CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A Washington High School (WHS) student applied research, critical thinking, and analytical skills to compete in the Spring 2023 Stock Market Game™ competition. Brady DesRochers, a junior, was the second-place high school winner overall in West Virginia.
An educational non-profit organization called the SIFMA Foundation holds both a year-long competition and a spring Stock Market Game™. The foundation helps foster an understanding of the financial markets by having participants work individually or in teams of up to five to research and invest an imaginary $100,000 in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. DesRochers worked alongside other students in Mrs. Anders' Business and Marketing Essentials class throughout the year and feels he has gained a better understanding of investments and finances.
"I think this class has taught me a lot about how to manage money," DesRochers said. "I learned to trade stocks and ended up doing pretty well."
Students in Mrs. Anders' class have participated for the last four years. She said Brady and his classmates did an impressive job.
"Brady worked hard researching relevant and new investment opportunities to complete his portfolio. As a class, we tie the game to our content on the global economy and other economic indicators that affect the stock market daily. It is an honor to have a student place/win the game, as our competition is tough!"