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NCCEE's Academic Competitions

For more than 40 years, the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has sponsored a number of academic competitions focusing on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship for North Carolina students in primary and secondary schools designed to support and enhance the economic education experience.

All competition winners are invited to attend regional awards banquets in the spring where their accomplishments are celebrated with their parents and teachers, as well as a number of educational leaders and prominent business leaders.

Stock Market Game™ - Grades 4-College/Adult

The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a real-time portfolio while they compete against their peers across the state. They think they're playing a game. You know they're utilizing technology to improve math scores and learn economic, financial, and business concepts all while building 21st century skills that will last a lifetime. Follow up the SMG experience by entering InvestWrite*, a national essay competition which adds a language arts and critical thinking component to the SMG experience.

Title I Public Schools Partner. Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties SMG Challenge Partner.   


To learn more about the SMG program, free workshops and webinars for teachers new to the program, click on workshops. Fall and Spring Sessions cost $15/team up to 5 members and yearlong costs $25/team up to 5 members.  Limited Title I funding is available for elementary grades on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Capitol Challenge

North Carolina's Capitol Challenge of the SMG competition is offered each spring and pairs general assembly members to Stock Market Game teams in their home districts. This session requires pre-approval to participate. General Assembly members willing to champion a team in their home district should contact Naomi Richardson. The Capitol Challenge will take place from Feb 4 to April 12, click here to learn more. 



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InvestWrite - Grades 4-12

Enhance the Stock Market Game™ experience through writing. Your students have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game™ program. The perfect companion, our teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. Teachers participating in the SMG program will receive an invitation to submit student essays during the competition.

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Economics Challenge - High School - Grades 9-12

The National Economics Challenge is a state, regional and national competition for high school students designed to increase their understanding of and interest in economics and finance. Students compete in teams for a chance to win prizes and a trip to New York City to compete in the national finals. Click here to learn more about the National Economics Challenge. 

This Economics Challenge competition was made possible through the generous support of Barton College BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education. Special thanks to the The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for their partnership in this program.

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NC Personal Finance Challenge - Middle and High School - Grades 6-12

The Personal Finance Challenge is a state and national competition for middle and high school students designed as an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Personal Finance by competing with other students across the state in an online multiple-choice examination. Middle school students compete statewide and high school students compete for a chance to advance to the nationals.

The NC Personal Finance Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Ally. Special thanks to the The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for their partnership in this program.

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