By Matt de Simone
Contributing writer

The fall sessions of Virginia’s 2018-19 Stock Market Game concluded and the results are in: Botetourt County has some savvy student investors.

Karen Busher (right) introduces Troutville Elementary School students Ava George, Jenna Overstreet, Sarah Johnson, and Megan Lusk.
Photo by Aila Boyd

This past Thursday evening at the Botetourt County School Board meeting, the board recognized a group of Botetourt County students from the middle and elementary school level for their placement in the fall session of the Stock Market Game.


The game is simple. Students are “given” $100,000 to invest in whatever companies they deem fit for their hard-earned monies. They work with a financial adviser, or in this case, Karen Busher, Botetourt County’s Gifted Resource teacher. The Virginia Council on Economic Education provides the kids with an online investment portfolio and the game begins. Cafeteria conversations used to consist of arguments over the strongest Avengers team members. For these students, they stew over the choice to invest in Nike or Adidas, Chevrolet or Ford, Amazon or the company that manufactures…

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