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Junior Achievement’s 2nd Annual Stock Market Challenge brings the excitement of Wall Street to San Diego

January 23, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA — On Thursday, February 1st , 180 students from local high schools will get a taste of the fast-paced, high-stakes stock market at Junior Achievement’s 2nd Annual  Stock Market Challenge.  The high-energy event begins with a student competition and concludes with an evening competition for college and corporate teams.   The program will take place at QUALCOMM Conference Center AZ, located at 10155 Pacific Heights Blvd, San Diego, 92121.

Using state-of-the-art technology in a simulated trading environment, each team will begin with $500,000 in fictitious funds and interact with on-site traders to buy and sell shares with the goal of building the highest-net worth portfolio by the end of the trading period.  The trading is fast, fun and furious as 60 trading days are condensed into two hours with a new trading day beginning every 80 seconds! Teams must think on their feet as they make real-trades in real-time, while filtering through the changing news and stock tips tracking latest market trends.  At the end of day, the team with the largest portfolio will be crowned Stock Market Champions.


“This event is fantastic because it connects classroom learning to the real world of business.  The simulation is fun and gives students a true sense of competition and what it takes to successfully buy and sell stocks,” said Stephen Soderbach, a teacher at Vista High School.  His business management students participated in the event last year.

The JA YES Board has been working on this event all year long and they are excited to give San Diego students the opportunity to learn about long-term investing in a fun, simulated stock market setting. JA YES is a dynamic group of young San Diego professionals who have come together to advance financial literacy and expand Junior Achievement’s programs to as many students as possible. 

 In the evening, the Stock Market Challenge fundraiser will pit corporate teams against each other in fierce competition for the top portfolio at the end of the trading day. 

The goal is to raise money to deliver Junior Achievement’s life changing financial literacy programs to 81,500 students in grades K-12 this year.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to get kids real world ready by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage their money.

Event sponsors for the JA Stock Market Challenge include QUALCOMM, Callan Capital, Intuit, Reilly Financial Advisors  Signature Analysis, Synergy One Lending, and Pro Back Office.  

“We are so grateful to our generous sponsors for bringing this exciting event to life for our JA students and corporate teams,” said Marla Black, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “All proceeds from the event support our educational programs that teach K-12 students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.” 


 Interview/Photo Opportunity for JA Stock Market Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 1st:


 Students Arrive for Welcome & Rules


 Student Stock Market Challenge Ringing of the Bell


 Student Awards


 Adult Networking Event


Adult Stock Market Challenge Ringing of the Bell


Adult Awards




QUALCOMM Conference Center AZ

10155 Pacific Heights Blvd

San Diego, CA 92121



Kristi Zimsky