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Econ students take 1st in Stock Market Game

Carl Sandburg High School Economics students recently received medals for earning first place in the Spring 2022 Southwest Suburban Region Stock Market Game for grades 9-12.

The winning team includes now-juniors Nick Zimmerman, Rafat Rafati and Ryan Tomczak and was coached by Economics teacher Christina Simpson.

The winning team started with $100,000 and ended with a total equity of $128,114. The best performing stocks of their portfolio were 1482 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU), 150 shares of Alpha Metallurgical Resources Inc (AMR), and 205 shares of Arch Resources Inc (ARCH). 

Economics teacher Christina Simpson says, “I use the game to teach the students about investing, the stock market, and business. I hope students have a better understanding of opportunities for investment, the balance of risk and reward, and stock market mechanics. It is also a fun way for students to collaborate and investigate current events, as well as build and utilize graph analysis and research skills.” 

The Stock Market Game is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and is an online simulation of global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance. In Illinois, it is sponsored by the Illinois Bankers Association. Ms. Simpson has been playing this game with students for nearly 2 decades.