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Queens College Students Place First in National TD Ameritrade U 2017 Thinkorswim® Challenge, Win $30,000 Prize for College

-- Current Queens College Students Daniel Baruch, Max Fruchter, and Shlomo Sandler Took top Honors Among More Than 325 Schools, 930 Teams, and 2,507 Students
 in Nationwide Financial Virtual Trading Contest --
Queens, NY, November 29, 2017 — Queens College students Daniel Baruch, Max Fruchter, and Shlomo Sandler placed first among a field of 2,507 students on 930 teams from more than 325 schools nationwide in the TD Ameritrade U 2017 thinkorswim® Challenge, sponsored by TD Ameritrade. The students won their college a prize of $30,000 at a November 20 ceremony held at the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim office in Chicago, IL.
 
The competition promotes financial literacy and invites post-secondary students in the United States to participate in a simulated trading competition using TD Ameritrade’s paperMoney® functionality for the thinkorswim® platform. The Queens College team amassed net liquid financial assets (net liq) totaling $2.636 million from a starting simulated net liq of $500,000.
 
“We are so proud of Daniel, Max, and Shlomo for their excellent work, which will help to ensure that our students can participate in these competitions for years to come,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, these students’ sterling representation of the college on the national stage again confirms that this is an institution that prepares its students to excel in the most challenging fields.”

All three students are Long Island residents, with Daniel Baruch, a junior majoring in applied physics, living in West Hempstead; Max Fruchter, a senior majoring in finance and economics, residing in Woodmere; and Shlomo Sandler, a junior majoring in accounting, living in Cedarhurst.

The $30,000 prize will be used to fund for the next three years the program that encourages Queens College students to participate in the TD Ameritrade U thinkorswim® Challenge; it will also support student participation in other national academic competitions.

For more information on the TD Ameritrade U 2017 thinkorswim® Challenge visit www.thinkorswimchallenge.com.
 
About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit qc.cuny.edu to learn more.
 
A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years. 
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