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Mariemont Schools Press Release

Students Recognized for Being Responsible

DSC00223 (1)The motto of our school district is to create scholars of today, leaders of tomorrow. As part of that mission, Mariemont High School focuses on leadership qualities to help students understand what it takes to become a leader. Each month, one leadership quality is highlighted and teachers can nominate students who have shown this quality during the month.

For the month of April, the leadership quality of the month was responsibility.

The names of the nominated students were put into a drawing and three names were drawn as winners. The Mariemont High School Campus Life team rewarded the winners with a Chipotle lunch that is brought to them during their lunch time at school. The three students that were selected are:

Liz Geary was nominated by Mrs. Leszczuk for her work with her service dog.
Corrine Fanta was nominated by Mrs. Thomas because Corrine is “the definition of responsibility.”
Ryan Fields was nominated by Mrs. Arp because “he is often seen helping a fellow classmate navigate through daily events and situations within the school day.”

Congratulations to all of the students that were nominated. You are role models both in our school and in our community!

Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Junior High Students

DSC_0015This month is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis. This week, the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to Kristen Keyes, a Mariemont Junior High School 8th grade student and recognized the Mariemont Junior High Stock Club, “Warrior Stocks,” that placed 1st in the regional competition and 3rd in state.

According to the Mariemont Junior High School Builder’s Club advisor Nicole Parr, Kristen Keyes “just has an awesome attitude all of the time. She is such a hard worker, both in the classroom and in the community. Kristen is committed, reliable and does everything with a smile on her face. I know she is involved in a lot of things – from performing arts to volunteering with her church – but she always finds time to help despite being involved in so much.”

The MJHS Builders Club has 25 active members, and in addition to the students volunteering collectively with many events and activities, they also pursued their own community service projects, through places of worship, with their families and within the Greater Cincinnati community.

Mariemont Junior High School Principal Molly Connaugton presented an award to the “Warrior Stocks” members. Annie Doran, Jossey Frye, Jacquelyn Kauffman, Abby Miller Melanie Weiss and Claire Wilder, lead by the Kiwanis of Mariemont Stock Market Game leader Roger Stafford, truly excelled this year.

The national Kiwanis Stock Club program’s goal is to help students develop investment interest and education. The Stock Club program at the junior high would not be possible without the generosity of Kiwanis. “Our partnership with the school district is instrumental to the success of everything we do for these children,” said Barb Anderson, Kiwanis member. “We just want to help young people be all they can be.”


Mariemont Junior High Students Win Stock Market Game

MJHS_STock_Club_2A team of 7th grade students from Mariemont Junior High School received first place in the Southwest Ohio Middle School Division competition, in which 133 teams competed. The team also placed 3rd in the state, competing against 938 teams. The team “Warrior Stocks” consists of Annie Doran, Jossey Frye, Jacquelyn Kauffman, Abby Miller Melanie Weiss and Claire Wilder, lead by the Kiwanis of Mariemont Stock Market Game leader Roger Stafford.

“The mission of our Kiwanis Club is serving youth, and one of our initiatives is to advance the level of financial education in our schools,” said Roger. “Fifteen years ago we began by helping the Mariemont Junior High form teams, because we believe that every citizen, starting at the earliest age, can benefit from understanding the important role of the capital markets in their lives.”

The Stock Market Game (SMG), which is a vehicle for teaching students about public and private companies and stockholder relations, lasts 10 weeks and each team has $100,000 to invest in a virtual portfolio. Students learn how to research what a company does, its products, its growth rates and its profitability. Kiwanis members Roger Stafford, Jeremy Gates, Jack Smith and Donald Keyes also gave short lessons about investing during lunchtime meetings with the student teams.

“We never recommend specific companies in which the students should invest. Instead, we suggest they follow the news and look at companies that make their favorite products: their food, their clothing, their electronics. We recommend they invest in what they know,” said Roger.

Over the past 15 years, the MJHS Stock Market Game has grown, this year to 10 teams in 7th grade and five teams in 8th grade, with a total of, 81 participants. Kiwanis recognizes two teams in each grade – the top earner and the best portfolio, based on growth and diversification

The members of “Warrior Stocks,” along with the winners in eight other divisions at both the high school and middle school levels, were invited to the University of Cincinnati to receive their awards and compete in the Portfolio Challenge, in which each team had to explain the logic behind their portfolio, where they went for research and what they learned. The two winners travel (all expenses paid) to New York to present to executives at Goldman Sachs, Lazard and Legg Mason and tour the New York Stock Exchange.

Upon entering high school, many students with SMG experience join the Green Envy Investment Club, sponsored by Kiwanis and the OKI Chapter of Better Investing. The club is a legal Ohio partnership and students own stocks under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. Students join Better Investing and learn methods for effective investing strategies.

For now, the “Warrior Stocks” girls are simply enjoying the experience.

“I am thrilled that this amazing team of young ladies had such impressive results with the Stock Club Game,” said Molly Connaughton, principal of Mariemont Junior High School. “Words cannot express how proud I am of them or how grateful we are for the leadership, knowledge and friendship Kiwanis shares with our students.”

About The Stock Market Game
The SMG is an outreach of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation (501c3), which represents hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers. The Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds. Annually, 600,000 4th-12th grade students and their teachers take part in this financial education program.Click here for more information.