WALES — Sara Lacroix, Oak Hill High School student, was named the fall first-place state winner for Maine in SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® student essay competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education and SIFMA member firms.

As a culminating activity for the country’s 600,000 annual Stock Market Game™ participants, Investwrite® challenges fourth- to 12th-graders to analyze an investment scenario, think critically and provide a long-term financial plan.

Students address real-world economic factors and trends, preparing for their own financial futures. Lacroix was of 20,000 students to take the InvestWrite® challenge.

Her winning essay was chosen through judging on the basis of her analysis of asset allocation, the investment potential of various publicly traded stocks, an overall understanding of the stock market, and the manner in which she expressed her investment ideas in essay form.

Lacroix said it is  important to weigh all investment options to ensure a successful financial future. She advises a young couple to contribute to their 401k retirement plan along with a traditional IRA account.

Lacroix was awarded her prizes during a surprise school assembly visit on Feb. 15.

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