Team Challenge 2018: A Recap Told Through Social Media

On Saturday, March 10th, the floor of Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom transformed into a trading floor, where over 400 students, teachers, and coaches participated in Magnetar Academy's sixth annual Team Challenge! Every year, schools from all over Chicago send teams to compete in the mock stock trading challenge to experience a real trading environment. The top three teams earn up to $5000 in grants for their school! To start the day, Chicago's Treasurer Kurt Summers wished the students good luck on Twitter, noting the inspiring way Academy students are taking charge of ...

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Coach Spotlight: Churchill Capital’s Rex Savage

The sixth annual Magnetar Academy Team Challenge is two weeks away, where nearly 400 students will compete for a chance to earn up to $5,000 in grants for their school! First-time coach Rex Savage, who runs the Chicago office for Churchill Capital — a firm that a firm that specializes in research, investment advisory, and trading globally for special situations such as merger arbitrage, fundamental catalyst, and stub trades — met with us recently to tell us why he decided to volunteer as a coach. “I’d always done a lot of tutoring, especially when ...

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Coach Spotlight: Allison Labelle

We’re gearing up for the sixth year of the Magnetar Academy Team Challenge in less than a month! Last year’s Challenge featured over 50 financial experts, who mentored teams from over 60 Chicagoland public schools. We recently spoke with first-time coach Allison LaBelle, who is a financial analyst at Magnetar Capital.   “What I like most about a career in finance is that it’s challenging. People can look at the same numbers and see very different things.” In her role, Allison creates detailed financial reports that support firm-wide financial ...

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Coach Spotlight: Matt Ihle

The annual Magnetar Academy Team Challenge gives students first-hand experience of what it’s like to work on a trading floor in a simulated stock competition. For the past six years, over 180 financial service professionals from numerous Chicagoland financial firms have supported the event. These individuals hail from a variety of backgrounds and serve in a multitude of roles within the financial services industry. During the competition, each coach is paired for the day with a team of students, and helps them to develop an investment process for their $100,000 mock ...

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Coach Spotlight

In the past two Magnetar Academy Team Challenges, more than 50 financial services professionals, from Chicago and elsewhere, have served as coaches for the participating high school teams. These coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and participate in the industry in many different roles. On the day of the Team Challenge, each coach is paired with a team of students to provide their expertise as they go head-to-head with teams from other schools. We sat down to chat with a few of this year’s coaches to learn more about them and their experiences guiding Magnetar ...

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Q&A with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a unique high school in many ways. The school is bilingual, and students take half of their classes in Spanish. As a parochial school, tuition is not free, but Cristo Rey has an innovative solution: students work at local companies one day a week to pay for their tuition. Through this program, students not only earn their school tuition, but can also gain valuable work experience, learn insights from co-workers and position themselves for full-time summer jobs or future internships. Many of these students will complete their Corporate Work ...

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Alumni Spotlight

Since the first Magnetar Academy Team Challenge in 2013, the event has added new elements each year, and this year we were proud to have another first: a Magnetar Academy alum returned to speak to students. Lilly Martinez participated in that inaugural Team Challenge four years ago, when she was a junior at Golder College Prep. Now a junior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she spoke to this year’s Team Challenge participants about the her experience in college, and how she has applied lessons learned from the Magnetar Academy both in school and in life. It ...

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Q&A with Al Raby High School

Al Raby High School, a public school in the Garfield Park neighborhood, is one of the newest high schools in the city of Chicago -- its doors first opened in 2004, and its first class of seniors graduated less than a decade ago. Raby was an early participant in the Magnetar Academy, though, and won the second competition in at the Magnetar Academy Team Challenge in 2014, earning a $5,000 grant. Named after Chicago educator and civil rights leader Albert Raby, the school strives to help students understand the importance of education and active citizenship. The school ...

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Q&A with Jones College Prep

Located just south of Chicago’s Loop, Jones College Prep is one of the closest high schools to the city’s financial center, just a short walk from the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Stock Exchange. It is easy to understand then why the selective enrollment school was one of the earliest participants in both the Magnetar Academy curriculum and the Magnetar Academy Team Challenge, joining the event in 2014. Russ Kerr, a math teacher at Jones and a former futures trader, organizes the school’s team each year. Kerr began teaching the Magnetar curriculum as part ...

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Team Challenge 2017: Social Media Recap

We’re still half a year away from football season, but Chicago’s Soldier Field was brimming with competition and excitement on Saturday, March 18th, as the fifth annual Magnetar Academy Team Challenge brought together approximately 375 local high school students for a stock trading competition. Here we go 💰🤞🏼💸📈🔔... @MagnetarAcademy @ConantBusEd #ConantCougars pic.twitter.com/PnpFSyVmtE — Matt Marks (@MattMarks6) March 18, 2017 The competition is the capstone event of the Magnetar Youth Investment Academy Program, which provides free ...

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