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Wake County Students Among Winners Named in the Inaugural Capitol Challenge of Statewide the Stock Market Game™ Competition

The North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) today announced the winners of its inaugural “Capitol Challenge.” Student teams throughout the state were paired with NC General Assembly members to compete with their peers for portfolio growth in the NC Capitol Challenge of the Stock Market Game™.

The Stock Market Game™ effectively utilizes technology and portfolio simulations to improve math test scores enhance students’ understanding of economic concepts and promote financial literacy. This year’s addition of the Capitol Challenge provided state legislators an opportunity to engage in student learning while serving as role models. Twenty-five general assembly members were involved in the program, sponsoring 53 teams of students.

The NC Capitol Challenge is supported by State Farm Insurance Company for the High School level, Fidelity Investments® for the middle school level and Fifth Third Bank for the elementary school level.

The high school teams named winners were from Leesville Road High School in Wake County in first place; Paisley IB Magnet in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in second place; and Hibriten High School in Lenoir County finished in third place.

At the Middle School level, the first place team was from Cary Middle School in Wake County; and the second and third place teams were from Bailey Middle School in Mecklenburg County.

Elementary honors all went to Fairview Elementary in Buncombe County with student teams finishing in first, second and third place.

Participating School, County, Teacher, and General Assembly Members:

School County Teacher General Assembly Member
Mills Park Middle School Wake Sharon Smith Representative Deborah K. Ross
Bailey Middle School Mecklenburg Rick Wall Representative Thom Tillis
Paisley IB Magnet School Forsyth Kieran Brown Representative Earline W. Parmon
Guy Phillips Middle School Orange Alvinia Boyd Senator Eleanor Kinnaird
Gibsonville Elementary School Guilford Phyllis McCoy Senator Phil Berger
York Elementary School Wake Valerie Alverez Representative Tom Murry
East Cary Middle School Wake Sarah Doepner Senator Josh Stein
Holly Ridge Middle School Wake Cheryl W. DelaCourt Senator Richard Stevens
Leesville High School Wake  Holly Laird Representative Marilyn Avila
McClintock Middle School Mecklenburg Mitchell D'Angelo Representative Ruth Samuelson
Rogers Herr Middle School Durham Crysta Hines Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.
Clyde A. Erwin High School Buncombe Mary Richards Representative Susan C. Fisher
Rockingham County High School Rockingham Michael Belter Representative Bryan R. Holloway
Ballantyne Elementary School Mecklenburg Cheri Lowe Representative Ric Killian
Fairview Elementary School Buncombe Greg Cheatham Representative Patsy Keever
Graham Elementary School Cleveland Susan Dedmon Representative Wes Westmoreland
Hibriten High School Caldwell John Spicer Representative Edgar V. Starnes
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Nash Barbara Mancari Representative Angela R. Bryant
West Johnston High School Johnston Catherine Musial Representative James H. Langdon, Jr.
Riverwood Elementary School Johnston Jennifer Vogel Representative N. Leo Daughtry
Cherokee High School Swain Sharon Bradley Representative R. Phillip Haire
Jefferson Elementary School Cleveland Susan Johnson Representative Mike Hager
South Charlotte Middle School Mecklenburg Norman Getsinger Senator Bob Rucho
Sun Valley High School Union Donna Nunn Representative D. Craig Horn
Watauga High School Watauga Jesse C. Stollings, Jr. Representative Jonathan C. Jordan

About the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game

SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game is a curriculum-based program where student teams in grades 4-12 learn long-term saving and investing fundamentals by using a hypothetical brokerage account. The program serves 20,000 teachers and 700,000 students annually. Teachers receive grade-level specific curriculum guides, lesson plans and newsletters to incorporate the program into their core mathematics, social studies, business, economics and language arts programs. For more on the Stock Market Game please visit: www.stockmarketgame.org.

About the North Carolina Council on Economic Education

The North Carolina Council on Economic Education was founded in 1970. NCCEE is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization working with K-12 teachers statewide to give our students a better understanding of economics and to prepare them for personal financial decision-making. With support from private businesses and foundations, the Department of Public Instruction, and the University of North Carolina system, NCCEE has been a tremendous example of an effective public-private partnership. More information on the NCCEE is available at www.nccee.org.