2013 - 2014 BLPA Summer Read -- Divergent by Veronica Roth, published by Harper Collins 2011.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
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Hardin Valley Academy has a Bank!
Students Open “The Hawks’ Nest Egg” Bank Branch at HVA
Hardin Valley Academy has its own bank, “The Hawks’ Nest Egg”, serving students, teachers, administrators and staff. This service gives students the opportunity to learn about banking and saving by opening bank accounts, making deposits and withdrawals of cash. This service is offered by students in the Banking and Finance class through a partnership with UT Federal Credit Union. Students in the class are gaining valuable work experience in their bank teller roles, supervised by a UTFCU manager, and also are building their skills in marketing the bank to other HVA students, teachers and administrators.
The branch is conveniently located in the HVA atrium near the auditorium. Services are offered Tuesday – Friday during 3rd block (when all students have a lunch period).
The student accounts are real bank accounts, which can be accessed online and also by visiting other UTFCU branches. The accounts continue after students graduate. Students can open a simple savings account without a parent signature. The minimum account balance required for membership is $5 and UTFCU donates that to each account. This $5 must remain in the account.
All accounts with UTFCU are safe, insured up to $250,000 by the NCUA, the National Credit Union Association.
The branch is called “The Hawks’ Nest Egg”. A “Name the Bank” contest was held during the 2012 Spring Semester and Sophomore Caley Gullet submitted the winning entry. She won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of UTFCU.
Students who are interested in enrolling in the Banking and Finance class should consult their guidance counselor. The Banking and Finance class is open to students from all academies.
BLPA Business, Marketing, & Criminal Justice
Course descriptions for BLPA Electives for 2013-2014 can be found in the files at the bottom of this page.
Service Learning Hours
Videos and Podcasts
Presented to Juniors February 10, 2014
Explains contents of required assignments and rubrics
For BLPA Senior Class of 2013. Apply for this scholarship by Monday, April 8. This form gives details for requirements.
The place to keep track of all your service learning hours.
The form you need to list details about service learning projects AND for your supervisor's signature.