Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
A team of three students in Kamau Street’s economics and personal finance course at Battlefield High School finished in second place in the Virginia Stock Market Game™. Over 2,000 teams statewide competed. The team, made up of juniors Caleb Clark, Ethan Moss, and David Olson, was also recognized as the top high school team overall.
The Stock Market Game™ is sponsored statewide by the Virginia Council on economic education. It’s a rigorous educational simulation where student teams compete by investing $100,000 in an online, virtual stock portfolio. Students learn investment strategies and research to apply their investment ideas in a real-world stock market environment.
The online format of The Stock Market Game™ allowed the spring competition to continue after the COVID-19 closure of schools in Virginia.
“Caleb, Ethan, and David excitedly monitored their stock performance daily until school closed,” said Street. “That enthusiasm stayed with them… [A]lthough we were not able to meet in class, we set up a few Microsoft Teams meetings and emails… [Those] enabled the team to continue collaborating and maintain a strong stock portfolio.”
The team, dubbed “Insurance Fraud,” used investment strategy to grow their $100k over 12 weeks into a total equity value of $153,256.06 (65 percent growth). At one point during this time, the students’ portfolio was worth over $200k.
Congratulations to these students for their top performance in this learning activity.