JA Stock Market Challenge | Junior Achievement of Western New York

JA Stock market Challenge

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - "Wall Street comes to Buffalo"

Western New York's only live stock market simulation teaching students the ins and outs of finance and investing.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 the 11th Annual JA Student Stock Market Challenge will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  

  • 10:15 am Opening Bell
  • 11:45 am Closing Bell
  • 12:00 pm Student lunch and departure
  • 12:00 pm Corporate Sponsor Luncheon

Last year 530 high school students participated from 33 WNY schools in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Prizes are awarded to the top three teams and first place team also takes home the JA Stock Market Challenge Traveling Wall Street Bull Trophy for the year!

Teachers: For more information about the JA Stock Market Challenge, contact Alycia Ivancie, Sr. Education Manager at (716) 853-1381 x215 or aivancie@jawny.org

Sponsors: Contact Lisa Roy, Sr. Development Manager at (716) 853-1381 x212 or Lroy@jawny.org


Presenting Sponsor:    northwest

Future Financier Sponsor:      delta airlines

T-Shirt sponsor:      Trocaire College

Hot Stock Tip Sponsor:   

Trader Sponsor:      Tops Markeets   

News Release Sponsor:      Tops Markeets   Tops Markeets


Coffee Station Sponsor:      Zgoda & Associates CPAs, PC   

Corporate Luncheon Sponsrs:      Tops Markeets      Tops Markeets

Media Partner:      Tops Markeets

Student Portfolio:      

Student Lunch:       

Blue Chip Sponsors:

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; PwC; Reid Family Foundation/Crosby's

Preferred Share Sponsors:

Cannon Design; Confer Plastics Inc.; Curbell, Inc.;  The Evans Agency; KPMG; Lawley; Linde; Lippes, Mathias, Wexler & Friedman LLP; National Fuel Gas Company; Niagara University; Phillips Lytle LLP; SEFCU - Buffalo Branch; Seneca Foods Foundation; Uniland Development Company; WSF Industries, Inc. 

Common Share Sponsors:

The Bonadio Group; Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLC; Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association; Casteel Schoenborn; Delaware North Companies; Financial Trust Federal Credit Union; Freed Maxick CPAs; Goldberg Segalla LLP; Gramkee Financial Consulting; Harper International Corporation; Hodgson Russ LLP; KeyBank; Lakelet Capital LLC; L&M Wealth Management;  SendYourKidsToCollege.com; Stahlka Agency, Inc.; SUNY Erie Community College; TriMain Development; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Generous Team funding: The Lenna Foundation (Chautauqua County Schools) 

In Kind support from BlueCross BlueShield, Onion Studio Inc. 

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. 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! For more information, please contact Lisa Roy at 853-1381, ext. 212.



On November 15, 2018 a room filled with over 50 volunteers, 141 teams and 570 local students from 33 high schools experienced the thrill of the stock market trading floor at Junior Achievement's 10th annual JA Stock Market Challenge.

Northwest Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of this unique computer simulated stock market event which took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo. "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" says Trina Burruss, Regional Vice President and Community Relationship Officer at Northwest Bank.

Students from all over WNY competed with a starting portfolio of $1,000,000. Junior Achievement (JA) is pleased to recognize team "Risky Business" from Sweet Home High School, as the first-place winners of the 2018 JA Stock Market Challenge with a 41.25 percent ROI and a net worth of $1,412,489.  "The stock market challenge provides students with a challenging and rewarding extended learning opportunity. It provides a means for a very diverse group of students to interact and compete in a friendly environment with students they would normally not have a chance to meet. Friendships begin that hopefully the students take with them the rest of their lives" said Jeff Thomas, Sweet Home High School Business Education Teacher. 

Taking second place is "Byron-Bergen Belfort's" from Byron-Bergen Jr/Sr. High School. They finished with a 36.18 percent increase in their portfolio and a final net worth of $1,361,844.88. "The Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge has never let me or my students down.  We all come home excited and energized.  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.  Whether they end up in last or first place, their experience is always positive" said Marian Gerhardy, Business Teacher, Byron-Bergen High School.

In third place from Depew High School is "Cra$hers" with a 36.14 percent increase in their portfolio for a final net worth of $1,361,394.  "The Depew High School Academy of Finance has been participating in the JA Stock Market Challenge for four years. Each year our students rave about the experience, stating how much they learned about investment and trading strategies, as well as the fun that they had competing against all the other schools. Having had three teams finish in the Top 3 over four years has given our students the motivation to outperform their predecessors" said David Maroshick, Business/Computer Technology Teacher, Depew High School.


Rounding out the Top 10 teams are:

4th place: The Defaults, Falconer High School, 34.72% ROI

5th place: 4 Pockets Full, Fredonia Central High School, 33.90% ROI

6th place: I Can't Believe We Aren't Bankrupt, Falconer High School, 33.51% ROI

7th place: Stocks by Toto, Sweet Home High School, 33.32% ROI

8th place: Billionaire Boys, Sweet Home High School, 33.08% ROI

9th place: Delavan Wolves, Math Science Tech Prep, 32.44% ROI

10th place: Loss Prevention, Niagara Falls High School, 32.23% ROI

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.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams. Sweet Home High School winners received scholarship money from MidCity Office Furniture, Tops Friendly Markets gift cards, Perry's Ice Cream certificates, as well as the honor of taking the engraved Wall Street Bull Trophy, sponsored by Northwest Bank, back to the school for the year. Each member of the second-place team won basket with a Kinde HD, case, wireless ear buds and battery charger provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The third-place winners received Visa gift cards courtesy of West Herr Automotive Group. Top team members went home with New Era Caps.

To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook photo album

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