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For Immediate Release
May 23, 2007 Contact: Charles Evenson

Stratford High School Team Takes First Place in Wisconsin Stock Market Competition

Makes $37,141 profit in 10 weeks

(Madison) A four-member team from Stratford High School (SHS) that made over $37,000 in hypothetical profit has won the statewide competition of the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation for the spring 2007 semester. Team members and their faculty advisor will receive Certificates of Appreciation signed by Governor Jim Doyle at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the Buck-A-Neer Supper Club in Stratford.

Team members include students Hannah Hayes, Derek Joswiak, Ashley Leick and Gaven Schwarze. Their faculty advisor is Cal Tackes. SHS topped over 2,400 teams from over 200 Wisconsin high schools.

“These students and their advisor deserve congratulations for their accomplishment,” said DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann. “I encourage all Wisconsin high school students to get involved in the Stock Market Simulation competition. It’s a great way to learn about stocks and investing.”

The students used a hypothetical $100,000 to buy and sell stocks that resulted in them earning the $37,171 profit in the 10-week span. As a reward for topping the competition, the team won a trip to New York City where members will get a guided tour on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a tour of Ellis Island and admission to a Broadway show. Their air travel will be provided by Midwest Airlines. All other expenses will be paid by Robert W. Baird & Company.

Wisconsin’s SMS program is sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin and supported by DFI. It is the third largest program in the nation. All 50 states participate. This year nearly 30,000 Wisconsin students will take part. There are two separate 10-week competitions each year.

The SMS is available to all public and private school students throughout Wisconsin. It is adaptable for a wide range of classes. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions and become informed about investment terms and economic concepts. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.

Teacher/advisor training on using the SMS program is required. It can be obtained through free training workshops held throughout the state or online via the EconomicsWisconsin website located at:

For more information about the SMS, contact Melissa Drasen, EconomicsWisconsin program coordinator, at (414) 221-9400 or email her at