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For Immediate Release
February 01, 2008 Contact: Charles Evenson

Team of 5th Graders from Tullar Elementary School Takes First Place In Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation Competition

Makes $100,625.69 profit in 10 weeks

(Madison) A four-member team of fifth graders from Tullar Elementary School (TES) in Neenah that made over $100,000 in hypothetical profit has won the statewide competition of the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation for the fall 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. Tuesday, February 5, at The Meadows restaurant, 1575 Plaza Dr. in Neenah.

Members of the team include students Jordan Altekruse, Julia Hopfensperger, Kevin Schuster and Cecelia Tesch. Their faculty advisor is Tim Hopfensperger. TES topped over 2,000 teams from over 200 Wisconsin schools.

“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 them earning the $100,625.69 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. 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 largest program run by Stock Trak in the nation. More than 25 states participate. This year nearly 20,000 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 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 on line via the EconomicsWisconsin website located at:

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