Two Teams of Eighth Graders Earn Top Honors in Florida Stock Market Challenge

Two teams representing Berkeley were winners at the annual Florida Stock Market Challenge this year! Eighth graders Elana T., Julia R., Zoe L. and McKenzie K. were the overall champion in the competition and were joined by the second place team of Alexa C., Emily C. and Caroline H. at the University of Central Florida for the awards presentation of the stock market game.

Each year, our 8th graders compete in a state-wide stock market competition that encompasses middle schools, high schools and colleges. Students break into groups of three to four students and they work on the competition, which allows them invest $100,000 dollars into whatever stocks or bonds that they choose (as long as those items are traded on the New York Stock Exchange). As a group, the students buy and sell stocks throughout the length of the 16-week challenge.

Our first place team made a 61 percent return on their investment ($66,000 profit) and the second place team made a 15 percent return on their investment ($19,000 profit). Congratulations to the two teams, who not only had better results than every other middle school in Florida, they also edged out every other high school and college!

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