Door County Team Places First in Stock Market Game

(Left to right) The first place team from Southern Door included Lydia Kramer, Rachel Malcore, Kristin Rankin and Bailey Tlachac. Submitted photo.

A Southern Door team comprised of Lydia Kramer, Rachel Malcore, Kristin Rankin and Bailey Tlachac placed first out of 257 high school teams participating in the Spring 2015 Game Session of the Wisconsin Stock Market Game Program. On May 1, Elizabeth Reidel, vice president and national director of the Stock Market Game Program presented the girls with their first place medallions and certificates, backpacks and the school banner which is now proudly displayed in the classroom.

STEM students of Glen Vander Velden and second semester personal finance students of Maree Baumann were enrolled in The Stock Market Game (SMG). The teachers provided the fundamentals of investing and selection of companies to invest into the students and teams of four to five students created and managed an online investment portfolio.

The SMG is a collaborative project-based learning activity. Through peer collaboration and group work, teams discussed and entered trades. Students conducted research on companies for their portfolio simulation. Students learned how to read and understand stock quotes and how to watch and read what was going on in the world to see what might affect their companies’ prospects and also had to abide by the simulation’s Rules of Participation. This team kept up their portfolio well beyond the class project and went on to earn first place.