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Area students buy low, sell high during JA’s Stock Market Challenge

On Nov. 19, 410 local students from 26 high schools had the opportunity to experience the thrill of the trading floor of the stock market at Junior Achievement’s seventh annual JA Stock Market Challenge at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo.

Students from all over WNY competed with a starting portfolio of $500,000. “Enter Witty Name Here” from Holland Jr./Sr. High School won the 2015 challenge with an 88.2 percent ROI and an end portfolio of $940,983.94. Team members from Holland High School’s winning team included Jon Chamberlain, AJ Perlino, Neishaida Ramirez, and Olivia Schmidt.

Hamburg High School teams dominated the top 10, placing in second, fourth and sixth. In second place, the “Head Honchos” from Hamburg High School had a 76.63 percent increase in their portfolio, and a final net worth of $883,158.52. Members included Kelly DeGrood, Madeline Maurer, Jessica O’Donnell and Julia Vail.

Students from Emerson School of Hospitality in Buffalo were just slightly behind, ranking third. “EMERSON #5,” consisted of Kiara Brinson, Brittany Hallman and Yallinette Valle, had an ROI of 75.13 percent and final portfolio of $875,661.04.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams. Holland Jr./Sr. High School winners received scholarship money from Delta Air Lines, Tops Friendly Markets gift cards, as well as the engraved JA Stock Market Challenge Traveling Bull Trophy for the year. Each member of the second-place team won Kindles sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The third-place winners received gift cards for Oogie Games sponsored by MidCity Office Furniture.

Participating high schools for the 2015 JA Stock Market Challenge included: Attica High School, Bennett High School, Byron-Bergen High School, Cardinal O’Hara, City Honors, Clarence High School, Depew High School, Dunkirk High School, Emerson School of Hospitality, Falconer High School, Fredonia High School, Hamburg High School, Holland Jr./Sr. High School, Hutchinson Technical, Lockport High School, North Tonawanda High School, Pembroke High School, Pioneer High School, Riverside Institute of Technology, Springville-Griffith Institute, Sweet Home High School, UB STEP, Warsaw Central High School, West Seneca East High School and West Seneca West High School.

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