Beachum rewarded for stock plays

Javarri Beachum

Javarri Beachum is flanked by Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School Principal Jeremy Knapp, left and teacher Derek Kurnitsky.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

As his economic teacher at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr.. High School, Derek Kurnitsky, said, “What can’t Javarri do?”

The subject of the questions was Javarri Beachum, who recently placed second in the Northwest Florida region in simulated stock market game.

The Florida Stock Market Simulation game is an online exercise in economic class. Students receive $100,000 in “free” money and go to a website that effectively mirrors the New York Stock Exchange, down to company trading symbols and trading prices.

Students can buy and sell stocks, purchase bonds and Treasury notes and by mid-April the closing bell rings on the class and tallies are made.

Beachum, an outstanding leader with the NJROTC program, headed to the Naval Academy Prep School, outstanding student, standout soccer player, finished second in the region among all high schoolers.

As he told Kurnitsky, if the game had continued in this month, when the market is at record levels, “He’s pretty sure he could have finished first,” Kurnitsky said with a laugh. “Is there anything he can’t do?”

Beachum earned an award and also a $50 gift card to Papa John’s Pizza.



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