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McKena Carroll, a Sophomore at Caney High School, was recently honored as the Class A winner of the Oklahoma Department of Securities Invest Ed® Students Tracking and Researching the Stock Market (STARS) program.
STARS is a program that is designed to enhance existing curriculum and promote financial education of Oklahoma students.
The STARS program has been developed as an investor education and fraud awareness program that teaches students to research investments, assess risk, set financial goals, create online stock portfolios and track results.
The STARS program involves students completing an investment risk assessment, developing investment goals, tracking stock transactions, and writing a report. Report winners, representing the state’s academic classifications, are selected each calendar school year and receive a monetary stipend.
After participating in the Invest Ed® program, McKena wrote, “My perspective of the market has changed greatly. I thought the market was only for those with great wealth and those willing to gamble with their money. I have learned that the market is global and what happens in other countries will definitely affect the U.S. market.”
McKena participated in the STARS program as a student in the FACS Basics course taught by Clinta Smith. “The teachers are critical to the mission of preparing students for their financial futures. The dedication of the participating STARS teachers is unwavering,” said Melanie Hall, Administrator of the Department of Securities.
“The Oklahoma Securities Commission and the Department of Securities also appreciate the support of the STARS program by the students, their families, the principals, and the superintendents,” added Hall.