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Stock-savvy students receive rewards and recognition

Stock-savvy students receive rewards and recognition

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

January 15, 2018

For Release to Media in the following counties:
Benton, Chicot, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Greene, Jefferson, Lawrence, Miller, Nevada, Prairie, Pulaski, Scott, Union, Washington, White, Yell,

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STOCK SAVVY STUDENTS RECEIVE REWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Money knowledge mastered during investment simulation will bring lifelong benefits

LITTLE ROCK— While national headlines repeatedly warn of widespread financial illiteracy among Americans, thousands of Arkansas students are proving the critics wrong. Now the best of them were honored for winning first- and second-place during the Fall 2017 Stock Market Game. These successful junior investors received medals, cash and public recognition during an awards luncheon hosted by Economics Arkansas at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock January 10.
“After our win, I have much more confidence in our ability to handle money and investments,” said Lauren Nagel, a high school student at Ozark High School, Franklin County. She and her team mate, Anna Grace Gibbons, won first place in the High School Division in Northwest Arkansas. She continued: “We gained the confidence that will help us in the future when we invest in real money. I have learned that overall, investing in the stock market is not as difficult as it may seem and it really can pay off in the end.”
Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization that trains educators how to integrate economics and personal finance concepts into the PreK-12 classroom curriculum, hosts the Stock Market Game program each fall and spring semester. This investment simulation competition for students in grades 4-12 challenges participants to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio of $100,000 over the course of 12 weeks. Not only do students learn key saving and investing principles, but also hone their math, business, communication, economics and analytical skills.

The winners of the Fall 2017 session are:

Elementary
Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First Place, Old High Middle School, Shannon Schoeller, Bentonville
Second Place, Bernice Young Elementary School, Wendy Peters, Springdale
Region 2, First Place, Sheridan Intermediate School, Sherri DeSoto, Sheridan
Second Place, Danville Middle School, Courtney Hatfield, Danville
Region 3, First Place, South Arkansas Christian School, Bobby Beaird,
Second Place, College Hill Academy of Design, Shedrich Franklin, Texarkana
Region 4, First Place, Walnut Ridge Elementary School, Tonda Brand, Lawrence County
Second Place, Walnut Ridge Elementary School, Tonda Brand, Lawrence County
Region 5, First Place, Arnold Drive Elementary School, Rick Kron, Jacksonville North Pulaski
Second Place, Hazen Elementary School, Pam Chandler, Hazen
Region 6, First Place, Lakeside Elementary School, Jennifer Armstrong, Lakeside
Second Place, Lakeside Elementary School, Jennifer Armstrong, Lakeside

Junior High
Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First Place, Ozark Junior High School, Jessica Culver, Ozark
Second Place, Ozark Junior High School, Jessica Culver, Ozark
Region 2, First Place, Waldron Middle School, Doug Maxwell, Waldron
Second Place, Waldron Middle School, Doug Maxwell, Waldron
Region 3, First Place, Barton Junior High School, Tyronza Bibby, El Dorado
Second Place, North Heights Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, Dametra Conway, Texarkana
Region 4, First Place, Bradford High School, Tabitha Owens, Bradford
Second Place, Greene County Tech Junior High School, Libby Mason, Greene Co. Tech
Region 5, First Place, Pinnacle View Middle School, Graham Goodloe, Little Rock
Second Place, Des Arc High School, Con Sullivan, Des Arc
Region 6, First Place, Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, Watson Chapel
Second Place, Watson Chapel Junior High School, Lillian Hemphill, Watson Chapel

High School
Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First Place, Ozark High School, Jessica Culver, Ozark
Second Place, Ozark High School, Jessica Culver, Ozark
Region 2, First Place, Danville High School, Jessica Carroll, Danville
Second Place, Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts, Carl Frank,
Region 3, First Place, Nevada High School, Laura Bridges, Nevada
Second Place, Emerson High School, Dianne Herring, Emerson Taylor Bradley
Region 4, First Place, Paragould High School, Albert Tiner, Paragould
Second Place, Pangburn High School, Janet Reaper, Pangburn
Region 5, First Place, North Little Rock High School, Michael Huels, North Little Rock
Second Place, North Little Rock High School, Michael Huels, North Little Rock
Region 6, First Place N/A
Second Place N/A

Doug Maxwell of Waldron Middle School won in the category of Overall Advisor; Candice Duncon of Elmwood Middle School won in the Teacher Division.

More than 1,600 teams (almost 5,000 students) participated in the Fall 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 or 12 weeks in the fall and in the spring or—new in 2017-18—a yearlong version from September through April. 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 exceeds 10,000.
Financial support for the Stock Market Game program during the 2017-18 school year has been provided by the Arkansas Securities Department; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Central Arkansas Planning & Development Commission; D&R Hobbs LLC; Donors Choose; Lou Graham, Morgan Stanley; the Riceland Foundation and Stephens Inc.

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

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