A trio of students from the Colegio San José won this year’s Puerto Rico edition of “The Stock Market Game,” sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and Oriental bank.
Starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000, students strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation. They work together in teams, practicing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation as they compete for the top spot. The setup is engaging, and the learning is a natural part of the experience, according to the competition’s website.
The local winners were able to grow their virtual portfolio by 63 percent, to $162,932. Under the leadership of teacher Agustín Rivera, participants learn about the financial world and subjects like Mathematics, Business Education, Economics, English/Language Arts, Technology, Social Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences.
The team from Colegio San José school, led by teacher, managed to increase the investment portfolio.
Since 1977, more than 14 million students have participated in The Stock Market Game™ program, and more classrooms sign on every year. Today the program is available in all 50 states and worldwide. The game aims to promote understanding of the financial world among young people and teachers in public and private schools
Oriental offers two different awards to recognize the efforts of students and teachers at the end of each quarterly competition: the “Top Team Award” for the winning student group, consisting of a $3,000cash prize, and the “Mentor’s Award” for the outstanding teacher, which this year is an Android tablet.