Penns Valley

Penns Valley students’ financial skills shine in state stock market game

Those who dabble in the stock market may want to start taking advice from some Penns Valley high school students.

According to the Penns Valley Area School District’s website, the school took first place in Pennsylvania in the Stock Market Game, a national competition that teaches students the basics of the stock market.

In the simulation, students are given $100,000 in virtual money. Students in introduction to business classes at Penns Valley Area High School worked to make real-time investments in the simulated market.

Kyle Myers led the way for his school, making $40,000 in virtual profits in 10 weeks.

More than 14 million students have participated in the stock market simulation since 1977, according to the district’s website.

Trout in the classroom

Also at Penns Valley, seventh-grade science students will soon be raising trout from the comfort of their own classrooms.

Students are set to receive brook trout eggs, fish food and the knowledge of how to raise trout. At the end of the school year, the students will release the fish they helped care for.

The school is participating in The Trout in the Classroom program made possible through a partnership with the state Fish and Boat Commission and the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the district said in a December newsletter.

In addition to getting a hands-on experience raising the fish, students will learn about cold water resources and aquatic ecosystems through the program.

Blue January to draw crowds

While many have sung about having a “Blue Christmas,” one business in Millheim hopes it’s a blue January that instead hits the right notes.

Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks on West Main Street is hosting Blue January next month, featuring a series of concerts by blues or jazz acts.

More details about the concerts, which are set to be held on Saturdays and Sundays, can be found on Elk Creek’s website.