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An innovative contest helps students learn to manage stocks and investments, and a class of fourth graders has bested older students to win a trip to New York and the Stock Exchange.  At Badger Elementary School, Robert Davenport, Bree Estrada, Jasmine Rogers and Madalyn Willard won the Stock Market Simulation sponsored by Economics Wisconsin.

Students start with $100,000 in hypothetical money and try to make as much as they can from investments over a 10-week period. The game is open to students in grades three through 12. More than 1,200 teams participated in the challenge this year.

The winning group from Badger ended with a portfolio value of $152,305, a 52 percent gain.

Their prize is an all-expense paid trip in March to New York City, where they’ll visit the New York Stock Exchange, go sight-seeing and attend a Broadway show.

The students didn’t think they would beat teams of older students, especially since they just started learning about the stock market.

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“It was really amazing to beat a bunch of high-schoolers because we’re just fourth-graders and they’re high-schoolers,” Davenport said.

Stock in computer circuit boards from Atrium Inc., earned the group $32,000 in one day. The team sold the stock the day after buying it, which was a wise choice — the stock’s value dropped after the sale.

Estrada, Willard and Rogers are excited about traveling to New York City and seeing the Statue of Liberty, while Babich and Davenport can’t wait to see “The Lion King” on Broadway.

Badger Principal Tim Hopfensperger will accompany the students. Hopfensperger served as the adviser for the 18 stock market teams from Badger.

This won’t be his first trip to New York City. Hopfensperger previously taught at Tullar Elementary School in Neenah, where his students participated in the simulation. Four teams from Tullar won the game.

At Tullar, Hopfensperger incorporated lessons about the stock market into math and social studies curriculum, so students learned how the stock market was influenced by current events, as well as how to trade stocks.

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