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For Immediate Release
May 30, 2008 Contact: Charles Evenson
608-266-2026

Brookfield Central High School Team Takes First Place In Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation

Makes $60,839.97 profit in 10 weeks

(Madison) A high school team from Brookfield Central High School (BCHS)) in Brookfield that made over $60,000 in hypothetical profit has won the statewide competition of the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation for the spring 2008 semester. Team members and their faculty advisor will receive Certificates of Appreciation signed by Governor Jim Doyle at a banquet being held on Wednesday, June 4 at Bluemound Gardens, 11703 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Members of the team include students Mallory Meiklejohn, Rachel Kerwin, Andrew Ferguson and Emily Showers. Their faculty advisor is Marc Stanke. BCHS came out at the top of the 2,177 teams competing in Wisconsin during the spring 2008 period.

“These young students and their advisor deserve congratulations for their accomplishment,” said DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann. “They did a wonderful job against strong rivals. I encourage all Wisconsin 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 the team earning the $60,839.97 profit in the 10-week span. As a reward for topping the competition, the team also won a trip to New York City where members will get a guided tour on the floor of the stock exchange, a visit to Ellis Island and admission to a Broadway show. Midwest Express Airlines will provide air travel. Robert W. Baird & Company will pay all other expenses.

Wisconsin’s SMS program is sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin and supported by DFI. It is the largest program run by Stock Trak in the nation. More than 25 states participate. During the spring 2000 semester, nearly 20,000 Wisconsin students took 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 to a wide range of classes including social studies, math, economics, business and financial education. 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: www.economicswisconsin.org.

For more information about the SMS, contact Melissa Guzman, EconomicsWisconsin program coordinator, at (414) 221-9785 or email her at econed@economicswisconsin.org.