Posts tagged ‘Accounting’

May 21, 2012

National Financial Challenge Winner!

Our Accounting students recently participated in the annual National Financial Capability Challenge and we had a winner! Congratulations to senior Ankit Patel who scored in the top 20% of students across the country.

More than 80,000 students took this year’s test with an average score of 69% which Ankit obviously surpassed.  He will be featured on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website and is now eligible for a $1000 scholarship.  Wish him luck – the scholarship winners will be announced in May!

While Ankit received the highest score in our school, senior Marissa Williams is also to be congratulated as she received a certificate for having the 2nd highest score in our school.


For more statistics on the challenge see

April 16, 2011

National Financial Capability Challenge results

Seal of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

By Mrs. Sheryl Kirby

I am very proud to announce that GWHS students Amanda Donlen and Johnny Navarro, juniors in my Accounting class, scored in the top 20% of more than 84,000 students across the nation who participated in the U. S. Department of the Treasury’s National Financial Capability Challenge.

With an average nationwide score of 69% on the challenge, the Treasury Department states, “The results reinforce our belief that there is more work to be done to prepare our young people for the financial future that awaits them.”   Despite this relatively low nationwide average, eight of our Accounting students scored higher than 69%!

Amanda and Johnny now have a chance to win one of  five $1,000 scholarships for students who scored in the top 10% among all students who attend low-income public schools, with another $1,000 grant from a foundation being awarded to our school if they win. All scholarship winners will be announced by April 23, 2011, so please join me in congratulating them on their accomplishment and wishing them good luck in the scholarship opportunity!

January 18, 2011

Free income tax services for students

GWHS Accounting students will be offering electronic income tax preparation services in Room 13 during 8th period.  Bring your W-2 form and Social  Security Card to take advantage of this service.  IRS-recommended quality control procedures will be followed for all returns to ensure accuracy and privacy.

November 1, 2010

GWHS students take a trip to Temple










By Eric Smith, Class of 2012

Our Business students recently took a trip with Mrs. Kirby to Temple University for the annual conference about careers in Accounting sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).  We learned that the Accounting field provides opportunities to travel and get paid big bucks. There is a diverse amount of career fields for accountants: you could be a special agent for the FBI, a forensic accountant, treasurer for a corporation, or even a fraud examiner for the police department. There are many more positions as an accountant if you set your goals.

The Temple students and staff told us that many Accounting students work internships during their senior year, and they may have had to work longer hours than employees, but it was all worth it. There are many more opportunities for accountants than there were ten years ago (2000).   We also learned that Accounting is not always about math, it’s about the legal aspects of the law in financial situations.

We heard a speaker talk about her job in royalty accounting.  Royalty accounting helps recording artists manage the money earned from royalties for their recording labels.   Some of this speaker’s job responsibilities are to travel around the world with or without the recording artist to insure their money is safe and that other countries are paying the correct amount of royalties. It sounded like a fun job and if you are interested in traveling, this may be a job for you. Good grades with the determination to apply yourself to your goals will lead you to be a successful accountant.

We also heard a speaker from Temple tell us that they are looking at your high school GPA before making their acceptance decision.   One thing the colleges are starting to look at is your media profile (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc). Having inappropriate pictures on a social profile can ruin your chances for jobs, internships, and other opportunities.

Many students enjoyed the trip and learned so much about accounting. The process which students go through to pursue their careers was very well explained. Starting now, future accountants need to keep your head up high, work on having excellent grades, and pursue for your career!

April 27, 2010

GWHS Students score high in Financial Capability Challenge

  CONGRATULATIONS TO Larry Liu and Jorden Printz! 

When GWHS Accounting students recently participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, seniors Larry Liu and Jorden Printz scored in the top 20% of all students with scores of 92% and 90%, respectively.   Across the country, 76,000 high school students participated in this event with an average score of 70% so this was quite an accomplishment.

Congratulations to both of them!  They will be honored publicly in a media event and on a website so watch for a link coming soon..