Holy Trinity student earns top honor in essay contest

Fifth grader Kyra Johnson of Holy Trinity School, San Pedro, having just won first place in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite California state essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial.

It takes years to build up the financial savvy to navigate the markets. But fifth grader Kyra Johnson of Holy Trinity School, San Pedro, is decades ahead of the game, having just won first place in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite California state essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial.

The SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite competition, in its 10th anniversary year, challenges students in grades 4-12 to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations targeting short-and long-term financial goals.

Johnson is one of 20,000 students across the nation who take the InvestWrite challenge each year. Winning InvestWrite essays are chosen through rigorous judging by teachers and industry professionals who evaluate students’ understanding of asset allocation, the stock market, and factors that drive investments as well as their expression of investment ideas in essay form.

"Teaching students at a very young age the basics of finance and the stock market is essential to their broad education and to being well-informed investors later in life,” said Douglas L. Peterson, president and CEO of McGraw Hill Financial. “As financial markets become more complex and more global, investors of all ages can benefit from learning how to save, spend and earn money wisely — what we call ‘financial essentials.’ We are delighted to support the SIFMA Foundation and congratulate Kyra on this achievement.”

Kyra, who has a passion for astronomy and the solar system, plans to be an astronaut and an author. In her spare time, she plays volleyball for Holy Trinity and the Triumph Volleyball Club.


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January 25, 2015

  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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