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Hardin Valley Academy has a Bank!
Students Open “The Hawks’ Nest Egg” Bank Branch at HVA
Hardin Valley Academy now has its own bank, “The Hawks’ Nest Egg”, serving students, teachers, administrators and staff. This new 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 Goes to Court!
For the third year, the Federal Court has invited students from BLPA Academy to attend their "Open Doors of Justice Program: November 2. We will leave HVA at 8:30 and return around 12:45. Lunch is provided and the only cost is $6 for bus transportation. Students will participate in a mock trial acting as the defense team, prosecuting team, the witnesses, jury, and of course the accused. Space is limited to 40 so it will be for the first students to apply. It is a great experience in which students learn a lot about law and have a lot of fun too! Thank you to Mrs. Janet Jackson for coordinating this for us.
A field trip is in the Files Section below. Students can have signed, and return with $5 to Mrs. Watson in #D213.
Summer Reading 2012
Attention BLPA Students: You voted, we listened, and you can decide which one of the following books you want to read this summer. Both are great so you may decide to read both!!!
by John Grisham
The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. After twenty plus years together, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy bungalow offices in southwest Chicago.
And then change comes their way. More accurately, it stumbles in. David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our boutique firm. With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, the number one cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight, produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion, has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money. A little online research confirms Wally’s suspicions—a huge plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won’t even have to enter a courtroom! It almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.
BLPA Business, Marketing, & Criminal Justice
Course descriptions for BLPA Electives for 2012-2013 can be found in the files at the bottom of this page.
Senior Portfolio Mentors for Fall 2012
The Business Law and Public Affairs Academy would like thank the companies and organizations that have contributed to our Senior Porfolio experience. Thank you to all mentors. Here is a list of the students mentors and job placements.
Service Learning Hours
Presented to Juniors February 14, 2013
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.