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Student Competitions

Dates for all of our 2021-22 student competitions will be coming soon!

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The Stock Market Game™
Grades 4-12

The Stock Market Game™ is a 13-week program that introduces students to the world of investing. Perfect for face-to-face or virtual classrooms, students work in teams of 1-5 to build an investment portfolio starting with $100,000 virtual cash. This student-focused simulation engages students as they buy what they know, study current events, and research. 

First-place teams in each region will split a cash prize of $125. They will also receive medallions and certificates and the school will receive a banner. 

FREE teams are available through a scholarship opportunity we have. The link to the application can be found on the Stock Market Game Funding Sources page.

The dates for the 2021-22 Stock Market Game program are:

Fall 2021: September 7 - December 3, 2021

Spring 2022: January 10 - April 8, 2022

Year-long: September 7, 2021 - April 15, 2022

Congratulations to our 2020-21 Stock Market Game Winners!

To see a full list of this year's winners, click here

$10 Challenge

Grades 9-12

November 15, 2021 - April 15, 2022

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Do you have students who have an entrepreneurial mindset? Consider introducing them to the $10 Challenge. Stephens Inc. has created a series of videos that spotlight the story of entrepreneurs who were ordinary individuals that did extraordinary things in the world of business. Economics Arkansas has created 12 lessons to accompany the videos and can be found on the iNSPIRE Lesson Plans page. 

Students take $10 of their own money and launch a new business venture. Students work independently to submit a descriptive story of their business venture(s), including a timeline of activities and a personal response to the question: "What did you learn through this experience?" These stories must be submitted as an 18 - 27 panel graphic novel created through Pixton, using the comic book feature. A free access code will be provided to all participants. 

Competing students must complete a submission form tracking their finances throughout the competition. This form can be downloaded from the resource list below. 

Both winning teachers and students receive cash prizes (up to $500 for students and $200 for teachers), certificates, and medallions. 

Challenge Resources:

To learn more about the $10 Challenge, click on the video below.

Congratulations to our 2021 $10 Challenge Winner!

Indeia McBride, Southwest High School, Little Rock School District

Arkansas Economics Challenge

Grades 9-12

The Arkansas Center for Research in Economics and Economics Arkansas will be co-hosting a virtual state-level competition for Arkansas high school students this April! Teachers can register teams of 3-4 students who will compete against other teams from around the state. Winning teams will receive cash prizes up to $500, scholarships, and the chance to move on to the later stages of the National Economics Challenge. 

The competition will consist of three components:

  • A testing portion: This portion of the event is an exam that will test students’ knowledge of micro and macroeconomics as well as knowledge of the global economy. Team members' scores are averaged and the highest-scoring team will be eligible to move on to the next round of Econ Challenge.
  • A writing submission: Using a provided writing prompt, students can submit their 500-700 word writing submissions prior to the Econ Challenge to be entered into the Writing category. The prompt from this category can be incorporated into classroom lessons as a larger class assignment or something students can work on independently. The top writing submissions in this category will receive prizes and will be announced during the competition.
  • A digital art submission: Using a provided rubric, students can create a digital art project that visualizes an economic concept or economics in action. Like the writing prompt, the rubric from this category can be incorporated into classroom lessons as a larger class assignment or something students can work on independently. The top submissions in this category will receive prizes and will be announced during the competition.

Questions? Contact Terra Aquia at

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

To see a full list of this year's winners, visit

Below is the Digital Design Contest winning project: 

Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge

Grades 9-12

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This is an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing against other students. Teams of 3-4 students receive a case study about a fictitious family's financial situation. Teams are tasked with studying the family's finances and making recommendations as if they were a financial advisor. Students must collaborate and prepare a 6-9 minute PowerPoint presentation of their suggestions to be presented before a panel of expert judges.

Prize money, certificates, school banner, and medallions are awarded. The first-place winning team will advance to the National Personal Finance Challenge. 

More information - including competition rules, registration, and an example case study - can be found on the Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge page

Congratulations to our 2021 Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge Finalists!

To see a full list of this year's finalists, click here

Pitch It! Competition

Grades 9-12

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Many are familiar with pitch competitions. This competition gives students a real-world application to classroom lessons. Students pitch a new business idea before a panel of judges for prize money. 

Winners receive cash prizes (up to $200), certificates, and medallions. The school will receive a certificate.

Congratulations to the 2021 Pitch It! Competition Winner!

Stacia Toney, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts


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