School Notes: Lebanon Elementary Student Wins Investment Plan Contest

Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, June 11, 2018

Hanover Street School fourth-grader Grace Clancy recently wrote the top investment plan among New Hampshire elementary-school students competing in SIFMA Foundation’s spring essay contest.

Clancy wrote about how the American Girl Co., which makes dolls, could best manage its assets for both short-term and long-term sustainability.

“I would suggest taking some risks, like buying a company that is not doing so well but might go up because they are about to sell a new product,” Clancy wrote in her essay. “It is a good idea to diversify in different sectors because if one sector goes up all the companies in that sector will go up and make you a lot of money.”

The essay competition, underwritten by Wells Fargo, is the culminating activity for students taking part in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game. Wells Fargo and the foundation honored her and her teachers, Laurel Pollard and Joseph Spinella, during an assembly at Hanover Street School on May 31. In her essay, Clancy noted that the game “helped me learn about mutual funds, stocks and bonds. I really enjoyed doing it.”

To learn more about the SIFMA Foundation’s educational programs and contests, visit sifma.org/foundation.

By Degrees

White River Junction resident Molly Mead received her master’s degree in social work, with honors, during commencement exercises at the University of Texas at Austin on May 19. She is a 2012 graduate of Hartford High School.

More than 40 Upper Valley residents received diplomas during commencement exercises at the University of New Hampshire in May.

Recipients of bachelor’s degrees, by hometown, are:

Canaan — Anthony Young (cum laude, mechanical engineering); Evangelos Rossis (chemistry); Alexandra VanZandt (psychology); Chloe Kahn (cum laude, business administration).

Enfield — Alyssa Mott (communications); Joshua Weiss, business administration.

Cornish — Mariah Marsh (cum laude, social work)

Lebanon — Rachel Vaz (summa cum laude, business administration).

Wilder — Kirsten Payne (business administration)

Hanover — Madison Grant-Neary (English/journalism); Araya Lacy (summa cum laude, neuroscience and behavior).

Lyme — Anna Allen (magna cum laude, philosophy).

Plainfield — Hunter Braswell (business administration); Nicholas Davini (summa cum laude, anthropology).

Grantham — Kevin Plodzik, business administration; Micaela Schones (bioengineering).

Orford — Lukas Bell (business administration).

Windsor — Kim Ip (history).

Woodstock — Bradley Lewis (wildlife and conservation biology).

Bradford — Savannah Fay, (human development and family studies).

Piermont — Dylan Gaudette (business administration).

Grafton  — Graeme Bignell (mechanical engineering).

New London — Carl Berg (civil engineering); Alden Perkins, (summa cum laude, sustainable agriculture and food systems).

Claremont — Sarah Renaud (psychology); Julie Hackett (anthropology); Jordan Bates (computer science).

Croydon — Sophia Willis, (magna cum laude, anthropology).

Newport — Julia Sullivan (business administration).

Sunapee — Kevin Parsons (kinesiology/physical education).

Charlestown — Jessica Ross, summa cum laude, music pre-teaching); Rebecca McSweeney (psychology).

Springfield, Vt. — Jonah Blum (summa cum laude, mechanical engineering). 

The following Upper Valley residents received master’s degrees:

Enfield — Krista LaFont-Learney (social work).

Hanover — Patrick Kispert (analytics); Stephen Ketay (social work).

West Lebanon — Erin Perryman (kinesiology); Phillip Wang (accounting).

Grantham — Linda Stone (social work).

Claremont — Courtney Porter (educational studies).

UNH also awarded a doctorate in education to Lebanon resident Justin Benna.

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Thetford Academy student Frank Loveland is one of four American high-schoolers who will spend this coming winter on the Joint Antarctic School Expedition with students from Chile. He will study and work on King George Island under a National Science Foundation grant.

Collegiate Recognition

Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., recently named Hanover resident Kristin Reed to its honor roll, for maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.85 out of a possible 4.0 during the spring semester.

Sharon resident Madisyn Demara and Plainfield’s Joseph Grout earned places on the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University, for their academic achievement during the spring semester at the Conway, S.C. school. Demara is majoring in early childhood education and Grout is pursuing a degree in political science.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304. Education-related news and announcements also can be submitted to schoolnotes@vnews.com.