Racing the clock and battling the market, students competed in the 2nd Annual Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge to be held for high school students in central Illinois. Over the course of two days, this unique event gave teens and adults alike the chance to experience a live simulation of Wall Street Stock Exchange in Bloomington and East Peoria. After a morning of lessons to familiarize students with the market and principals of responsible investing, teams of four from Bloomington High School and Normal Community High School competed in the high-tech stock exchange simulation. Each team started the afternoon with one million trading dollars to invest in 26 fictitious stocks but it was Walter Haggins, Casper Trainor, and Evan Turnbull from Bloomington High School who ended the simulation with the highest return on investment.
The evening sponsor event in Bloomington and in East Peoria the next day gave adults the same stock market simulation experience while raising money for local Junior Achievement programs. The winners from State Farm, State Farm Bank, and Enercon Engineering fought hard to rise to the top as competition was fierce!
Generous sponsors and participants raised $33,000 which will reach over 1,000 students through hands-on experiential programs. The event was made possible by State Farm Bank, Chase Bank, Commerce Bank, Eaton Corporation, and Illinois National Bank.