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Stock Market Game offers students a fun learning opportunity

The Stock Market Game (SMG) Program, administrated by New Mexico State University's College of Business, offers New Mexico students a fun way to learn about the American economy and how to invest in the stock market.


Students in grades fourth through 12th around the country can participate in teams of one to five on-line. The game is funded by the Foundation for Investor Education. By using the Internet, participants can research stocks and use other educational materials.

SMG is used to improve study skills by placing students in decision-making roles that require research, analysis and judgment. By working in teams, students can develop their interpersonal and cooperation skills and also the team's investing strategy.

SMG begins by giving each team a hypothetical $100,000 and during a 10-week period each semester the competitors make transactions with real stocks and mutual funds traded on the three major U.S. stock exchanges for which they are given actual closing prices. More information about specific rules is available at http://www.stockmarketgame.org.

SMG consists of four competitions - Portfolio Competition is based on the portfolio's final value; InvestWrite Competition is based on a national writing competition that adds a critical thinking component to reinforce the concepts learned; Strategy Summary Competition has participating teams submit a written essay answering questions on the InvestWrite site; and the FirstLight Federal Credit Union-Dona Anna County Competition recognizes local school teams based on their portfolio value and the winners are awarded a $50 savings account.

The top state and regional winners for each semester are presented with plaques, T-shirts and certificates, and every participating teacher's top team member receives certificates.

College students and adults also can play and learn from the SMG, but prizes are only awarded to student teams. Adults benefit by learning about securities trading and terminology in a fun, no-risk way.

All participants learn how to understand stock market quotes, how world events affect investments, how investments affect the economy, how to protect themselves against investment fraud and encourages awareness of the world of business and finance.

The ultimate goal of SMG is to provide investors and future investors with the knowledge to allow them to effectively participate in the American economic system by being more informed to make investment decisions.

Before the game each semester, training workshops are offered, during which game rules, research techniques, classroom uses of the program, and general investing information are provided. Anyone interested in participating can call (505) 646-3690 or log onto the main Web site and learn more about the program.

This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of citizens of our community and state.

Attached to this release is a list of New Mexico's first place student winners for the 2007-2008 academic year.

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The first place winners for the Stock Market Game 2007-2008 academic year include:

Fall 2007 Portfolio Competition
State Champions - Deming High School, teacher Jorge Avalos, student team Austin Hilton and Dexter Polley, Portfolio Final Value $122,776.32.
Northern Region High - Farmington High School, teacher David Sronce, Portfolio Final Value $107,813.39.
Central Region High - Cibola High School, teacher Tim Lewis, team Andrew Dazsi and Gabriel Sanchez, Portfolio Final Value $117,297.95.
Northern Region Middle - Heights Jr. High School, teacher Jan Baldridge, team Alisa Bealessio and Autumn Riea, Portfolio Final Value $106,393.92.
Southern Region High - Deming High School, teacher Jorge Avalos, student team Austin Hilton and Dexter Polley, Portfolio Final Value $122,776.32.
Southern Region Middle - La Plata Middle School, teacher Kristina Limardo, team Tanner Ellison, Portfolio Final Value $121,919.47.
Elementary School - Military Heights Elementary, teacher Karen Storey, team Alex Olesinski, Kaytlin Hannan and Lexi Hernandez, Portfolio Final Value $112,653.21.

Fall 2007 FirstLight Federal Credit Union-Dona Anna County Competition
High School - Mayfield High School, teacher Juan Armijo, team Daniel Dietz, Jonathan Allen and Sean Sauceda, Portfolio Final Value $105,940.91.
Middle School - Sierra Middle School, teacher Reben Nanez, team Jared Lemelin and Ronnie Sedillo, Portfolio Final Value 113,068.55.
Elementary School - Hillrise Elementary, teacher Dennis Woodward, team Diana Garcia, Brenden Harris, Joee Bencomo and Tezcatilpoca Soto, Portfolio Final Value $103,831.26.

Fall 2007 Strategy Summary Competition
Central Region High - Cibola High School, teacher Tim Lewis, team Jeremiah Fuertes and Gilbert Trujillo.
Southern Region Middle - Sierra Middle School, teacher Ruben Nanez, team Poosha Sudebi, Samantha Galvan and Yasmin Dominguez.

Fall 2007 InvestWrite Competition
Mayfield High School, teacher Brenda McNamara, student Alexandru Boje.

Spring 2008 Portfolio Competition
State Champions- Springer High School, teacher John Vlaun, team Christina Ortiz and Jordan Kear, Portfolio Final Value $126,080.66.
Northern Region High - Springer High School, teacher John Vlaun, team Christina Ortiz and Jordan Kear, Portfolio Final Value $126,080.66.
Northern Region Middle - 21st Century Public Academy Charter School, teacher Linda Wilson, team Jim Cella, Portfolio Final Value $117,777.22.
Southern Region High - Silva High School, teacher Renee Upton, team Britney Robles and John Stanley, Portfolio Final Value $120,949.02.
Southern Region Middle - P.R. Leyva Middle School, teacher Jeff Drybread, team AlexLee Moreno, Amber Cota, Jackie Perkins and Nico Chavez, Portfolio Final Value $112,350.04.
Elementary School - Hillrise Elementary School, teacher Dennis Woodard, team Bryce Rewalti, Brenden Harris, Ciara Luevano, Gabe Castillo and Stephan Chapman, Portfolio Final Value $102,285.72.

Spring 2008 Portfolio Challenge Rules
State Champions - La Cueva High School, teacher Flora Silva, team Eric Camp, Elena Lopez, Margareta Carter and Sarah Szurek, Portfolio Final Value $102,544.72.

Spring 2008 FirstLight Federal Credit Union-Dona Anna County Competition
High School - Las Cruces High School, teacher Philip Daly, team Carmen Duran, Kendra Garcia and Marlene Flores, Portfolio Final Value $108,882.95
Middle School - Sierra Middle School, teacher Ruben Nanez, team Christina Luevano and Andy Gutierrez, Portfolio Final Value $108,972.15
Elementary School - Hillrise Elementary School, teacher Dennis Woodward, team Bryce Rewalti, Brenden Harris, Ciara Luevano, Gabe Castillo and Stephan Chapman, Portfolio Final Value $102,285.72.

Investwrite Competition
Los Alamos Middle School, teacher Cindy Kindinger, team Maura Kathryn Taylor.