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Student Investors Rewarded for Smart Stock Selections

Student Investors Rewarded for Smart Stock Selections

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Marsha Masters, Associate Director
501-682-4350
Marsha@economicsarkansas.org

May 19, 2017

STUDENT INVESTORS REWARDED FOR SMART STOCK SELECTIONS
Taking risk and choosing a diversified portfolio key to investment success

LITTLE ROCK—More than 100 Arkansas students from elementary and secondary schools received awards last week for their investment savvy and stock picks.

The first- and second-place winners of the Spring 2017 Stock Market Game received cash awards and trophies during a luncheon hosted by Economics Arkansas at Verizon Arena May 10. The Stock Market Game is an investment simulation competition for students in grades 4-12 that challenges participants to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio of $100,000 over the course of 10 weeks.

The state’s top team was from Forest Park Elementary School, Little Rock School District, with a return of more than 20 percent. Team members Robert Hodges and Thomas Mayfield credited their dedication to research, efforts to diversify their stock selections and willingness to take risks for their success. “Go big or go home,” said Thomas, a 5th grade student. Their teacher advisor, Jason Finney, shared the team’s win and also won in the category of “Overall State Winner.”

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.

The winners of the Spring 2017 session are:

Elementary School Awards
Region 1
First Place: Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Lynn Massey--advisor, Springdale School District
Second Place: Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Lynn Massey, Springdale--advisor, Springdale School District

Region 2
First Place: Cutter Morning Star Elementary School, Deborah Giusti--advisor, Cutter Morning School District
Second Place: Cutter Morning Star Elementary School, Deborah Giusti--advisor, Cutter Morning School District

Region 3
First Place: College Hill Academy of Design, Shedrich Franklin--advisor, Texarkana School District
Second Place: College Hill Academy of Design, Shedrich Franklin--advisor, Texarkana School District

Region 4
First Place: Rector Elementary School, Lance Mabrey --advisor, Rector School District
Second Place: Bradford Elementary School, Debbie Roberts--advisor, Bradford School District

Region 5
First Place: Forest Park Elementary School, Jason Finney--advisor, Little Rock School District
Second Place: Arnold Drive Elementary School, Rick Kron--advisor, Jacksonville North Pulaski School District

Region 6
First Place: Moody Elementary School, Tiffany Evans--advisor, White Hall School District
Second Place: Moody Elementary School, Tiffany Evans--advisor, White Hall School District

Junior High School Awards
Region 1
First Place: Virtual Arkansas, Kayla Fletcher --advisor
Second Place: Ozark Junior High School, Jessica Culver--advisor, Ozark School District

Region 2
First Place: Subiaco Academy, Shirley Kiefer--advisor
Second Place: Poyen High School, Janet Wallace--advisor, Poyen School District

Region 3
First Place: Magnolia Junior High School, Jonathan Gosdin--advisor, Magnolia School District
Second Place: North Heights Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, Dametra Conway --advisor, Texarkana School District

Region 4
First Place: Beebe Junior High School, Lori Shannon --advisor, Beebe School District
Second Place: Beebe High School, Mark Pinkerton--advisor, Beebe School District

Region 5
First Place: Little Rock Central High School, Tim Guest--advisor, Little Rock School District
Second Place: Vilonia Freshman Academy, Marla Baker--advisor, Vilonia School District

Region 6
First Place: Watson Chapel Junior High School, Russell Johnson--advisor, Watson Chapel School District
Second Place: Watson Chapel Junior High School, Russell Johnson--advisor, Watson Chapel School District

High School Awards
Region 1
First Place: Southside High School, Kelley Todd--advisor, Fort Smith School District
Second Place: Mountain Home High School Career Academies, Johnny Caststeel--advisor, Mountain Home School District

Region 2
First Place: Subiaco Academy, Shirley Kiefer--advisor
Second Place: Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts, Carl Frank--advisor

Region 3
First Place: Harmony Grove High School, Jennifer Waters --advisor, Harmony Grove School District
Second Place: Emerson High School, Dianne Herring --advisor, Emerson Taylor Bradley School District

Region 4
First Place: Greene County Tech High School, Deborah Kiestler--advisor, Greene County Tech
Second Place: Hoxie High School, Sherry Moore --advisor, Hoxie School District

Region 5
First Place: Little Rock Central High School, Tim Guest, Little Rock School District
Second Place: Lonoke High School, Wesley Ader --advisor, Lonoke School District

Region 6
First Place: White Hall High School, Robbie Stewart--advisor, White Hall School District
Second Place: White Hall High School, Robbie Stewart--advisor, White Hall School District

Tim Guest of Little Rock Central High won in the category of Teacher Division.

Almost 2,770 teams (approximately 4,500 students) participated in the Spring 2017 session.

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 how to research and 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 and medals. Annual student participation averages 10,000.

Support for the Stock Market Game program during the 2016-17 school year was provided by the Arkansas Securities Department; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; D&R Hobbs LLC; Delta Dental; Donors Choose; Lou Graham, Morgan Stanley; SIFMA Foundation; Schmieding Foundation; Stephens Inc.; Riceland Foundation, and 3M Corporation.

Note to media: Photos and names of members of most student teams are available upon request.

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