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May 11, 2013

C3 team takes first in region Stock Market Game

More than 35,000 students participate in the Stock Market Game in Georgia each year, and four students from Dalton Public Schools are certain they’ve figured out one key to success in the financial world — teamwork.

Itzel Garcia (Blue Ridge), Rhett Hammontree (Westwood), Josh Ayers (Westwood) and Caylob Patino (Brookwood) formed the DPS C3 Center team that won first place in the region in this spring’s Stock Market Game, a 10-week simulation in which student teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 and manage their portfolios in competition with other teams from across the state.

“C3 encourages the students to make connections, expand the curriculum and think critically,” said Lisa Hackney, DPS Gifted Program coordinator. “The Stock Market Game is a wonderful vehicle for all three of these charges. It connects and expands several math, economic and critical thinking standards through a real-world activity.”

C3’s winning team developed an effective strategy early in the game — to work together as a group instead of as individual investors.

“Instead of yelling at each other and saying ‘Buy this, buy this, sell that, sell that,’ we talked to each other together about what we wanted to buy,” Ayers said.

“We worked really well together,” Garcia agreed.

Still, they had to be savvy investors.

The team members agreed their most successful investment was in the Hershey Co. The stock wasn’t doing well at first, but it eventually picked up.

“Sometimes, you have to take chances,” Patino said.

And sometimes those chances don’t work out. When a stock wasn’t performing the way they had hoped, the team members didn’t get discouraged. Rather, team members assessed the problem and moved forward.

“We realized that some stocks weren’t doing well, so we sold them,” Patino said.

“It was really fun,” Hammontree added, noting that the skills he learned in the Stock Market Game will be useful when he gets older.

Next week, the group will travel to Atlanta to be honored for their success, a win they said was surprising, but an achievement they are proud of nevertheless.

 

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