JA Stock Market Challenge | Junior Achievement of Central Iowa

JA Stock Market Challenge with Career Exploration Hour

When: April 9, 2019
Where: John Deere Financial Conference Center 
2019 JA Stock Market Challenge presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services 

The JA Stock Market Challenge is an exciting, fast-paced competition, which is centered on a software system that simulates a 60-day cycle of the stock market and its function of buying, selling, analysis and risk.  Every 60 seconds represents a day of trading.  The goal of each team (3-4 players) is to accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio at the close of trading.  The event is an evening of fun and excitement, where the stakes are high and the
competition is fierce.

The Career Exploration Hour at the JA Stock Market Challenge offers organizations a way to share their companies' expertise and potential opportunities for future employment or internship to the high school teams attending the Challenge. Students arrive prepared from receiving in-class programming that entails a background of each organization and prepares them with questionsto ask potential future employers.  

2019 JA Stock Market Challenge Committee:

Casey Decker – Committee Co-chair
Dave Moore – Committee Co-chair
Patty Dyar
Cindy Elsbernd
Brian Neitzel
Steve Probst
Lori Ristau
Rob TeKolste
Sean Vicente
Brian Waller
Collin Lane – staff
Katie Vine - staff
Tracy Zimmerman – staff

Sample Event Schedule
9:00 AM: Students Arrive
9:30 AM: Career Exploration
10:45 AM: JA Stock Market Challenge
Noon: Business Leader Luncheon

Sign Up as Sponsor or Corporate Team!

Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. Some sponsorships offer the opportunity to bring a corporate team to the evening event. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Contact Katie Vine, Community Impact Manager, for more information on how to sponsor a JA Stock Market Challenge .

Past High School Participants

60 teams representing 12 Central Iowa High Schools.
  • ADM HS
  • Ankeny- Centennial HS
  • Ankeny HS
  • APEX (Waukee)
  • Dowling Catholic HS
  • Madrid HS
  • Marshalltown HS
  • Norwalk HS
  • OA-BCIG High School
  • Saydel High School
  • Valley High School *2018 Winner*

Ready to Sign Up Your High School Students?
 Calling all high school teachers! Are you ready to sign up your high school students for the 2019 JA Stock Market Challenge and Career Exploration? Contact Collin Lane, Director of Programs, for more information.

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