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Teams of local high school students were awarded for outstanding achievement in the Stock Market Game of Pennsylvania.

Teams that finished first, second and third in their grade categories from the area served by the Honesdale National Bank Center for Economic Education at The University of Scranton Center were recognized at a recent award ceremony.

The Stock Market Game is a ten-week simulation during which students from three grade categories invest an imaginary $100,000 by buying stocks listed on the major securities exchanges (New York, American and NASDAQ). Students who compete in the game learn how financial markets operate and hone their mathematics and decision making skills. Team rankings are based on final portfolio values.

A team from Valley View High School finished second at the nine-12 grade level in the most recent competition, with a final portfolio of $122,023. Stephanie Anuszewski was their advisor.

From left: Raymond Ceccotti, senior vice-president, Honesdale National Bank; Mark Graziadio, vice-president, marketing, Honesdale National Bank; Matt Dodd; Brian Wilken, business development specialist, Honesdale National Bank; Mike Williamson, vice-president, Prudential Financial. Gary Geldhof was also on the team.