Teacher Bob Roukema, student Sushil Darjee and his family

An essay about toothpaste company Colgate-Palmolive brought more than just a bright smile to Sushil Darjee, an 8th grader at APS’ Van Buren Mid-School. It also earned him a $100 gift card and the first place trophy in the New Mexico InvestWrite® competition, which is part of the Stock Market Game.

      Darjee’s essay on the consumer products company focused on why the company is a good investment and how it serves the community.

      In addition to placing first in New Mexico, Darjee’s essay was ranked 7th nationally in the essay competition that is open to students in middle and high school and draws about 20,000 entries each year.

      Darjee was one of the students in Bob Roukema’s algebra class at Van Buren who participated in the Stock Market Game and the essay contest, which is sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation.

      “In the game, teams of middle and high school students from across the country form teams to invest $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds to learn the value of saving and investing as they work together to maximize the return on their portfolio,” Roukema said.

       “We are very proud of Sushil’s performance in the essay portion and of all the students who participated in the game,” said Van Buren Principal Cardinal Rieger.

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