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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2009 Contact: Charles Evenson
608-266-2026

Neenah’s Tullar Elementary School Team Grabs First Place In Wisconsin Stock Market Game—Again!

Beats S&P 500 by nearly 94 percent, makes $103,415.70 profit in 10 weeks

(Madison) A team from Tullar Elementary School (TES)) in Neenah that made nearly $103,416 in hypothetical profit and beat the S&P 500 by 94 percent has won the statewide competition of the Wisconsin Stock Market Game (SMG) for the spring 2009 semester. Team members and their faculty advisor will receive Certificates of Commendation signed by Governor Jim Doyle at a banquet May 18 at Ridgeway Country Club, 2913 County Road II, Neenah from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TES also had the winning team for the fall 2007 semester competition.

Members of the team include students Annie Czech, Bailey Morton, Jennifer Sagehorn and Samantha Weiler. Their faculty advisor is—as it also was in 2007—Tim Hopfensperger. TES came out at the top of the 2,011 teams competing in Wisconsin during the spring 2009 period.

“ I congratulate these students and their advisor for a great job in a tough market,” said DFI Secretary Lorrie Heinemann. “It is an outstanding achievement for them to win. The fact that it is the second time this school has won makes it an even greater accomplishment.”

The students used a hypothetical $100,000 to buy and sell stocks. Their trades resulted in the team earning the $103.415.70 profit in the 10-week span. As a reward for topping the competition, the team won a trip to New York City May 28-29 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 other expenses.

Wisconsin’s SMG 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 fall 2008 semester, nearly 20,000 Wisconsin students took part. There are two separate 10-week competitions each year.

The SMG 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 sound decisions and become more 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: www.economicswisconsin.org.

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