The TAHS team of Clayton Armstrong, Cameron Brown, Kendra Eppard, and Trevor Noble placed first regionally in the High School Division while TAHS's team of Addison Baugher, Megan Comfort, Hunter Hilbert, and Brennan Miller placed third regionally.
The 2014 edition of The Stock Market Game Teacher’s Guide describes the Stock Market Game as “an educational program of the SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) Foundation … 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.”
The Virginia Council on Economic Education administers the SMG for the Commonwealth. Locally, schools are supported by the JMU Center for Economic Education. Teams may consist of up to four players and a team participation fee of $10 is charged. The JMU Center for Economic Research helped fund the 12 teams at Turner Ashby.
The competitive portion of the game ran for 10 weeks students researched stocks in an attempt to identify companies that would experience a gain in value during the 10-week period. To win, students assumed a great deal of financial risk with their allocated $100,000. The winning teams were successful with holdings that included stocks from the cybersecurity, agricultural, technology, and energy sectors. Regional competitors include public and private schools in 22 Virginia counties and cities.
According to the Guide, “Nearly 600,000 students take part every school year across all 50 states and around the globe. The Stock Market Game has reached 13 million students since its inception in 1977.”
First-, second-, and third-place winning teams were recognized at the annual Stock Market Game Winners’ Reception hosted by the Center for Economic Education and held at JMU on May 18.