Lewis Fraser Middle School students Zaria Brunson, Matthew Carter, Aaron Kuhl, Tayhlor Martin and Vincent Pray recently put some economics lessons to use.
Advised by their teacher, Carol Corwin, they took a hypothetical start-up investment of $100,000 and in 10 weeks turned it into a portfolio with a value of $102,499, making them the winners of the fall trading session of the Stock Market Game for the Liberty County Schools.
The team will be honored at the annual Stock Market Game awards luncheon May 7 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta, where more than 600 students, teachers and parents will gather to recognize winning teams from across the state.
State School Superintendent John Barge will offer congratulations and the keynote speaker will be Geri Thomas, Georgia markets president for Bank of America.
Teachers across Georgia use the Stock Market Game as an educational tool for helping students develop a solid understanding of private enterprise and the larger economic forces that affect financial circumstances. More than 35,000 students in public and independent schools participate in the Stock Market Game in Georgia each year in fall and spring competitions.
Beginning with a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio, teams of up to five students use math, language and other skills they’ve learned in classes to research publicly-traded companies on the Internet, read business news and crunch numbers to figure out which businesses and industries are likely to do well in the current economy.
After 10 weeks, a statewide winner and runner-up are selected, along with the winning team from each public-school district or geographic region.