Quick tip: Get your students excited about economics, investing and personal finance through the Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game program is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance, and prepares them for financially independent futures. More than 600,000 students take part every school year across the U.S. The Stock Market Game has reached 18 million students since its inception in 1977.

In 2019, for the second time, Orange Preparatory Academy (OPA) teacher Glenn Gamble’s students pulled top honors in competition, which is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation. The fall competitive round started Sept. 23 and ended Dec. 13. All teams were allocated $100,000 to invest in stock, bonds or mutual funds. OPA Teams were instructed to invest in the stock of at least ten companies that match their interest and/or hobbies. The winners will be recognized at a luncheon for all Northern New Jersey winners in May 2020.  During the recognition ceremony, OPA will be presented another banner to be displayed in the school.

The fall high competition had 703 teams. Seventeen of Gamble’s teams were in the Top 100. This year, for the first time, the high school division placed first and second. First Place winner Radre Cousin grew his portfolio by 29%, or 23% above the S&P 500 Growth Indes.  Second Place winner Darwin Sinchi grew his portfolio by 27%, or 21% above the S&P 500 Growth Index. 

For the second time, an OPA eighth-grader earned a top honor. Of the 248 teams in the middle school division Northern New Jersey Fall Competition, John Seide’s portfolio placed third with earnings of 19.8% or 14% above the S&P 500 Growth Index. In the spring 2019 competition OPA eighth-graders won first and second place.

To learn more about the Stock Market Game and how your students may participate, visit stockmarketgame.org.

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