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Amazing gains lead to top finish for BC seniors in The Stock Market Game 

Filed in BCHS by on May 22, 2017

From left to right: BC seniors Tom Salamida and Aidan ForsythHow can you earn a 33 percent return on your investments? You could start by asking Bethlehem Central High School seniors Aidan Forsyth and Tom Salamida how they did it. Their virtual stock portfolio significantly outperformed the market and led them to a third place finish out of 744 teams in the Northeast region in The Stock Market Game, an online simulation of the global capital markets.

The Stock Market Game is offered through the SIFMA Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 educational organization dedicated to fostering knowledge of the financial markets. The Game engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and prepares them for financially independent futures. More than 600,000 students take part every school year across all 50 states. The Stock Market Game has reached 16 million students since its inception in 1977.

Working in their AP Economics class led by Economics Teacher Jason Majewski, Forsyth and Salamida were challenged to develop a successful investment portfolio by investing a virtual $100,000 over a 14-week period that began in October and ended this past April.

“The students are able to buy and sell real world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds,” said Majewski. “They are able to analyze and manage the risks associated with economic and political events in real time which allows them to have a better understanding of the capital markets.”

Majewski, who enrolls his students in The Stock Market Game every year, says it keeps the students engaged and committed to the outcome.

“Students can invest in the things that they know, like Google or Facebook,” said Majewski. “It’s not assigned to them, they have a stake in what they are doing and how they are learning.”

So how do the students keep track of their investments? Each team receives online daily portfolio updates on their current holdings, brokerage fees, interest and team rankings, allowing the students to learn both the struggles and the rewards of investing.

By the end of the 14-week period, BC seniors Forsyth and Salamida had a 33% return on investment with 22% of that return above the stock market growth, which led them to the third place spot in The Stock Market Game for the 2016-17 year.

BCSD would like to congratulate Aidan and Tom for their achievements!