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Washington, D.C. —After finishing in the top 1% in a 14-week, nation-wide, financial skills challenge, Newcastle High School demonstrated that not only can students learn the importance of investments and being financially educated, they can excel.
After competing against 1,600 other school groups from across the country, the group of Newcastle High School students finished 19th. With the goal of getting the highest return on a virtual $100,000 portfolio by investing in real world stocks, bonds and mutual funds, the Newcastle group was able to grow their investment by $11,086.37 in under four months. Last year students at Star Valley High School in Afton placed third in the nation. A Wyoming team has placed in the top 10 three times between 2004-2010.
The Stock Market Game is sponsored by the The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education, with the aim of teaching students important lessons in understanding global financial markets, public policy, personal finance and the economy. “Instilling the importance of being a smart money manager is key to helping students excel in school and in life,” said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, a former-small business owner and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants. “One of the greatest opportunities parents and teachers can provide children is teaching them early on about money and how investments work. Real world experience begins at home and in the classroom with life lessons that emphasize financial understanding and how to make money work for you.”   

Through the Stock Market Game, over 12 million 4th-12th grade students have advanced their understanding in areas of math, business, economics and consumer science since 1977.

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