Sixth graders Trixie Coomes and Brady Ross were the middle school division’s runners-up in the statewide spring 2021 Stock Market Game sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation.
“My students really enjoyed participating. It allowed them to research a variety of companies, invest hypothetical money into the sectors that they felt would be successful, and then we continued to monitor and track their stock market portfolio progress over the course of the semester,” said Ashlee VanHoose, gifted & talented teacher and academic team coach at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. “This game made the stock market less of an abstract concept. My hope is that they will be more knowledgeable to invest in the future.”
Hundreds of Kentucky teachers use the online academic and life-skills educational program to boost students’ math, economics, and personal finance knowledge. One to four students invest an imaginary $100,000 to trade stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds on the NYSE and NASDAQ. They then follow current events and global news affecting the financial markets and place trades in real time online via computer or the SMG smartphone app. Winners of the fall, spring, and yearlong competitions generate the highest portfolio value or greatest growth against the S&P 500 index.