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Playing the stock market heralds first-place finishers in competition

By: Bonnie Krueger


SkiYah Martin and Mia Broemmelsick, known as Team Skimi, won first place in the regional Stock Market Game.

Wildwood Middle students Mia Broemmelsick and SkiYah Martin, known as Team Skimi, won first place in the regional Stock Market Game. They competed against 207 student teams from multiple school districts.

The Stock Market Game is a simulated competition where students pretend to buy and sell stocks over a 10-week period. While students start the game with $100,000 in fictitious money, they are serious participants in the program.

“It was a shocker that we won first place,” shared eighth-grader Martin. “I focused on brands that I knew and see in everyday life. I did research on these companies to see how they did during the last couple of years in the stock market. The information I gained from my research gave me confidence to make decisions about what to do with the stocks.”

Broemmelsick added, “We were fortunate to buy stocks that were going up really fast, so we got a lot of money back.”

Students participated in the project through their Stretch class with teacher Peg Anglin-Rekowski.

“We had 12 teams out of the 207. Their goal was to make as much money as they could,” Anglin-Rekowski said. “We had guest speakers who gave them tips. The kids really got into it!”

Anglin-Rekowski provided additional motivation for the students to work hard. She had a class competition to see who came out on top each week with the highest earnings. The winner earned a treat. She also kept them informed about where they ranked compared to the other teams in the region.

Roxanne Gerami and Madigan Jeffries formed Team Radigan. They finished fourth in the competition.

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