Statewide program administered through University fosters financial literacy for more than 3,500 middle and high schoolers

MURRAY, Ky. — On April 29, the Murray State University Center for Economic Education, part of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, honored more than 100 students and teachers from area schools who participated in the annual statewide Stock Market Game™competition.

The Stock Market Game™ is a statewide financial literacy program and online investment simulation where participants receive a virtual $100,000 fund that they can invest in stocks of real companies. Winners are determined by students’ portfolio values after a period of several weeks.

This year’s top winners included Webster County High School, whose team of students won first place in Kentucky for the fall 2018 competition. Caldwell County Middle School’s team took home first place in the west Kentucky region for the primary division.

Each year, local program winners are honored on the campus of Murray State with lunch, prizes, tours of campus and a keynote address aimed at providing a summative learning experience about financial literacy from an industry expert.

“We’re really proud of these kids for the work that went into managing their virtual portfolios,” said Todd Broker, director of the Center for Economic Education and Kentucky Stock Market Game™ coordinator. “This competition is a major part of the Center’s mission to support economic and entrepreneurial education in the classroom, community organizations, local government and more.”

This past academic year, more than 3,500 middle and high school students in more than 75 schools across the state of Kentucky participated in this program, administered directly through the Center for Economic Education.

Other participating schools at this year’s on-campus event were Hickman County High School, Calloway County Middle School, Four Rivers Career Academy, Chandler’s Elementary School, South Marshall Middle School and University Heights Academy.

The annual event is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Regions Bank, an organization that actively supports the promotion and development of financial literacy in K-12 students across the region.

Photo: On April 29, the Murray State University Center for Economic Education, part of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, honored more than 100 students and teachers from area schools who participated in the annual statewide Stock Market Game™competition. From left, Todd Broker, director of the Center for Economic Education and Kentucky Stock Market Game™ coordinator, takes a photo with students and teacher Jacqueline Raymer of Webster County High School, whose team won first place in Kentucky for the fall 2018 competition.

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