The Honesdale National Bank Center for Economics Education at The University of Scranton is pleased to announce once again the HNB Newspaper Stock Market Challenge featuring five local school districts.

This online stock market simulation allows students to manage a hypothetical investment portfolio. On February 25, teams of students from each school began making investment choices with $100,000 in cash and deciding which stocks to purchase or sell short. The competition continues until May 3.

Throughout the 10-week period, teams of students will work together to research investments and track their portfolio value. In the process, students will increase their knowledge of investments, savings, and money management. Each week the three schools with the greatest portfolio value will be highlighted in this paper.

The participating School Districts are: Forest City, North Pocono, Wallenpaupack, Wayne Highlands, and Carbondale.

This is the fourth year HNB has sponsored EconomicsPennsylvania programs. This nonprofit organization brings financial and economic education to Pennsylvania students. During the HNB sponsorship, over 2000 students in five local schools have had the opportunity to play the Stock Market Game. In addition, HNB has sponsored the game throughout a six county region, giving over 8000 students the opportunity to participate in this rewarding educational program.

Editor's Note: This newspaper supports this event every year and will again publish the weekly results.