Over 780 students from 36 South Dakota schools participated in the fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG). Students took part in a 10 week stock market simulation coordinated through the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University.
Out of 27 teams, the top three places for winning portfolios in the college division were swept by BHSU students. First place went to Jesse Vrooman, senior composite business administration major from Miller, $103,707; second place was Jennifer Hoscheid, senior composite business administration major from Pierre, $100,546; third place went to Colt Pettit, freshman history major from Belle Fourche, 97,411.
The high school division had 236 different teams take part this session. The first place team was: Great Plains Lutheran High School, advised by Bert Falak, with an ending portfolio of $145,913; second was Brandon Valley High School, advised by Lana Main, with $134,095; third place went to Rapid City Stevens High School, advised by Carol Nielsen, with $112,943. Other winners were; fourth place, Howard High School, advised by David Carmon, $110,329; fifth place, Great Plains Lutheran High School, advised by Bert Falak, $109,587; sixth and seventh places went to Rapid City Stevens High School, advised by Carol Nielsen, with portfolios of $109,448 and $108,237 respectively; and eighth place went to Harrisburg High School, advised by Matthew Genrich, $108,168.
The top three middle school division winners, out of 27 teams, were; first place, Whittier Middle School, advised by Jean Tlustos, with a portfolio of $105,684; and second and third went to Belle Fourche Middle School, advised by Kristy Messner, with portfolios of $105,417 and $102,353 respectively.
The SDSMG program motivates students and supports teachers in building lifelong learning skills, according to Don Altmyer, director of the BHSU Center for Economic Education and SDSMG coordinator. Teachers have successfully used the program to enliven core academic subjects including math, social studies business, economics, personal finance and language arts. Teachers like the vast library of on-line learning materials correlated to national standards. This resource has inspired many teachers to incorporate the program into classes in creative ways from fourth grade to college. Students who participate gain confidence and build self-esteem while having fun learning as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world.
The South Dakota Board of Education recently mandated an economics or personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement. Teachers have found the program to be an excellent way to integrate the program into high school economics or personal finance courses using materials and lesson plans that conform to national content standards. Sponsors for the South Dakota Stock Market Game are the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industries Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Central States District and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.
The Spring 2009 SDSMG session starts Feb. 9 and ends April 17. Teachers may register now at www.stockmarketgame.org select Registration, USA, South Dakota and follow the prompts to submit the online registration. Registered teachers receive free teacher training webinars on the South Dakota Stock Market Game the week before the game starts. Contact BHSU CEE Director Don Altmyer at DonAltmyer@BHSU.edu or call 605-642-6266.