SHAMOKIN - Shamokin Area and Line Mountain teams maintained their leads, respectively, in the high school and middle school divisions during Week 2 of the annual Stock Market Game Challenge from EconomicsPennsylvania. The challenge is sponsored locally by Sunbury Motor Company and The News-Item.

The competition features teams from Line Mountain, Mount Carmel Area, Shamokin Area and Our Lady of Lourdes middle and high schools.

Open to teachers and students in grades 4 through 12, the challenge is a 10-week simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stock chosen from the American, New York and NASDAQ markets. The activity is designed to increase students' understanding of the economy, markets, corporations and more.