Yo, how’s it going.
I have recently been notified that I won 5th place in the national InvestWrite contest. Basically, I competed with 15,000 other high schoolers (from grades 9-12) around the United States to write an essay pitching a complex investment strategy of my own design to the best of my abilities, and the panel of judges decided that my essay ranked fifth among all of them. I won this award as a freshman, or in 9th grade.
Now that you’re done hearing me brag (I’m not trying to), I was hoping that someone here could judge the level of prestige of this award in comparison to awards in other competitions like biology olympiad or ISEF. I am asking because I want to know whether this award can serve as the top-billed achievement on my college application. I heard you need some sort of spike, or incredibly difficult-to-attain achievement to separate yourself from other applicants when it comes to college admissions since it can show that you are one of the best in the world/nation at whatever you are interested in. Btw, I am interested in pursuing a major/career in finance and economics, so this award is relevant to the narrative of my
Thanks for your time.