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May 4, 2014

Prophets of profits

Lewisburg High, Milton Middle squads seize Stock Market Game titles

LEWISBURG — For the second consecutive year, a team from Lewisburg Area High has won the Stock Market Game and the state championship.

Senior Nate Martin and junior Alex Liscum earned $23,000 of their final $438,394 on Friday, the last day of the game’s trading, to seize the state title from the clutches of a Montgomery squad.

With $116,869 in their portfolio, Milton sixth-graders Gavin Walker, Janessa Fuentes and Austin Swallow won the middle school competition of the game sponsored by Economics Pennsylvania, The Northumberland National Bank and The Daily Item.

High school and middle school teams start with a hypothetical investment of $100,000, make buy-and-trade decisions and track how those decisions would have played out in the markets had they been real.

Some 1,420 students on 772 teams in Valley schools competed in the 10-week game, Carolyn Shirk, vice president of Economics Pennsylvania, said Saturday.

Teams advised by Lewisburg Area High teacher Michael Creeger have won the Stock Market Game the past four years.

“He has created this incredible passion for learning and is teaching them thinking critical skills, not just concepts for passing a test,” Shirk said. “Those kids connect with him on a one-to-one basis, not on a hierarchy basis, and they all passionately work together to learn.”

In 2013, Lewisburg freshman Taylor Balliet, a one-person team, finished with a state and national record of $607,248.

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