Southern Garrett High School Students Place in The Stock Market GameTM

Last Updated on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:45am |

     After picking stocks that propelled them to the front of the class, students from Athena Wilson’s RAMS period at Southern Garrett High School took three of the top ten spots for the 10-week Fall session of The Stock Market GameÔ program’s online portfolio simulation.  The winning teams competed at the High School level in Western Region, challenging 108  teams throughout the region and 1010 teams throughout the state. Competition between student teams throughout Maryland drew to a close at the end of the Fall session in December with the highest valued portfolios receiving recognition.
     The winning student teams include Crystal Tobery and Karley Gibson, placing 2nd by increasing their portfolio by over 12%; Anthony Lescaris and Brent Gephardt, placing 4th by increasing their portfolio by 10.5%; and Alexander Meyer and Joshua King, placing 6th by increasing their portfolio by 9%.  Their teacher, Athena Wilson, also participated in the Adult division of the game, finishing in 7th place in the State for that division.  The winning teams were recently recognized at Southern Garrett High School by Mr. Rob Sharps with First United Investments.
     The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online educational program for students. Serving more than 13 million students in grades 4-12 since its inception in 1977, SMG’s integrated curriculum has introduced students to the financial markets as they learn math, economics and the importance of long-term saving and investing. Students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in real stocks, bonds and mutual funds as they work in teams using a state-of-the-art Internet-based trading platform.  Mrs. Wilson’s students used iPads to participate in the competition by using a newly created App by SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education.
     Teachers use the SMG program’s online educational resource library as a tool to enhance student engagement with math, language arts, social studies, business, and technology, while integrating investment concepts into their existing curriculum. The cross-curricular lessons and materials support both Maryland and national Common Core State Standards. 
     The Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been training teachers and providing Maryland school systems with curriculum support for over 50 years.  The MCEE, along with its division the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy (MCFL), are working hard to ensure that Maryland’s children leave school prepared to make responsible economic and personal finance decisions.  The Maryland SMG has served more than 3,400 teams, including 379 teachers and over 13,000 students.  More information concerning the Stock Market Game can be obtained from Athena Wilson at Southern Garrett High School; Rob Sharps at First United Investments; and more information about the MCEE and MCFL can be found at: and

Pictured:  Front:  Athena Wilson, Teacher; Crystal Tobery; Karley Gibson; Rob Sharps, Sponsor, First United Investments; Back:  Josh King; Alex Meyer; and Brent Gephardt. Absent when picture was taken:  Anthony Lescaris.
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