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Students Receive Awards for Investment Savvy

Students Receive Awards for Investment Savvy

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Sue Owens, Executive Director
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Sue@economicsarkansas.org

May 6, 2014

For Release to Statewide Media
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STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR INVESTMENT SAVVY
Economics Arkansas hosts awards luncheon for student winners of Stock Market Game

LITTLE ROCK—This may be the season for the presentation of academic and athletic honors, but a group of more than 130 Arkansas students in grades 4-12 recently received awards for something quite atypical: their investment savvy. These junior investors were recognized for their successful efforts to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio over the course of 10 weeks during an awards luncheon at Verizon Arena on April 30. They received cash awards and trophies for winning 1st and 2nd place during the Spring 2014 session of the Stock Market Game TM, a project-based investment simulation teaching the importance of saving and investing for the future.

The event was hosted by Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization that trains educators how to integrate economics and personal finance concepts into the K-12 classroom curriculum.

One award-winning student praised the practical application of the program: “The study of personal finance, specifically the Stock Market Game, helps,” noted Jamina Jibok from Lakeside Junior High School, Springdale School District. “One of the biggest problems our economy will face is how well our citizens prepare themselves for the future. Students like myself tend to take life one day at a time. School and programs like the Stock Market Game can better prepare young people for the opportunities and obstacles they will face in the future. Hopefully, our country’s financial problems will be answered by the choices of our future generation,” she said.

The “real life” impact of the Stock Market Game was further stressed by one of the sponsors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch associate Shelby Feurtado. He described to the audience how his participation in the program as a high school student just a few years ago sparked his interest in finance and investment, which led to his choice of college major and now career. In a touching coincidence, his then-teacher, Susie Thompson of Little Rock Christian Academy who has continued to involve her students in the Stock Market Game, attended the luncheon as advisor to the top-scoring Stock Market Game team of the Spring 2014 session and was presented with the Apple Award.

Almost 5,500 Arkansas students participated in the Spring 2014 session of the Stock Market Game. The winners are:

Elementary School Award
Region 1
1st Place, Westwood Primary School, Carrah Efurd, advisor, Greenwood School District
2nd Place, Walker Elementary, Betsy Penix, advisor, Springdale School District
Region 2
1st Place, S.C.Tucker Elementary, Rebecca Shewmake, advisor, Danville School District
2nd Place, Caddo Hills Elementary, Jeri Breashears, advisor, Caddo Hills School District
Region 3
1st Place, Bradley Elementary, Leah Teague, advisor, Emerson-Taylor-Bradley School District
2nd Place, College Hill Middle, Naoma Riordan, advisor, Texarkana School District
Region 4
1st Place, Bradford Elementary, Debbie Roberts, advisor, Bradford School District
2nd Place, Marked Tree Elementary, John Kelly, advisor, Marked Tree School District
Region 5
1st Place, David O. Dodd Elementary, Broderick Hunter, advisor, Little Rock School District
2nd Place, Baker Interdistrict Elementary, Lisa Byrum, advisor, Pulaski County Special School District
Region 6
1st Place, Moody Elementary, Tiffany Evans, advisor, While Hall School District
2nd Place, Moody Elementary, Tiffany Evans, advisor, While Hall School District

Junior High School Award
Region 1
1st Place, Lakeside, Justin Brandley, advisor, Springdale School District
2nd Place, Lakeside, Justin Brandley, advisor, Springdale School District
Region 2
1st Place, Centerpoint Middle, Tim Guest, advisor, Centerpoint School District
2nd Place, Booneville, Dawn Hotubbee, advisor, Booneville School District
Region 3
1st Place, Genoa Central High, Jerry Brown, advisor, Genoa Central School District
2nd Place, Genoa Central High, Jerry Brown, advisor, Genoa Central School District
Region 4
1st Place, Beebe, Justin Moore, advisor, Beebe School District
2nd Place, Beebe, Justin Moore, advisor, Beebe School District
Region 5
1st Place, Greenbrier, Rebekka Bilderback, advisor, Greenbrier School District
2nd Place, Greenbrier, Rebekka Bilderback, advisor, Greenbrier School District
Region 6
1st Place, Watson Chapel, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District
2nd Place, Watson Chapel, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District

High School Award
Region 1
1st Place, Southside, Kelley Todd, advisor, Fort Smith School District
2nd Place, Springdale Har-ber, Jess Ross, advisor, Springdale School District
Region 2
1st Place, Caddo Hills, Jeri Breashears, advisor, Caddo Hills District
2nd Place, Hot Springs, Suzanne Skrivanos, advisor, Hot Springs School District
Region 3
1st Place, Dierks, Larry Jones, advisor, Dierks School District
2nd Place, Dierks, Larry Jones, advisor, Dierks School District
Region 4
1st Place, Paragould, Kevin Coleman, advisor, Paragould School District
2nd Place, Green County Tech, Tammy Thompson, advisor, Green County Tech School District
Region 5
1st Place, Little Rock Christian Academy, Susie Thompson, advisor
2nd Place, North Little Rock, Michael Huels, advisor, North Little Rock School District
Region 6
1st Place, White Hall, Tiffany Evans, advisor, White Hall School District
2nd Place, none awarded

Also recognized were Susie Thompson, Little Rock Christian Academy, in the category of Overall Advisor; Dr. Jason Endacott, University of Arkansas, in the category of Teacher Division, and Kevin Coleman, Paragould High School, Paragould Central School District, in the category of Portfolio Advisor.

The Stock Market Game is owned by the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and franchised to Economics Arkansas since 1999. In this investment simulation and competition, students trade “live” in the stock market. Teams of 1-5 students seek to grow a virtual $100,000 stock portfolio over the course of 10 weeks in the fall and in the spring. They 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. 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. Annual participation averages more than 9,000 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 most student teams are available upon request.

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