From left, Carlsbad’s Valley Middle School Stock Market Game team members Mark Harris, Kush Patil, Kyle Sumida and Ricardo Campos placed second and third in the Oct. 11 and Dec. 17 competition, placing them in the top 1 percent of 80,662 teams nationwide. The event is sponsored by Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or SIFMA. Starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000, Mark and Kush captured second place with an ending equity of $102,009.53. Ricardo and Kyle won third place with $99,880.71. In the competition, trades take place in real time, just like the actual stock market. For more information, visit or e-mail Courtesy photo


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