Academy of Finance students experience Big Apple business
Members of the Academy of Finance program at South Hagerstown High School recently visited the business district in New York City. (Submitted photo / July 4, 2011)
The tour began at the Grand Central Terminal, a transportation hub for commuters and a destination for tourists like the academy students, who had the opportunity to marvel at its history and architecture, and to enjoy the local cuisine.
Other attractions visited included Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ground Zero, Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty and the observatory deck of the Empire State Building.
The focus of the trip, however, was “all business.”
Academy students toured Grinnell Designs, a jewelry production house, and had the opportunity of interviewing the owner, Pat Grinnell.
The Museum of American Finance, dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free-market tradition, also was included in the tour. Students visited the Credit Crisis Timeline wall that traces the development of the financial crisis, studied the history of U.S. money through an interactive display, and followed the financial scandals of America from Duer’s role in the Crash of 1792 to Bernard Madoff.
The culminating event of the New York City trip was the tour of the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange. Students learned about the history of the exchange and its operational procedures, and observed the floor in action.
The Washington County Academy of Finance provides a model academic program that focuses on a concentrated study of the financial-services industry. The objective of the academy is to expose students to expanding businesses and financial institutions, and to prepare them for career opportunities in both fields.
For more information about the Academy of Finance, contact Sharon Chirgott, coordinator, at 301-766-2956.