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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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11/1/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

Junior Achievement of North Florida to host Take Stock in Your Future Live Competition on November 8

Teams of students from 10 high schools to compete in the JA Stock Market Challenge at the Gallagher Club East at EverBank Stadium


Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 25, 2023 – Junior Achievement of North Florida is hosting the JA Stock Market Challenge for the second time on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Starting at 10 a.m., 40 teams made up of approximately 160 high school students from 10 local schools will gather at the Gallagher Club East at EverBank Stadium for the JA Stock Market Challenge, part of the JA Take Stock in Your Future program.


The students will participate in mock trading on the simulated stock market floor where they will closely watch the stock reaction to the news of the day and buy and sell stocks to create a stock portfolio with the highest value. The teams will each have a sum of $1 million to trade and will have a pseudo-60-day period in which to trade with each day lasting 60 seconds. They will alert volunteer traders who will complete their transactions. Following the trading period, the portfolios will be tallied, and the winners will be announced.


The live competition will be the finale of the JA Take Stock in Your Future program designed to stimulate young people’s interest in personal finance and managing their money before they move on to college or the workforce. More than 700 students are currently working to complete the JA Take Stock in Your Future program which consists of in-classroom lessons and activities that introduce them to the basic concepts of how the stock market works and how current events can impact trade. After a classroom trading simulation, the top teams will be chosen to compete in the live competition at EverBank Stadium.


The schools participating include Bartram Trail High School, Duncan U. Fletcher High School, Englewood High School, Jean Ribault High School, KIPP Bold City High School, Samuel W. Wolfson High School, Mandarin High School, Baldwin Senior High School, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, and Stanton College Preparatory School. Duval County Interim Superintendent Dr. Dana Kriznar will ring the opening bell. Brian Sexton, the former voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars and senior correspondent for Jaguars.com, will serve as emcee.


Media is invited to attend the live competition. More details about the program, including a video from the Inaugural JA Stock Market Challenge can be found at https://northflorida.ja.org/events/ja-stock-market-challenge-jacksonville.


EverBank is the title sponsor of the JA Stock Market Challenge and Publix Supermarket Charities is the presenting sponsor. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Stephanie Saman at ssaman@janfl.org.


About Junior Achievement of North Florida

We envision a world where young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Our volunteers, educators and supporters inspire and prepare students to succeed through learning experiences that focus on three sets of critical life skills that are not always taught in schools. Since 1963, Junior Achievement of North Florida has been delivering JA learning experiences that help young people reach their potential. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.janfl.org.