SMG Final Results
Posted on 09/17/2019
Drive Wise

The 2019 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game concluded its 10-week trading session on Friday, December 6.  Teams of student stock market investors receive a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  The program’s carefully integrated curriculum lets students experience the financial markets in the classroom as they learn about business, math, economics, personal finance and the importance of saving and investing for the long term.  Student teams compete for prizes in the High School, Middle School and College divisions. 


The winner of the High School Division was Philip High School with a final portfolio value of $ 121,930 and a 21.93 % return on investment and the highest portfolio in the state.  For comparison purposes, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 6.0 % over this same time-period. Teacher Brigitte Brucklacher used the program in her Personal Finance class.  The first place team was Reece Heltzel and Keldon Fitzgerald.  They received a $75 prize.  This was the fourth time Philip has won the South Dakota game since 2011.


Placing 6th in the  game  from Philip were Sarah Parsons and John Piroutek. They received $25.  Twenty-five Personal Finance students from Philip participated in the SMG. 

The SD SMG program provides teachers with online support during each trading session and free online training prior to and during each session.  During the 10-week session, teachers receive weekly newsletters on economic, business and personal finance topics to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects. 


The South Dakota Stock Market Game has been delivered by Black Hills State University through the Center for Economic Education since 1994.  The Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the SMG program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).  The SMG program is widely identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math and financial literacy test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers.  Over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year.  The SDSMG is sponsored by the Black Hills State

University Center for Economic Education and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education.