The carpeted classrooms of Chesapeake Bay Middle School are far removed from the selling floor of Wall Street, but try telling that to Ryan Moore and 53 other eighth-grade math students.
For eight weeks last fall, they were buyers on a mission: Make the most profit playing the market and compete for a prize in "The Investment Game," sponsored by The Sun.
Ryan, with a net profit of $2,003, came out a big winner, placingsecond in the middle-school level of the contest, which involved hisfellow Chesapeake Bay students and those at 11 other middle schools in the Baltimore area.
Debi Albright, their algebra teacher, said students playing the game were given $20,000 in imaginary dollars; $10,000 to invest in the stock market, with the other half invested in a banking product with a guaranteed interest rate.
Students checked The Sun's business pages once a week and plotted their rising or falling fortunes.
"Students are always asking 'What am I ever going to need this for?' " she said. "They did not realize that the fraction and decimal conversion they computed weekly to play the game only increased their math skills."
Along with learning how to invest, these young teens also learned how current events and trends have an impact on investments and the economy overall.
Has success changed Ryan much? Not really, he's still interested in the things most eighth-grade boys are, but now he has added another interest -- the stock market.
"I used to think that reading the stock market reports in the business section was just for adults, but not now," said Ryan, sonof Robert and Sandra Moore. "I had fun playing the game and learned a lot."
Round two of the Investment Game will begin Feb. 19, said Nancy Hauswald, Sun program coordinator. "The program was developed so that students could get the feel of a portfolio, balancing stocks with other investments," she said.
"Ryan did very well considering his total profit was higher than $2,003, since paying a 1 percent broker commission was a part of the game," Hauswald said. "We try to make the game like real life, with no free lunch."
If you would like more details about the Investment Game, call Hauswald at 332-6078.
The Chesapeake Women's Club extends an invitation to women of any age to attend a special evening introductory meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, at the Eastern District Police Station on Mountain Road.
"Our club has always had daytime meetings, but with more women in thework force, we decided to have a special evening session just for them," said Jean Tate, club president.
Not just a "let's get together for lunch" bunch, the Chesapeake Women's Club has been involved in supporting a wide array of community projects over the past 14 years.
"We support the arts, education, conservation, home life, international and public affairs," Tate said.
"Many people know about ourannual art show for local students of Northeast, Chesapeake senior and middle schools and the scholarships given to graduating seniors atboth schools. This year, we added a new dimension to our traditionalscholarship program by sponsoring a client of the YWCA Battered Spouse program at Anne Arundel Community College.
"We also included gas and clothing allowance and baby-sitting fees to this young woman togive her a chance at making a new life."
Club members also pushedfor a store-front library to serve the Mountain Road area. Although they haven't been successful, club members have not given up hope.
The CWC would like to expand involvement in the community, but to dothat they need more members.
For more details about the CWC, callTate at 255-1552.
The Northeast High School guidance department and PTSA are co-sponsoring a Fine Arts and Practical Arts Festival on Feb. 12 at the school on Duvall Highway.
Freshmen will attendthe event during sixth and seventh periods. Their parents and incoming ninth-graders and their parents are invited to attend the event starting at 7 p.m.
"We have a small school -- under 1,000 -- but ourstudents still have a wide range of educational options for course selections," said Anne Kleinman, counselor.
Fine arts courses will be the subject of displays and demonstrations that will showcase the talents of Northeast students in wood working, ceramics, painting anddrawing.
Practical arts course displays will focus on business, computers and vocational-technical training offered at the school and at the Center of Applied Technology North.
Sue Carroll will present information for parents and students interested in the gifted and talented program at the school.
"We offer a wide range of AP and honors course selections for students to choose from," Kleinman said. "With so many different certificate programs available, with varying credit requirements for graduation, current eighth- and ninth-grade students and their parents should plan on attending."
For more information, call the school at 437-6400.