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Sen. Cullerton visits Addison Trail economic students

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT
State Sen. Tom Cullerton (left), D-Villa Park, speaks with Addison Trail seniors Jose Cobos (center) and Leonardo Flores about an online simulation program called The Stock Market Game. (Photo provided)

ADDISON – State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D - Villa Park, met with Addison Trail economics students Feb. 7 to talk about The Stock Market Game.

A Securities Industry and Financial Markets program administered by Econ Illinois, The Stock Market Game aims to help students learn financial literacy. Through the game, students manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio and invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds, learning about global markets, long-term saving and investing, according to a District 88 news release.

Students compete on a local level in The Stock Market Game competition or on a national level in the Capitol Hill Challenge. At Addison Trail, about 70 students in teacher Tom Hubner’s economics classes have been participating in the program since Feb. 3, and the competition lasts about 15 weeks. There are 28 Addison Trail teams competing in the local competition and about seven teams competing in the national competition. A few staff members are competing as well.

The top 10 teams in the Capitol Hill Challenge will win a trip to Washington, D.C., where they will be recognized, stated the release.

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