KUSA - A record number of students from 45 area high schools will compete in this year's JA Stock Market Challenge on Thursday and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cable Center on the University of Denver campus at 2000 Buchtel Blvd.
The JA Stock Market Challenge, presented by Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial, is a stock market simulation game, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can grow their initial $500,000 investment into the largest net worth "mock" stock portfolio.
Students will apply what they have learned in the JA Take Stock in Your Future program to this fun-filled, fast-paced event, where they experience two months of simulated trading condensed into two hours of excitement. The frenetic atmosphere ensures urgent and intense trading to simulate a real trading floor, and thus guarantees a "Wall Street"-style learning experience the students will never forget.
"Through this dynamic high school program, Junior Achievement and Great-West Great-Teachers are investing in the future of tomorrow's business leaders," Christina Frantz, corporate social responsibility manager at Great-West Financial, said. "Our company's brand promise is to help our customers create bright financial futures so we understand the importance of financial literacy. Programs like the JA Stock Market Challenge equip young people with the skills they need to achieve their financial goals."
Teams from 45 area schools will participate in the 2013 JA Stock Market Challenge including: Battle Mountain High School, Boulder High School, Castle View High School, Centaurus High School, Centennial High School, Colorado Academy, Dakota Ridge High School, New America School Lakewood, Denver Jewish Day School, Douglas County High School, DSST: Stapleton, Eagle Valley High School, Englewood, Monarch High School, Thornton High School, Gilpin County High School, Grandview High School, Green Mountain High School, Heritage High School. Highland High School, Highlands Ranch High School, West Generation Academy, Horizon High School, Jefferson High School, Valor Christian High School, Kent Denver Finance Club, Regis Jesuit High School, Littleton High School, Longmont High School, Rangeview High School, Mead High School, Monarch High School, Mountain Range High School, Mountain Vista High School, Niwot High School, Pine Bluffs High School, Ponderosa High School, Rock Canyon High School, Rocky Mountain High School, Roosevelt High School, Sims-Fayola International Academy, Smoky Hill High School, Vail Christian School and Vista Peak Preparatory.
JA Stock Market Challenge sponsors, including presenting sponsor Great-West Great-Teachers, Wells Fargo Advisors, AAA Colorado, and Husch Blackwell, enable JA to provide the student event to participating schools at no cost. The event is also supported by a corporate fundraising version of the JA Stock Market Challenge that will be held Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Cable Center on the University of Denver campus.
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