Fredonia students take fifth at Stock Market Challenge

A group of Fredonia High School Students who call themselves “4 Pockets Full” came in fifth place at the 10th Annual Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge in Buffalo.

Over 141 teams from 33 area high schools experienced the controlled chaos of the stock market trading floor Nov. 15 at the event, which took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Of the many sponsors for the event, Northwest Bank was the presenting sponsor of this unique computer-simulated stock market event. “Northwest is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s JA Stock Market Challenge. We couldn’t be prouder of the winners and all the students that participated,” said Trina Burruss, Regional Vice President and Community Relationship Officer at Northwest Bank.

Prior to the JA Stock Market Challenge, JA provided an in-class educational program called “JA Take Stock in Your Future.” Volunteers visited classrooms to teach students important facts about investments and the stock market in order to enhance students’ overall learning experience. “There is no better teacher than experience and they get it with this activity. It is worth the trip and all the preparation to see students who are sometimes disengaged to be actively involved in decision making and communication.” said Marian Gerhardy, Business Teacher at competing Byron-Bergen High School.

Proceeds from the JA Stock Market Challenge support the event, as well as Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career & work-readiness programs for kindergarten-12th grade students. In the 2017-2018 school year, Junior Achievement of WNY enriched the lives of 15,751 students in 161 schools and community organizations throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

The top four winning teams ahead of Freodnia were: “Risky Business” from Sweet Home High School; “Byron-Bergen Belfort’s” from Byron-Bergen Jr/Sr. High School; “Cra$hers” from Depew High School; and “The Defaults” from Falconer High School.