SHAMOKIN - The annual Stock Market Game Challenge from EconomicsPennsylvania, sponsored locally by Sunbury Motor Co. and The News-Item, kicked off this past week.

Once again this year it features teams from Line Mountain, Mount Carmel Area, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional and Shamokin Area 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.

In this first week, the leading high school team

The News-Item will post updates each Sunday.

HIgh school results week 1

$101,640.92

SHAMOKIN AREA HS

Kopitsky, David

$101,237.89

LINE MOUNTAIN JSHS

Bowman, Karrie

$99,849.51

MOUNT CARMEL AREA JSHS

Domanski, Aaron

Middle school

$100,101.39

LINE MOUNTAIN JSHS

Bowman, Karrie

$99,937.59

SHAMOKIN AREA MS

Keller, Stephen

$99,850.52

MOUNT CARMEL AREA JSHS

Domanski, Aaron