Fairlawn Elementary students recognized for state contest win

A team of Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade students, along with their teacher Shirley Helton, were recognized at the March 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for winning a 12-week competition throughout the state of Florida buying and selling stocks. They used math, reading, and writing skills to research, invest and calculate how to make profits in today’s stock market. They learned real life experiences as they bought and sold stocks with their $100,000.00 portfolio. The team of Jake Padrick and Val Magdaleno won first place, and in second place was the team of Colt Krischke and Connor Gillard, with Hunter Holmes and Andrea Esparza taking third place. Pictured, front row, from left, are students Andrea Esparza, Hunter Holmes, Colt Krischke, and Connor Gillard. Back row, from left, are School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Kerry Padrick, and Shirley Helton.