NMS Students Excel in Stock Market Game
Mr. Brian Whitfield’s 8th Grade Business Class at Northern Middle School recently competed in The Stock Market Game sponsored by the North Carolina Council on Economic Education. The Stock Market Game gives students the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a real-time portfolio and compete against other teams of students across the state.
Of the 1,100 teams across North Carolina, made-up of early college, high school, middle school, and elementary students, Team Zanders Raiders came in 1st place overall with a return of over $28,000. Team Bakusquad finished in 9th place overall. Of the 9 teams participating from NMS, 4 teams finished in the Top 25 in the state and 7 teams finished in the Top 25 in the middle schools category.
Earlier this week, Ms. Sandy Wheat with the NC Council on Economic Education congratulated all teams and presented the winning teams with a trophy and medals. Additionally, the winning team members and Mr. Whitfield each received $100 cash in recognition of their achievement.
The NC Council on Economic Education is a non-profit organization that helps teachers be better prepared to teach students about economics, personal finance, business, and entrepreneurship. The Council provides professional development to teachers and also sponsors academic competitions, which in addition to The Stock Market Game include: The Economics Challenge and the Personal Finance Challenge.
Mr. Whitfield’s students thought they were playing a game, but were also learning life lessons that included: learning about business and investing, how the market economy operates, math skills, and teamwork. He stated, “Students came to class everyday excited to see how their stocks were performing and were thoroughly engaged in working as a team to learn how to best invest in their portfolios.”
Northern Middle School and Person County Schools are proud of all of the students who participated and would like to thank Ms. Wheat and the NC Council on Economic Education for providing these opportunities that promote financial and economic literacy.
More information about NC Council for Economic Education and The Stock Market Game can be found at www.nccee.org.