United HS students win Stock Market Game competition

United High School students in Mrs. Clarissa Gonzalez’s Securities and Investments class won the Stock Market Game in the Rio Grande area this past fall.

The SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game is a 10-week simulation game where students from all over Texas participate by investing a hypothetical $100,000 trading stocks, bonds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Participants apply research, critical thinking and analytical skills to make real-world financial decisions.

Student Diego Ramirez took first place with a total equity of $118,679.96 and Alicia Lopez had a total equity of $113,607.55. Both students surpassed all others in their category with their returns on their investments.

High school students who participate in the SIFMA Stock Market Game conduct research and follow global news that can impact financial markets, then place trades in real-time via computer or the SMG smartphone app, competing with peers in their classroom and with teams across the state to increase their portfolio value. In addition, students can choose socially responsible investments by selecting companies in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

“Congratulations to all the student teams that reached the top spots this semester,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “It’s an honor to partner with local schools to provide resources that equip young people in our communities with the critically important skills they need to succeed in their careers and family lives. Our gratitude goes out to the educators who meet the highest standards of excellence and who have changed the lives of so many by their leadership and passion.”

United High School also recognizes all the other students who ranked in the top 10. These students competed against approximately 200 participants. A special thanks to United High School Principal Mrs. Jessica Salazar and Securities and Investments Teacher, Mrs. Clarissa Gonzalez for supporting their students in the 10-week challenge.