Middle School Teams Dominate Stock Market Simulation
University School of Milwaukee Middle School teams outperformed their peers during the annual Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation game. Nine of the top 10 spots in the junior high/middle school division of the simulation were held by USM teams. Of the more than 1,200 teams that competed in all three grade-based divisions throughout the state, the top USM team finished in an incredible eighth place overall. “I’ve been doing this for many years and have not seen dominance like this,” said Brian Markwald, 7th grade social studies teacher.
USM has competed in the simulation, in which student teams of one to five players begin with $100,000 in their investment account, since 2000. As a team, they must make at least three trades based on their research in the investment. Beyond learning the value of investing, students learn teamwork and decision-making, and are exposed to potential career opportunities. The event is sponsored by Economics Wisconsin. In 2017, USM students Xavier Barth ’22 and Lexi Lee ’22 won the simulation and a paid trip to New York City, where they toured the New York Stock Exchange and saw a Broadway play, among other activities.