MURRAY, Ky. — More than 4,000 high school and middle school students across Kentucky participated in the Stock Market Game™ during the 2017–18 academic year through the Center for Economic Education at Murray State University.

The Stock Market Game™ is a financial literacy program that has impacted thousands of students and teachers across the Commonwealth for many years. While playing the game, student teams learn about saving, investing and planning for the future by investing a virtual $100,000 in stocks of real companies in a real-time Internet simulation. The program is now organized and operated by the Center for Economic Education at Murray State and Todd Broker, the center’s director and lecturer of economics in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.

“I receive feedback from teachers all over the state about how invaluable the Stock Market Game™ has been in their classrooms for teaching students not just financial literacy concepts but life concepts,” Broker said. “The program really is shaping students’ futures for the better.”

The Center for Economic Education held an awards luncheon honoring west Kentucky winners of the Stock Market Game™ on April 30 in Murray. Broker then visited six schools in a span of three days (May 21–23) to present awards to winning students from other parts of the state, including the following:

— Celtic Academy in Glasgow finished first in the west Kentucky region for middle schools in the Spring Stock Market Game™. The team consisted of teacher Michelle Lynch and students Max Lee, Emory Gardner, Gracyn Wellman, Avery Grieshop, Colby Brewster, Thomas Dickson and Kate Hans.

— North Laurel High School in London finished first in the east Kentucky region for high school students in the Year-long Stock Market Game™. The team consisted of teacher Deirdre Brewer and students Taylor Parsons and Celeste Jones.

— Horizons Academy in Bardstown finished first in the west Kentucky region for high schools in the Spring Stock Market Game™. The team consisted of teacher Chris Mattingly and students Chasity Morgan Clark, William Jacob Clark, Jose Miguel Quezada and David Richardson.

— St. Xavier High School in Louisville finished third statewide in the Year-long Stock Market Game™. The team consisted of teacher Danny Blaser and students Doug Shaffner and Jackson Bunting.

— Good Shepherd School in Frankfort had teams finish in both first and second place statewide in the Year-long Stock Market Game™. The teams consisted of teacher Mark Myers and students (second place) Anna Amato, Chef Gwandi, Riley Cecil and Arantza Valladares-Valles as well as (first place) Sofia Arnold, Lindsey Fister and Ty Hancock.

— Tates Creek High School in Lexington (pictured) finished second statewide in the Spring Stock Market Game™. The team consisted of teacher Angela Outland and students Graham Croley, Abdulhadi Hadi, Hussen Hadi and Sam Wyse.

The Center for Economic Education aims to develop economic knowledge and decision-making skills in K-12 students across the state of Kentucky. In addition to the Stock Market Game™, the Center partners with local businesses and community organizations to implement economic education into service-area schools, maintains an affiliation with the National Council on Economic Education and the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, produces and distributes teaching materials for K-12 teachers and supports economic and entrepreneurial training for K-12 teachers.

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