IPS Students Give Presentations before Fifth Third Leadership James Whitcomb Riley School 43 sixth grader Dynasty W. was one of the Indianapolis Public Schools students recently invited to Fifth Third Bank headquarters. It was the culmination of her work in the Fifth Third Young Bankers Club, a 10-week course (completely sponsored by Fifth Third) that teaches students financial literacy.

“In the past Fifth Third honored the student who selected the winning stock; however, this year it is for the students who gave the best presentation,” said James Whitcomb Riley Principal David Bennett. The best presenters from each class won the opportunity to go to Fifth Third headquarters, have brunch with senior Fifth Third leadership and make their stock presentations to the leadership.”

Dynasty enjoyed the course. “It was a good program, fun and educational,” she said. “I wasn’t ready for it to be over.”

Dynasty picked Coca-Cola as her stock (“I like drinking Coke,” she said) and followed it for the 10 weeks. Her presentation explained how the stock started by going up and then declined for most of the weeks she followed it. She also touched on Coca-Cola history, like the way the company’s stock symbol changed and how their headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dynasty said the focus on presentation skills helped her learn the importance of a good handshake and maintaining eye contact, and it was good experience for her possible future career. “I want to be a teacher,” she said, and then added with a smile, “or a basketball player.”

Clarence Farrington School 61 also had four students invited to Fifth Third headquarters: Luis C., Roman M., Hunter S. and Vanessa M.

Clarence Farrington sixth grade math teacher Katrina Richardson-Sow said Fifth Third Bank’s leadership “were very impressed with how well our students were prepared for their presentations and how well they used the business tips that the bankers taught them each week: project your voice, good eye contact, good posture, proper introductions and how to shake hands properly.”

We’re proud of Dynasty and of all our students who were able to deliver their presentations to Fifth Third Bank leaders. This part of the Young Bankers Club program experience has ensured our students not only learn good financial ideas but also learn how to communicate those ideas!