(MIDDLEBURG) — Legislators from across the state are participating with students in the Stock Market Game Legislative Challenge sponsored by EconomicsPennsylvania, the single largest not-for-profit economic education organization in the Commonwealth.

The statewide competition involves teams of students challenging local legislators to determine who can amass the largest stock portfolio in the Spring Stock Market Game, which is open to teachers and students grade 4-12.  The game is a ten-week simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks chosen from the American, New York and NASDAQ markets.

Locally, Senator John Gordner (R-27) is competing against Karli Arbogast, Marci Blyler, Sam Delong, Jarret Erb, Logan Fitzgerald, Lori Grove, Dylan Hassinger, Evan Herbster, Danielle Herman, Emma Hostetler, Devaughn Johns, Hunter Jordan, Chorise Minium, Andrew Reigle, Kevin Spickler, Kierra Stahl, Kassidy Strawser and Jordan Wise taught by Brenda Flanders at Midd-West High School.

Senator Gordner said he is pleased to participate in this special activity because it increases student awareness of economic principles and concepts and is a hands-on, real life experience.  “The Stock Market Game not only teaches about the U.S. economic system but helps sharpen decision-making skills, encourages interest in effective financial management and helps foster positive research and team building relationships.  EconomicsPennsylvania and Brenda Flanders are to be commended for making this opportunity available and I am pleased to be part of the program.”

Senator Gordner said he was particularly impressed with the choices made by the students at Midd-West who chose to invest in a diverse selection of stocks. For instance, the students chose to invest in Boeing and Toyota because the prices were low at the time of purchase and both companies have a history of solid performance. Two other choices were Target and Yum! Brands (parent company of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut) because of how well the stocks were trending and an added bonus, the students like their products.

Carolyn Shirk, Vice President of EconomicsPennsylvania, expressed appreciation to Senator Gordner and Midd-West School District saying, “Since young people represent 100 percent of our future, we must do all we can to help them understand the concepts of economic literacy that will assist them in becoming productive members of the workforce, informed voters, prudent savers and investors, and leaders equipped to deal with current world events.”

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