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Stock market game teaches life-long lessons

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RCS seniors Brendon Griffith, Logan Moss, Aydin White and Kayla Loomis landed in first place for one week, competing with more than 700 regional teams.

Walking in to the Business and Financial Math class at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, you hear an engaged chatter among the students.

“Everything is down. Gold, silver, crude oil; everything,” senior Brendon Griffith remarked to his classmates.

The class, all seniors, is engrossed in a stock market project that teacher James Desira introduced in each of his financial classes.

“This class is the most excited about it,” Desira said. “These guys are doing the analysis, having discussions about it and following the markets.”

At the beginning of the school year, Desira began teaching his classes about the stock market through a friendly regional competition. Each class collaborates to pick stocks they believe will do well in the market. More than 700 teams from around the area compete to be on top of the leader board at the end of each week. For one week, the group of RCS seniors found themselves in first place.

Desira emphasized that learning about the stock market can be beneficial to students well after they graduate from high school. Griffith agrees and plans to continue using what he is learning beyond the class project.

“I’ll definitely continue,” Griffith said. “Maybe not as a full career, but at least something like a hobby or a way to make money on the side to help with college.”