A team of students from San Juan’s Robinson School won this year’s local “The Stock Market Game” competition sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and organized locally by Oriental Financial Group.
The winners of the competition that aims to promote understanding of concepts like savings, investments and the market, foster responsible competition as well as teamwork, were able to make a hypothetical $100,000 investment fund grow by 39 percent.
“Students were very enthusiastic about the project and made such successful decisions that they achieved an outstanding performance, even with the environment that prevails in financial markets,” said teacher Víctor Quiñones, who mentored the group.
Oriental bestowed $3,000 to the winning students and a tablet computer to the teacher.
Over the course of the competition, now in its fifth year, students learn about the financial world on Wall Street, as well as subjects such as math, business education, economy, technology, and consumer science, among others.
Last year’s winners, the team from the Colegio San José in Río Piedras took this year’s second place, while another team from Robinson School nabbed the third spot. Saint John’s School and Baldwin School took fourth and fifth place, respectively.
“The Stock Market Game” program was created in 1977 to give educators a way to improve the learning experience in thousands of classrooms. Participating seventh to 12th grade students spend the entire school year investing in their simulated portfolio to learn about the way things work on Wall Street.