WORTHINGTON — Four Worthington High School students were honored for their performance in the statewide Stock Market Game competition.

Gracyn Dieter, Aishah Phomsatry, Andrea Rivera and Jazmin Smith, who are members of the WHS Business Professionals of America, worked as a team to invest a virtual $100,000 over 14 weeks. At the end of the competition, the WHS high schoolers' portfolio ranked fourth statewide, earning them a trip to the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management for an award ceremony.

Phomsatry said the secret to their success was research. She already had some personal shares that were doing well, so they used that as a starting point. Then they read and read and read so they could choose all their investments.

Smith added that the team was a little surprised to have done so well.

"We were one of the lowest teams at the beginning," she said, pointing to that to as evidence that the stock market can be a little unpredictable.

"Now I can relate to my parents," Phomsatry said of the experience, "because I know stuff that they know.

"It was just overall fun. We learned a lot of things," she added.

One of the things they learned, said Rivera, is "if it's something you want to do, you should do it." Investing was a new experience for the team at the beginning of the year, but they pursued their interest and performed well.

"Keep an eye on it," added Smith. Share values fluctuate so much that smart investment requires careful monitoring.

"You shouldn't assume your end result," Phomsatry agreed.

None of the young women have decided whether they will pursue a career in investing or business, but they enjoyed their experience competing in the Stock Market Game.

The WHS BPA chapter is advised by Penny Troe