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Arlington student Madeline Espinoza wins state InvestWrite essay competition

Arlington middle school student Madeline Espinoza recently won the statewide InvestWrite essay competition. In the InvestWrite essay competition, students write an essay on a specific topic related to investment and the stock market. This year the topic of the essay was virtual reality.

“They write 500 words analyzing a company that is dealing with virtual reality, so they are taking the knowledge they’ve learned in class and they are applying it to a specific company that they choose. They write what they have learned about that company and investing as a whole,” Shawna Koger, Business Teacher at Arlington, said.

Espinoza’s essay, that earned her best in state honors, was focused on the digital camera company, GoPro.“I wrote about GoPro and talked about how their company started and some of the things that their CEO did to start the company and why he started it, and it talked about their stocks and why I thought that GoPro was a good investment,” she said. In her essay she wrote about how the founder of GoPro began with a single camera meant to be used for outdoor activities, and has grown to include cameras that implement virtual reality. “The CEO just wanted to make a camera that was good for activities and now they have a bunch of different cameras and over the years they have started to use virtual reality in their camera called the Omni,” Espinoza said.

According to Koger, the InvestWrite essay is something that all eighth grade students at Arlington are required to write as part of a required Exploring Business class at the school. “All the middle school kids write the essay contest component and I think it is a great way to have a real world application and reflect on what they have learned,” she said.

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