Pair of North­side stu­dents win stock mar­ket game

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A pair of lo­cal stu­dents just might have an op­por­tu­nity as fi­nan­cial wiz­ards once they fin­ish their ed­u­ca­tion after tak­ing part in a stock trad­ing game and win­ning a first place prize at North­side Ele­men­tary.

The Ge­or­gia Coun­cil for Eco­nomic Ed­u­ca­tion hosts a Fall and Spring Ge­or­gia Stock Mar­ket Game each year across the state for stu­dent’s in ele­men­tary, mid­dle,and high school.

Stu­dents are given a pre­tend $100,000 and have to use that money to buy and sell stocks on the NYSE. This game teaches stu­dents how to build a bud­get, man­age money, buy and sell and about the sec­tors of the US econ­omy.

“I use this game to help teach my eco­nomic stan­dards given to me to teach 5th grade stu­dents. I put stu­dents into groups of two or three and we play this game for ap­prox­i­mately 8 weeks to see who can have the over­all high­est port­fo­lio value,” North­side Ele­men­tary teacher Joshua Bear­den said. “My win­ners for the fall game were Addy Smith and Jakhiya John­son.”

Bear­den said the pair in­vested their money into numer­ous stocks on the New York Stock Ex­change and ended up with a port­fo­lio value of $100,517.90.

They girls re­ceived a copy of the win­ning cer­tifi­cate and a lunch paid for from Zorba’s for their achieve­ment.

“This is my fourth year tak­ing part and us­ing the Ge­or­gia Stock Mar­ket Game in my class­room as a teach­ing tool to help teach my eco­nomic stan­dards,” Bear­den said. “My stu­dents get re­ally in­volved in this project based as­sign­ment and don’t even re­al­ize that they are learn­ing about eco­nom­ics at all.”

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