Ace Analysts Advance

Team Ace Analysts advanced to the finals of The Wharton Global High School Investment Competition, an experiential investment challenge for high school students.

Out of the more than 4,000 teams initially enrolled globally, 1,500 progressed to the next stage, and 50 made the semifinals. Team Ace Analysts learned they were among 10 teams to advance to the finals.

"In the three years that Peddie has been participating in this competition through the Young Entrepreneurs Club, this is the first group to make it this far," said Club Advisor Imad Labban. “This is a huge deal.”

Teams are graded on portfolio performance, client interaction and strategy formulation. The Ace Analysts, consisting of Andy Wang ’25, Ethan Yang ’25, Ethan Jin ’25, Lue Fang ’25, Jiabao Hu ’25, Yang Han ’25 and Eric Huang ’25, impressed the judges with their innovative approach named "Bump, Set, Spike," aligning the client's investment goals with their shared passion for volleyball, a detail derived from the client case study.

To advance beyond the semifinal round, the team completed a detailed questionnaire and prepared a video, which will be judged by three respected financial industry specialists.

Reflecting on the journey that led them to the finals, team member Andy Wang recounted the moment he received the email confirming their semifinalist status. "When I saw the email, and it said 'Congrats!' – that's when it hit me, 'Oh my gosh, we made it to the semifinals,’" Wang recalled.

Now, they eagerly anticipate the next stage of the competition, the Global Finale on April 20 at Wharton's Philadelphia campus, where the grand prize winner will be revealed.

"It would be incredible if we win," said Wang.