STARS Student Awards

Students compete across the state for STARS Awards

There is one award period for each school calendar year. The award period will end in April. Students who desire to be considered for the award must participate either in the online STARS program or through a STARS trained teacher’s class. The students will write a paper documenting their research process in creating their stock portfolios, explaining why they chose particular stocks, describing how their stocks performed, and detailing what they have learned as a result of participating in the STARS program.

The Oklahoma Department of Securities will award up to seven (7) $1000 awards to participating students in grades 9-12. The students will be divided according to the OSSAA Academic Bowl classifications (i.e., Class A, Class 2A, Class 3A, Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A, and “other”) based on the high school of the participating student. The “other” classification will include schools not otherwise classified and students who are home schooled.

STARS trained teachers may submit up to two (2) reports per teaching period to be considered for the awards. The two teaching periods shall span April 16-December 15 and December 16 – April 15.

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Fall 2017 State Winner

Addi Duerksen

Weatherford High School, Junior

Duerksen was the Fall 2017 STARS State Winner. Duerksen says she is now "so much more knowledgeable about money and investments."

Ethan O’Connor

Mount St. Mary, Freshman
Teacher: Francois Boda, Personal Finance


Jarvis Robinson

Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences, Junior
Teacher: Kathy Hahn, Personal Finance


Carlee Clark

Marlow High School, Senior
Teacher: Jeff Prater, Personal Financial Literacy

South Central

D.J. Hicks

Caney High School, Senior
Teacher: Clinta Smith, Financial Literacy


Ashlee Bevers

SW Alternative Cooperative Ed., Senior
Teacher: Deborah Adams, Financial Literacy