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STUDENT INVESTORS HONORED DURING STOCK MARKET GAME LUNCHEON JAN. 9, 2013

STUDENT INVESTORS HONORED DURING STOCK MARKET GAME LUNCHEON JAN. 9, 2013

For more information, contact
Sue Owens, Executive Director
501-682-4349
Sue@economicsarkansas.org

January 14, 2013

For Release to Statewide Media
For Immediate Release

STUDENT INVESTORS RECEIVE AWARDS
Economics Arkansas hosts awards luncheon for student winners of Stock Market Game

LITTLE ROCK—Putting your money to work through investments is a lesson some Arkansas students have mastered better than many adults. That achievement was celebrated at the Stock Market Game Awards Luncheon on Jan. 9 at Verizon Arena that honored 118 junior investors grades 4-12 for their efforts to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio. The students represented the first- and second-place winners of the Fall 2012 session of the Stock Market Game TM, a student investment competition. The luncheon was hosted by Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization that trains educators to teach economics without the “eeek” to Arkansas students K-12.

“All of the students who participated in this program will have an advantage later in life,” said Marsha Masters, Economics Arkansas program coordinator, as she welcomed the almost 300 guests. “The Stock Market Game program will help them as they become adults facing true investment decisions. Economic literacy is life-changing, so a special thank-you to all the teachers who are integrating this program into the classroom.”

More than 4,000 Arkansas students participated in the Fall 2012 session of the Stock Market Game. The winners are:

Elementary Award
Region 1
1st Place, Lee Elementary School, Lynn Massey, advisor, Springdale School District
2nd Place, Westwood Elementary School, Betsy Penix, advisor, Springdale School District

Region 2
1st Place, Hot Springs Intermediate School, Roger Achor, advisor, Hot Springs School District
2nd Place, Hot Springs Intermediate School, Roger Achor, advisor, Hot Springs School District

Region 3
1st Place, Bradley Elementary School, Leah Teague, advisor, Bradley School District
2nd Place Bradley Elementary School, Leah Teague, advisors, Bradley School District

Region 4
1st Place, Manila Middle School, Tim Bassing, advisor, Manila School District
2nd Place, Manila Middle School, Tim Bassing, advisor, Manila School District

Region 5
1st Place, David O. Dodd Elementary School, Broderick Hunter, advisor, Little Rock School District
2nd Place, Pine Forest Elementary School, Kim Wickliffe, advisor, Pulaski County Special School District

Region 6
1st Place, Taylor Elementary School, Marybeth Passmore, advisor, Whitehall School District
2nd Place, Hardin Elementary School, Marybeth Passmore, advisor, Whitehall School District

Junior High Award
Region 1
1st Place, Central Junior High School, Thomas Pittman, advisor, Springdale School District
2nd Place, Central Junior High School, Thomas Pittman, advisor, Springdale School District

Region 2
1st Place, Waldron Middle School, Doug Maxwell, advisor, Waldron School District
2nnd Place, Waldron Middle School, Doug Maxwell, advisor, Waldron School District

Region 3
1st Place, South Arkansas Christian School, Bobby Beaird, advisor, Private
2nd Place, Genoa Central High School, Jerry Brown, advisor, Genoa Central School District

Region 4
1st Place, Osceola STEM School, Teresa Day-Smith, advisor, Osceola School District
2nd Place, Maynard Elementary School, Melinda Harris, advisor, Maynard School District

Region 5
1st Place, Pulaski Academy, Sarah Gorman, advisor, Private
2nd Place, Pulaski Academy, Sarah Gorman, advisor, Private

Region 6
1st Place, Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District
2nd Place, Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District

High School Award
Region 1
1st Place, Southside High School, Linda Joplin, advisor, Fort Smith School District
2nd Place, Kingston High School, Kevin Meythaler, advisor, Jasper School District

Region 2
1st Place, Hot Springs High School, Suzanne Skrivanos, advisor, Hot Springs School District
2nd Place, Hot Springs High School, Suzanne Skrivanos, advisor, Hot Springs School District

Region 3
1st Place, Genoa Central High School, Jerry Brown, advisor, Genoa Central School District
2nd Place, Harmony Grove High School, Jan Jenkins, advisor, Harmony Grove, School District

Region 4
1st Place, West Memphis High School, Marjorie Hunter, advisor, West Memphis School District
2nd Place, Hoxie High School, Melissa Rice, advisor, Hoxie School District

Region 5
1st Place, Conway High School, Cindy Beckman, advisor, Conway School District
2nd Place, Little Rock Christian Academy, Susie Thompson, advisor, Private

Region 6
1st Place, Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center, Chrissie Barnes, advisor
2nd Place, Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center, Chrissie Barnes, advisor.

Also recognized were Cindy Beckman, Conway High School/Conway School District, in the category of Overall Advisor; Marybeth Passmore, White Hall Taylor and Hardin Elementary Schools/White Hall School District, in the category of Teacher Division, and Janet Wallace, Poyen High School/Poyen School District, in the category of Advisor Ranking.

The Stock Market Game is offered nationwide through the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) each fall and spring semester as a 10-week investment simulation and competition. It is played by teams of 1-5 students who manage virtual $100,000 stock portfolios. Team compete in either the elementary (grades 4-6), junior high (grades 7-9) or senior high division (10-12) in one of the state’s six regions connected to a university economics center area. The object of the game is to grow their investment portfolio while competing with other students in their region and statewide. Teachers act as advisors who assist each team by inviting investment professionals to speak in the classroom, teaching their students to learn “how” to research and to become aware of current events that affect the market. The teams with the highest total equity at the end of each 10-week session in each division and region are recognized at the awards luncheon. The winners receive cash, medals and commemorative tee-shirts.

Economics Arkansas has had the license to operate the Stock Market Game in Arkansas since 1999. Annual participation has grown to almost 10,000 students.

The Awards Luncheon was sponsored by the AR Section 529 Committee/Upromise Investment Inc.; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Arkansas Securities Department; 3M; State Farm Insurance; D&R Hobbs LLC; Lou Graham, Morgan Stanley; Riceland, and Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc.

Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics.
• Real life economics teaches students:
• To invest in their human capital, opening opportunities to the American Dream.
• Decision-making skills and the costs associated with each decision.
• Financial skills to better manage their resources in the future.
• About the global market and their future roles as producers and consumers.

Note to media: Photos and names of members of student teams are available upon request. Please contact Elisha Poteet at elisha@economicsarkansas.org or 501-683-3104

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