Hello! My name is Grace Talley and I am currently a senior at William Monroe High School. In my free time, I enjoy reading, swimming, playing piano, and baking. In the fall, I plan on attending Virginia Tech and majoring in systems engineering. 

    My research question is "What are the best ways to prepare students to develop a lifelong strategy for their financial future?" I believe that my findings will be very applicable not only to my life, but to many of my peer's lives as we get ready to go off to college, and determine how we are going to afford that higher level of education. I hope that my research will help others form a financial plan now, which will in turn help them plan for their future.

    For my internship, I worked with Steven Engel, a Private Wealth Advisor for Ameriprise Financial. During this internship, I sat in on some of his client meetings and learned more about how he helps families and individuals manage their money.  

    For my community service, I coordinated a presentation/assembly at my school to teach students about how they can manage their money both now and in the future. I contacted various people in the field of financial planning, and I had Cassandra Riggin, Financial Education and Community Relations Specialist at UVA Community Credit Union, come share her Smart Start to College program.

   As an additional part to my community service, I worked with David Winder at Habitat for Humanity to complete a finance project for their local Habitat Store. Working with a large organization allowed me to experience another aspect of the field of finance. 

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"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
-Alan Lakein


Recent Journals

  • Final Reflection To view my final reflection, please click here. 
    Posted Apr 23, 2017, 5:01 PM by Grace Talley
  • Week of March 27         As it continues to get closer to the day of the final presentation, I am continuing to practice my presentation. After receiving feedback from my peers, I found that I ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 1:56 PM by Grace Talley
  • Week of March 20       This week, I watched a Ted Talk called “Why we do what we do,’” given by Tony Robbins. One of the first things I noticed that made him a great ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 7:57 PM by Grace Talley
  • Week of March 13         This past week, I began working on my final presentation. I developed my PowerPoint, as well as figured out what I want to say on each slide. My first practice ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:28 AM by Grace Talley
  • Week of March 6       Today I completed the legacy aspect of my senior project. To start off the day, I got to school a little early to set up for the presentation. The theater ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:29 AM by Grace Talley
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