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Proviso West Students Master Business Skills through National Stock Market Game

Proviso West High School’s business students are mastering math and engaging in analytical thinking and teamwork while developing core skills from the business world by participating in The Stock Market Game with other students across the region.

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. Students in Mrs. Karen Sassetti’s Business Ownership class at Proviso West are currently enrolled in the state of Illinois’ Stock Market Game. The class was divided into 5 teams. Over the last 4 months, the students have managed a simulated stock market portfolio. One of the student teams reached 2nd place in the region—out of over 700 schools.

“It’s getting exciting,” said Sassetti. “This game has reinforced essential skills and concepts in critical thinking, decision-making and cooperation, independent research, saving and investing. With just a few weeks left in the game, we are concentrating on getting our teams to the number one spot. I’m very proud of the work that my students put into this. The students did so well with it and they learned a great deal.”

The class has spent several weeks learning about the stock market and how to put together diversified stock portfolios. Each week the class reviews their investments and buys and sells stocks in order to increase their holdings. Though the game is about business and investing, students say it has also helped them to develop other important life skills.

“The game taught us how to manage money,” said Proviso West junior Myrail Harris. “We learned how to adjust our investment decisions based on changes in the market. We watched how stocks went up and down. We learned how to invest, and we learned what to put our money into.”

Many of the students in class are aspiring entrepreneurs and future business owners. In a sense the game has given them practice for their futures. Proviso West junior Trenzell Dell’s team held second place in the regional stock market competition. He too is a budding entrepreneur.

“Our team learned how to pick companies with high potential for growth,” said Dell. “We learned that stocks can go up and down and that nothing is guaranteed when you’re investing. It was a good experience to invest in the stock market without real money and see what happens. Practice makes perfect.”

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.

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