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Proviso West Students Place Top in the National Stock Market Game Competition

Proviso West High School’s business students placed 2nd and 3rd in the National Stock Market Game against 136 student teams across the nation.

“This is the first year we’ve placed out of 136 students across the region,” said Ms. Sassetti. “This year we spent two weeks doing research on companies, and that made all the difference in the world. Students put a lot into it. They researched their corporations and how the corporations got started. That’s why they did so well. It’s amazing.”

The Stock Market Game is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investments. During the game, students hone their math skills while engaging in analytical thinking and teamwork. The class was divided into 5 teams. Over the last 4 months, the students managed a simulated stock market portfolio. Out of over 700 schools, Proviso West students took 2nd and 3rd place—leaving only one spot to chance.

“I didn’t think we would win,” said Proviso West junior Camesha Sims. “I’m happy. We’ve never placed that high.”

The class spent several weeks learning about the stock market and how to put together diversified stock portfolios. Each week the class reviewed their investments and bought or sold stocks in order to increase their holdings.  Students say the unexpected high ranking is simply a result of all they have learned.

“We learned how to invest,” said Proviso West junior Dantrell Gardner. “We worked to invest in things that would make money long term. We spent time talking it over, and we finally decided how to invest by choosing the companies that make the most profits. We also chose the companies who make products that we use every day. It was fun learning about stock. The game opened me up to a lot of things.”

Proviso West senior O’Ron Manson agreed, “We learned how to pick good stocks, when to drop them, and when to buy. We also learned a lot about the New York Stock Exchange.”

While participating in The Stock Market Game, students used the internet to research news, updates, market trends, and other economic data. It served as an innovative way of learning core skills that will help them succeed in the classroom and in life. The Stock Market game was introduced in 1977 as the first educational stock market simulation. It now has more than 9 million student participants.

Congratulations Panthers! Way to Go!

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