“The Stock Market Game Tradition”

In 6th Grade Social Studies, it has become a tradition for the students to participate in the Stock Market Game. The Stock Market game is a state wide competition in which each student is put on a team. After each student is put on a team, they buy stocks in different companies that are popular or that are doing well with their stock prices. To start the game, each team has $100,000 put into their team account and each team’s goal is to make a profit off of the companies that they have invested in. 

After the first week or so after making investments, each team finds out where they are ranked not only against Thayer Central students, but also students from different schools across the state of Nebraska. The spring Stock Market game starts in the middle of January and just finished up a couple of weeks ago in the middle of April.

In this year’s competition, we had a team that finished in 4th place and those team members were Kayden Kuhlmann, Maggie Johnson, Damion Elznic, Aiden Degenhardt, Jordin Buster, and Candice Collins. This year was a difficult year in investing, but this team was able to make a profit of a little over $2,000 in just three months. They decided to invest in a variety of companies that included Apple, Advanced Micro Devices, Best Buy, Coca Cola, Irhythm Technologies Inc., Tesla, Exxon Mobil, and Zynga Inc. 

The idea of investing in a company is something that these 6th graders can take with them for the rest of their lives, and it really has been a fun and interesting learning experience. We would also like to send a BIG thank you to both Mr. Wiedel and Mrs. Baden for providing the 6th graders with some helpful hints to help them become more successful throughout the game.

We are very thankful that we were able to once again participate in this game this year and we look forward to participating in this game in the future.