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Middle schoolers take victory in stock

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Teams win statewide simulated investment game

By Kelly Cantrall

North Middle School this week is seeing a return on its investment in several students.

North Middle School students placed first and second in the Take Stock in Kentucky stock market game sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

Gloria Gayfield, Anthony Piasecki-Mullins and Joshua Riddle placed first in the game, and Samantha Heighter, Selena Pinkham and Hannah Gatrost placed second, according to the news release.

Students manage a simulated investment portfolio for 10 weeks, according to the release. They can research companies and stock data to make investment decisions with the virtual $100,000 with which they start the game.

“This is a prestigious honor for these students,” team coach Linda Gillispie said in the release. “The learning concepts they pick up from this experience are real-life. Hopefully some day they will be as successful in the real stock market as they were with this experience.”

The first-place team earned $111,209 and the second-place team earned $106,833, according to the release. The teams received prizes of $300 and $100, respectively.

“We are so very proud of our students for their hard work in the Take Stock in Kentucky game,” North Middle Principal Laura McGray said in the release. “They had to master math, technology, social studies, language arts and financial literacy skills to earn the state’s top spot. A lot of students and schools from across Kentucky competed and North Middle School came out on top. I just couldn’t be happier for these students.”