Students in Mrs. McNamara’s AP Microeconomics class offered their final thoughts on their culminating design challenge project. Using the tools of economic thinking, students were tasked with managing investments through a traditional stock portfolio and to steward the investment in such a way that a lasting impact could be made to Villa Maria Academy.
Students worked in two teams throughout the year to manage a stock portfolio, and in a relatively short window, managed to see impressive portfolio growth of 24% and 9% each. In addition, students Hannah Moerman, Alianna Buck, Megan Bradley and Emily Wilson took on the added task of raising funds through the sale of a uniquely Villa Maria Camelbak water bottle. With the additional funds raised on top of their portfolio gains, the girls’ contribution to the Villa community came in the form of two new water filtration stations that are currently being installed across the campus.
The other team, consisting of Laura Lucarelli, Hanniu Lu, Grace Olenzak and Jillian McCord, devoted their energy and resources toward permanent solar lighting at the Villa Maria sign on Central Avenue. Students shared their enthusiasm for the project as offering a real life hands on experience that also had a positive impact on the school they love. The initial investment was made possible through the generosity of VMAHS Alumnae Association president, Mary Jane Raymond. Investment expertise was provided by alumnae Krista Zaccaria Finegan ’90 and Kristen Scardellette ’09.