Economic Literacy Colorado announces first place state winners for Stock Market Experience fall challenge

SUBMITTED BY Anna Michaels-Boffy

Economic Literacy Colorado announced the winners of the Stock Market Experience (SME) fall challenge. SME is a 10-week, robust, online investment simulation program that teaches 3rd through 12th grade students about saving, investing, personal finance and basic economics. 

The first place winners for the high school division went to the Cherry Creek High School team led by teacher Jonathan Johnson; the first place winners for the middle school division went to the Fort Morgan Middle School team led by teacher Stacy Bell; and the first place winners for the elementary school division went to the Black Rock Elementary School team led by teacher Erin Blick.

“Our Stock Market Experience is a fun, interactive way to get students excited about managing and investing money,” says Molly McVeigh, Student Programs Director for Economic Literacy Colorado. “Providing students with foundational economic knowledge positions them to make wise financial decisions post-graduation.”

The SME is offered free of charge to all Colorado teachers and students due to generous sponsor support. During the fall and spring sessions, teachers guide student teams through lessons and activities, using intuitive technology to invest a virtual $100,000 in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more. Financial professionals were also available to serve as classroom mentors.

Student teams across the state can compete with others in their same age division. Students and teachers of the first, second, and third place winning teams in each age division will receive up to $100 in cash prizes at the spring awards ceremony.

To learn more about the program, visit