When the sixth-grade students at Glen Lake Elementary were given $100,000 — that is, of virtual cash — they managed to earn more than $16,000 in stock equity. The Cash Potatoes, as their team is known, are now ranked in second place for the elementary division of the Stock Market Game Year Long Session.
Students on the Cash Potatoes team consisted of Cassie Kaplan, Isabelle Hanson, Giana Feulner and Liliyanna Hoskins. However, the entire class participated in the program.
“I’m so proud of the efforts our sixth-graders put in this year to learn about stocks and the stock market,” said Scott Stillman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Glen Lake Elementary. “We learned about our financial system including the federal reserve.”
The students started competing in late September and continued through April. The Cash Potatoes invested about 80 percent of their virtual cash in stocks. They opted for investments in American Eagle, Chlorox, Costco, Hasbro, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Mastercard, McDonalds, and Neogenomics.
The team will attend an awards ceremony for their success in the game at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis on May 23.