JA Stock Market Challenge

Two SFSD Teams Finish in Top 3 of SD JA Stock Market Challenge and with JHS Taking 3rd  in the Nation

The top three teams from the JA Stock Market Challenge hosted by Junior Achievement (JA) of South Dakota competed in the National Competition held virtually on Wednesday, May 10th. The JA Stock Market Challenge competition allowed students to experience a simulation of the Wall Street Stock Exchange. The teams were given $1,000,000 to invest in 25 fictitious stocks. With trading days lasting just 60-90 seconds, the goal was to see the highest return by making the best decisions during the frantic 60 “days”.

Representing schools across the eastern side of the state, 24 teams competed in the South Dakota event at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Wednesday, April 26th.  Prior to the competition, the students completed the JA Invest for Your Future program where students had an opportunity to learn about investing, savings, retirement, time value of money, and how the stock market works. 

Congratulations to the students on the winning teams from the South Dakota Event:

·       1st Place:  Jefferson High School – Dinoco - Drake Wardell, Julian Smith, Chris Sanborn, Petra Conzemius **Placed 7th in the National Competition

·       2nd Place: Dell Rapids HS – Baker Mayfield N Company - Brayden Pankoren, Camden Justice, Carter Traill, Ashton Schaaf

**Placed 9th in the National Competition

·       3rd Place: Lincoln High School – SKAAM – Shyla Lottman, Adilyn Becker, Aidan McGarry, Kseniya Halverson **Placed 18th in the National Competition

Junior Achievement would like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers, and teachers who worked together to make this event possible for the students! A special thank you the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business for being the Premier Sponsor for the student event. Junior Achievement provides hands-on programming in grades K-12 that connects what students are learning in the classroom to the real world. Volunteers from our community instruct students on personal and business principles that are relevant to their lives and are the foundation of financial stability and work readiness. Implementation of JA programming is made possible thanks to community volunteers and funds from businesses, individuals, foundations, and special events.