CROWN POINT | Each year, eighth-graders from St. Mary Catholic Community School participate in a national Stock Market Game competition.
In the competition, students from various grade levels are given $100,000 of pretend money to purchase stocks and track how they perform in real time. The activity helps students learn about investments and other facets of the stock market.
While teams work diligently trying to outperform the DOW and the S & P 500, the ultimate goal is to earn more money than other teams around the state and nation. This year, three of the top five middle school teams in northern Indiana came from St. Mary's.
The team made up of Megan Ritter, Rachel Martin, Madison Jurgensen, Marissa Okeley and Allison Gruszka, dubbed the High-Fivers, finished as second best middle school team in the state of Indiana and earned nearly $3,500 in mock interest over the course of the competition. Their superb performance earned them a spot in the state finals, in which they created an online info-graphic of their portfolio holdings.
"In case you're interested in some stock advice from a bunch of eighth-graders, the stock that brought in most of their profits was IBM," Principal Tim Ruiz said.