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Academy of Finance holds networking breakfast

Written by AOF senior Harry Madnick

November 13, 2015

The morning of Friday, October 23, students from the Monticello Academy of Finance gathered in the auditorium for its annual Networking Breakfast. This event included the junior and senior Academy of Finance students, and the Academy Board members. This breakfast presented a golden opportunity for the students to meet the individuals who contribute to our branch of NAF as well as an opportunity for the board members to meet the students.

After a delicious breakfast, the Board members spoke to the students about their professional lives and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them at Monticello. Next, each table, comprised of students and Board members, competed to build the tallest marshmallow/toothpick tower in a specified time. From this exercise, students learned the importance of teamwork and problem solving.

AoF senior Harry Madnick revealed, “As a student, I found this to be quite fun and helped bring everyone at the table closer together. It was a real learning experience.” After the team building competition, the Board members gave anecdotal speeches, yielding good advice and inspiration for Monticello’s Academy students.

The National Academy Foundation was created by philanthropist Sanford I. Weill after proposing the idea to the NYC Board of Education in 1982. He envisioned a club that merged educational and real life work components into the high school experience. Monticello High School is one of NAF’s 212 Academy of Finance member programs. Students receive extensive financial and business education, along with an inclusive summer internship program. To learn more about NAF and its programs, go to for more information.