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LAUREL — Two Laurel High School students won cash prizes after investing a hypothetical $100,000 in a stock market game.

The stock market game saw 420 participants from across Montana this season. Students start with $100,000 and buy, sell, and trade their investments over the course of two months. At the end, the top five win cash prizes.

Benjamin Thierry, a senior at Laurel Middle School, won second place and earned $200. Sophomore Bridger Clavadetscher won $100 for fourth place. Both said they were going to save their winnings.

“I didn’t really know about it [the stock market] until I actually took a class and found out about it,” Thierry said Thursday.

Both Thierry and Clavadetscher agree that learning about the stock market through gaming is beneficial for their futures.

“I think it’s really beneficial and you can learn a lot from it because you don’t really lose anything if you mess up,” Clavadetscher said.

Lisa Condon teaches business classes at the high school and said some students are heavily invested in investments.

“They have an app, so some kids you know they’re on, I hear other teachers say they’re on the app right now. Some kids are really invested in it,” Condon said.

Condon had Thierry in his classroom for this round of the stock market game. Matt Kimmett, who teaches career and financial education, had Clavadetscher in his class.

“At some point in their lives, it will play into their financial success. You know, you’re looking at retirement accounts, everything that goes into that,” Kimmett said.

Both teachers thanked Glacier Bancorp for paying the entry fees to attend the game.


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