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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Q&A with Evanston Township High School

School Name: Evanston Township High School Evanston Township High School (ETHS) is 3000+ student public high school in the Chicago-bordering suburb of Evanston -- the same suburb in which Magnetar Capital is located. After learning about the Magnetar Academy a few years ago, ETHS teacher Dave Feeley jumped at the chance to participate, and soon began using the Magnetar Academy curriculum in his business classes. This fall, Feeley taught “Business Law” to 20+ students (mostly upperclassmen), and this semester is teaching “Personal Finance and Careers in Busine...

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5th Annual Team Challenge: How We Got Here

Believe it or not, we’re less than one month away from the 5th Annual Magnetar Academy Team Challenge. In anticipation of our biggest competition yet, we put together a retrospective to show you how far we have come and why it matters. 2013 [Alec Litowitz, CEO of Magnetar Capital, helping students decipher signal from noise at the first Magnetar Academy Team Challenge.] The first ever Magnetar Challenge was held on April 6, 2013, bringing together nearly 100 students from 10 Chicago public high schools. The Magnetar Challenge serves as an opportunity for ...

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