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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2009 Contact: Charles Evenson
608-266-2026

New Holstein High School Team Grabs First Place In Wisconsin Stock Market Game

Beats S&P 500 by 88 percent, makes $70,978.25 profit in 10 weeks

(Madison) A team from New Holstein High School (NHHS)) in New Holstein that made nearly $71,000 in hypothetical profit and beat the S&P 500 by 88 percent has won the statewide competition of the Wisconsin Stock Market Game (SMG) for the fall 2008 semester. Team members and their faculty advisor will receive Certificates of Appreciation signed by Governor Jim Doyle at a banquet February 4 at the Apple Creek Inn, 3177 French Road, De Pere, held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Members of the team include students Bryce Wick and Ryan Mayr. Their faculty advisor is Mary Shudy. NHHS came out at the top of the 2,011 teams competing in Wisconsin during the fall 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 Game competition. It’s a great way to learn about stocks and investing.”

The students used a hypothetical $100,000 to buy and sell stocks. Their trades resulted in the team earning the $70,978.25 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 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 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: 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.