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25 Schools, School Districts Among Winners of Investment Simulation Competition

25 Schools, School Districts Among Winners of Investment Simulation Competition

For more information, contact:
Marsha Masters, Associate Director
501-682-4350
Marsha@economicsarkansas.org 
    
April 30, 2020

For Immediate Release
For Release to Statewide Media 

25 SCHOOLS, SCHOOL DISTRICTS AMONG WINNERS OF INVESTMENT SIMULATION COMPETITION
State winner is Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock School District 

LITTLE ROCK– Despite the statewide school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, student teams from 25 Arkansas schools and school districts managed to finish the Stock Market GameTM program to take top honors during the spring 2020 and year-long 2019-20 sessions. The state winner of this investment simulation competition facilitated each year by Economics Arkansas is Pinnacle View Middle School of the Little Rock School District.

“The Stock Market Game is the best tool that I use for teaching about economics and its real world applications that all students can relate to,” said Graham Goodloe, the Stock Market Game advisor at Pinnacle View Middle School. 

His student teams won the first and second place in their region and division at both the spring and year-long competitions, with the first-place winners increasing their portfolios to $178,534.04 and $208,029.73, respectively, reflecting returns of more than 78 percent and more than 108 percent. Graham also won the spring overall advisor and teacher divisions and the year-long advisor division. 

“I always have high interest, high buy in, and all of my learners are engaged,” Goodloe said. Even after the school closed due to COVID-19, his students were able to continue playing the game remotely. “This is a certain strength of The Stock Market Game. Once a student has an understanding of all the features of the learning platform and a feel for the swings in the market, they can participate in the game without a classroom setting,” Goodloe said. 

The Stock Market Game challenges students in grades 4-12 to grow a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio over the course of 13 weeks each fall and spring semester or the whole school year. The winners of each session receive cash prizes, awards and, traditionally, public recognition during an awards luncheon at the end of the school year. The 2020 luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The spring session ran from January 13 through April 10; the year-round session, from Sept. 9, 2019, through April 17, 2020. 

The spring 2020 and the year-long 2019-20 winners, listed by region and division, are: 

2020 Spring

Elementary

Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First  Place, Jones Elementary School, Lynn Massey, Springdale
Second Place, Jones Elementary School, Lynn Massey, Springdale
Region 2, First Place, East End Intermediate School, Angie Walters, Sheridan
Second Place, Sheridan Intermediate School, Sherri DeSoto, Sheridan
Region 3 , First Place, College Hill Middle School, Liz Carter, Texarkana
Second Place, College Hill Middle School, Liz Carter, Texarkana
Region 4, First Place, Midland Elementary School, Allison Martin, Midland
Second Place, Kensett Elementary School, Kerry Daughety, Riverview
Region 5, First Place, Forest Park Elementary School, Jason Finney, Little Rock
Second Place, Baker Elementary School, Susan Fountain, Pulaski County Special
Region 6, First Place, Moody Elementary School, Tiffany Evans, White Hall
Second Place, Gandy Elementary School, Tiffany Evans, White Hall

Junior High

Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First Place, Lakeside Junior High School, Justin Brantley, Springdale
Second Place, Lakeside Junior High School, Justin Brantley, Springdale
Region 2, First Place, Cutter-Morning Star High School, Deborah Giusti, Cutter-Morning Star
Second Place, Sheridan High School, Victoria Smith, Sheridan
Region 3, First Place, North Heights Junior High School, Dametra Conway, Texarkana
Second Place, North Heights Junior High School, LaToya Philips, Texarkana
Region 4, First Place, Midland Junior/High School, Allison Martin, Midland
Second Place, Midland Junior/High School, Allison Martin, Midland
Region 5, First Place, Pinnacle View Middle School, Graham Goodloe, Little Rock
Second Place, Pinnacle View Middle School, Graham Goodloe, Little Rock
Region 6, First  Place, Lakeside Middle School, Jennifer Armstrong, Lakeside-Lake Village
Second Place, Lakeside Middle School, Jennifer Armstrong, Lakeside-Lake Village

High School

Award, School, Advisor, School District
Region 1, First Place, Bergman High School, Richard Quattlebaum, Bergman
Second Place, Bentonville West High School, Skyler Wiens, Bentonville
Region 2, First Place, Cossatot River High School, Chris Sutterfield, Cossatot River
Second Place, Danville High School, Jessica Carroll, Danville
Region 3, First Place, Harmony Grove High School, Jennifer Waters , Harmony Grove
Second Place, El Dorado High School, Jason Sanders, El Dorado
Region 4, First Place, Walnut Ridge High School, Mary Smith, Walnut Ridge
Second Place, Valley View High School, Jennifer Wray, Valley View
Region 5, First Place, Baptist Preparatory School, Angela Hopkins, 
Second Place, Cabot High School, Stephanie Wade, Cabot
Region 6, First Place, Lakeside High School, Jennifer Armstrong, Lakeside-Lake Village
Second Place, White Hall High School, Robbie Stewart, White Hall

After School

Award, School, Advisor, School District
First Place, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Carl Frank, ASMSA
Second Place, Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club, Victoria Fields

Overall Advisor, Graham Goodloe, Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock School District
Teacher Division, Graham Goodloe, Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock School District


2019-20 Year-long Winners 
Elementary

Award, School, Advisor, School District
First Place, Sheridan Intermediate School, Sherri DeSoto, Sheridan
Second Place, Monticello Middle School, Anita Skinner, Monticello

Junior High

Award, School, Advisor, School District
First Place, Pinnacle View Middle School, Graham Goodloe, Little Rock
Second Place, Pinnacle View Middle School, Graham Goodloe, Little Rock
 
High School

Award, School, Advisor, School District
First Place, Southside High School, Casey Fisher, Fort Smith
Second Place, Bentonville High School, Donnie Payne, Bentonville
 
After School

Award, School, Advisor, School District
First Place, Arkansas School for Mathematics,  Sciences, and the Arts, Carl Frank, ASMSA
Second Place, Carver Magnet Elementary School, Jason Crader, Little Rock
 
Overall Advisor, Graham Goodloe, Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock School District
Teacher Division, Susie Thompson, Little Rock Christian Academy

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 school year as fall, spring and year-long sessions. 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 13 weeks each semester or the duration of the school year. Teams of 1-5 students compete in 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 center for economic education. Teachers serve as advisors who teach 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 session in each division and region receive cash and awards, such as medals, trophies or banners.

Not only do students learn key saving and investing principles, but they also hone their math, business, communication, economics and analytical skills. 

The Stock Market Game is owned by the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association Foundation (SIFMA Foundation) and franchised to Economics Arkansas since 1999. The average annual participation has grown to more than 15,000 students. 

Financial support for the Stock Market Game program during the 2019-20 school year has been provided by the Arkansas Department of Education; the Arkansas Securities Department; Bank of America; Bob Hamilton; Centennial Bank, Jonesboro; D&R Hobbs Properties LLC; Eric Rob & Isaac; Farmers Bank & Trust, Magnolia; First Financial Bank; First Security Bank, Iberia Bank and Lou Graham/Morgan Stanley.

Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Arch Ford and led by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free-enterprise system using practical, innovative and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students may master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in the free-enterprise system. 

Economics Arkansas | P.O. Box 3447, Little Rock, AR 72203 | 501-682-4230 | www.economicsarkansas.org
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