For the fifth consecutive year, a team from Desert Vista High School has captured first place in the Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Student Stock Market Challenge. This year’s championship team of (l-r) Jasmine Coro, Julia Hackett, Chris Kontos and Jaret Bernat, celebrated with Sean Claypool of Charles Schwab. Teams comprised of more than 400 high school students from all over Arizona competed to see who could grow their $500,000 mock-stock portfolio and create the highest net worth. The winning foursome grew their portfolio to $1.8 million. To help students prepare for the event, JA volunteers visited them in the classroom to explain how the stock market works. The students participated in exercises that helped them grasp the concepts they would need for the JA SSMC. The JA Student Stock Market Challenge gives them a chance to practice those skills in a fun and dynamic environment. The Sixth Annual JA Student Stock Market Challenge was sponsored by The Schwab Foundation, TruWest Credit Union and Snell & Wilmer. Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. For more information, please visit www.jaaz.org.