Mauch Chunk Trust Company Sponsors Students of Carbon County & Tamaqua Area with "Stock Market Challenge"

Contact: Alan Dakey, Carolyn Shirk, or Jennifer Henderson | 570-975-5149

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania (February 7, 2022)-

Marty McGuire, Marketing Director, is excited to share that his bank will provide the student with the highest portfolio in the Mauch Chunk Stock Market Challenge, a brand new Chromebook, in addition to the regular student and teacher prizes.

Stock Market Challenge Prize 2022

The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy, through Brighter Financial Futures, is proud to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mauch Chunk Trust Company, all students in grades 3-12 can have full access to the Personal Finance Lab, free of charge. This world-class, web-based stock simulation platform and curriculum includes the Personal Budgeting Game, Online Learning with certifications in Personal Finance and Investing 101, plus the Stock Market Challenge. This cutting-edge, real-time stock market game is derived from Stock-Trak's University Platform, which is used in over 80% of the top business schools in the United States.

Essentially, we went from 2 ten-week stock games to 4 quarter semester and 2 full semester programs with competitions. The 4 quarter semester programs are held in early fall, late fall, early spring and late spring. Now students can learn by using the curriculum, courses, trading, and the budget simulation. The platform provides lessons, assignments and grading for seamless teacher management as well as the superior gamification of the Stock Market Challenge and the Personal Budgeting Program.

The competitions are held in the classroom, both county-wide and state-wide. The next big Stock Market Challenge and Personal Budgeting Competition begins on February 14th and area schools can sign up at More information about the Mauch Chunk Trust Company Stock Market and Personal Budget Competitions can be found at

Mauch Chunk Trust Company was incorporated on August 25, 1902 and remains a locally owned and managed independent community bank. While many banks of our type have merged or simply disappeared, our ability to change with the times has allowed us to grow and prosper for over 118 years. We have 7 community banking offices & 1 Trust/Investment office located in Carbon & Schuylkill Counties, Pennsylvania in the following communities: Jim Thorpe, Albrightsville, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Hometown and West Penn. For more information, please visit

We opened on Sept. 1, 1858, as The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, officially becoming Susquehanna University in 1895.During the 20th century, we transformed into a four-year university offering a range of bachelor's degrees for students. In 1903, the school adopted the colors orange and maroon. Throughout the years, we've developed a variety of traditions.

Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) is a 501(c)3 organization and approved by Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development as an Educational Improvement Organization. PennCFL sponsors financial competitions and entrepreneurial programs resulting in over 20,000 student registrations in Pennsylvania. Training and support are provided to hundreds of teachers.

Our mission is to provide K-12 students with economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and professional success. We showcase exceptional talent from business, education, and government.
Our entrepreneurship program, Dream-Learn-Pitch, allows students to learn through our online curriculum, at a hybrid Dream, Learn, and Pitch conferences or independently with their teachers. Students can upload their Elevator Pitch to win prizes up to $10,000 and additionally up to $40,000 in college scholarships. See for details.

Our goal is to be the leader in K-12 financial literacy and entrepreneurship education. For additional information, please contact Alan Dakey, President at or Carolyn Shirk, Vice President, call 570-975-5149 or visit us at or .


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