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130 Arkansas Students Win Top Honors in Investment Simulation Program

130 Arkansas Students Win Top Honors in Investment Simulation Program

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Marsha Masters, Deputy Director
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Marsha@economicsarkansas.org

May 6, 2015

For Release to Statewide Media
For Immediate Release

130 ARKANSAS STUDENTS WIN TOP HONORS IN INVESTMENT SIMULATION PROGRAM
Economics Arkansas hosts awards luncheon for student winners of Stock Market Game

LITTLE ROCK—A program that involved a record number of more than 10,000 Arkansas students in grades 4-12 during the 2014-15 school year honored its top achievers last week. Almost 130 students were recognized for their investment know-how during the Stock Market GameTM awards luncheon hosted by Economics Arkansas at Verizon Arena on April 29. These junior investors received cash awards and trophies for winning first and second place for their successful efforts to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio of $100,000 over the course of 10 weeks during the current spring semester.

Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization that trains educators how to integrate economics and personal finance concepts into the K-12 classroom curriculum, hosts the Stock Market Game program each fall and spring semester. It is a project-based investment simulation designed to teach saving and investing while also enhancing students’ math, business, communication, economics and analytical skills.

One teacher, whose team placed first in its age group and region, praised the Stock Market Game program for providing an engaging, interactive methodology to teach Common Core and Arkansas state frameworks. “I could get up in front of the kids with my great PowerPoint presentation or I could have their textbooks in front of them and it would in no way instill in them those frameworks in a fun and engaging way as giving them [hypothetical] $100,000, showing them the research tools and telling them to go at it,” said Tamme Adams, an educator at Benton Junior High at the Benton School District. “[The Stock Market Game] is a wonderful way for teachers to cover the Common Core and the Arkansas state frameworks we are supposed to and engage the kids,” she added.

Almost 6,000 Arkansas students participated in the Spring 2015 session of the Stock Market Game. During the Fall 2014 session, more than 4,000 students participated, for a total participation or more than 10,000 students during the 2014-15 school year. That result represents an increase of almost 10 percent compared to last year and an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous record of almost 9,500 students during the 2010-11 school year.

The winners of the Spring 2015 session are:

Elementary School Award
Region 1
First Place: George Elementary School, Dianne Kellogg, advisor, Springdale School District
Second Place: Thurman G. Smith Elementary School, LuAnn Little, advisor, Springdale School District

Region 2
First Place: East End Intermediate School, Sherri DeSoto, advisor, Sheridan School District
Second Place: S.C. Tucker Elementary School, Rebecca Shewmake, advisor, Danville School District

Region 3
First Place: College Hill Middle School, Shedrich Franklin, advisor, Texarkana School District
Second Place: College Hill Middle School, Julie Foster, advisor, Texarkana School District

Region 4
First Place: Bradford Elementary School, Debbie Roberts, advisor, Bradford School District
Second Place: Greene County Tech Middle School, Tammy Thompson, advisor, Greene County Tech School District

Region 5
First Place: Raymond and Phyllis Simon Intermediate School, Donna Adolph, advisor, Conway School District
Second Place: Warren Dupree Elementary School, Rick Kron, advisor PCSSD

Region 6
First Place: Hardin Elementary School, Marybeth Passmore, advisor, White Hall School District
Second Place: Hardin Elementary School, Marybeth Passmore, advisor, White Hall School District

Junior High School Award
Region 1
First Place: Huntsville Middle School, Tyler Trumbo, advisor, Huntsville School District
Second Place: Raymond E. Wells Junior High School, Tammy Brewer, advisor, Greenwood School District

Region 2
First Place: Subiaco Academy, Shirley Kiefer, advisor
Second Place: Hot Springs High School, Tim Guest, advisor, Hot Springs School District

Region 3
First Place: South Arkansas Christian School, Bobby Beaird, advisor
Second Place: South Arkansas Christian School, Bobby Beaird, advisor,

Region 4
First Place: Beebe High School 9-10, Richard Clevenger, advisor, Beebe School District
Second Place: Beebe High School 9-10, Art Bell, advisor, Beebe School District

Region 5
First Place: Benton Junior High School, Tamme Adams, advisor, Benton School District
Second Place: Vilonia Junior High School, Marla Baker, advisor, Vilonia School District

Region 6
First Place: Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District
Second Place: Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, advisor, Watson Chapel School District

High School Award
Region 1
First Place: Sacred Heart Catholic School, Martha Briggler, advisor
Second Place: Bentonville High School, Donald Payne, advisor, Bentonville School District

Region 2
First Place: Hot Springs High School, Tim Guest, advisor, Hot Springs School District
Second Place: Hot Springs High School, Tim Guest, advisor, Hot Springs School District

Region 3
First Place: Camden Fairview High School, Jeri Mosley, advisor, Camden Fairview School District
Second Place: Dierks High School, Crystal Smith, advisor, Dierks School District

Region 4
First Place: Trumann High School, Kristin Austin, advisor, Trumann School District
Second Place: Pangburn High School, Janet Reaper, advisor, Pangburn School District

Region 5
First Place: Little Rock Christian Academy, Susie Thompson, advisor
Second Place: Little Rock Christian Academy, Susie Thompson, advisor

Region 6
First Place: White Hall High School, Tiffany Evans, Susie Thompson, advisor, White Hall School District
Second Place: White Hall High School, Tiffany Evans, Susie Thompson, advisor, White Hall School District

Also recognized were Susie Thompson, Little Rock Christian Academy, in the category of Overall Advisor; Graham Goodloe, Mabelvale Middle School, Little Rock School District, in the category of Teacher Division; and Lillian Hemphill, Watson Chapel Junior High School, Watson Chapel 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.

Support for the Stock Market Game program during the 2014-15 school year was provided by the Arkansas Securities Department, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, D&R Hobbs LLC; Harvest Investment Strategies; Lou Graham, Morgan Stanley; Riceland; SIFMA Foundation; State Farm Insurance; Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc., and 3M Corporation.

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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