Wahconah Names Top Students for 2011

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Elaina C. Pullano
 Erin C. Caffrey

DALTON, Mass. — Elaina C. Pullano, daughter of Mark and Michelle Pullano of Apple Tree Lane, and Erin C. Caffrey, daughter of James and Katherine Caffrey of Mountain View Terrace, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2011 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.

Both students spoke at the graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 5, at the school.

Pullano is a member the National Honor Society, Student Council, Peer Mediation and the Mentoring program. She participated in four years of varsity girls soccr and track and was captain of the track team this spring. Within the community, she has been active as a member of the Interact Club, CRA Leaders Club and participated in her church by teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. She also was an award-winning vocalist in chorus and was selected Girls' State.

Pullano received the Mount Holyoke College Book Award and plans on attending Williams College in the fall.

Caffrey is a member and treasurer of the National Honor Society, Peer Mediation and Academic Decathlon. She participated in volleyball, softball and four years of swimming, of which she was captain this past season. Her community involvement included Splash, the school's special-needs swim program, and assisting in an afterschool chemistry program at the elementary school.

Caffrey received the Cornell Club Junior Award, the Harvard Prize Book Award, the St. Michael's College Award and plans on attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall.

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The IACCP is a comprehensive program that formalizes and standardizes the knowledge, skills and ethical commitment of investment advisory compliance professionals. Accordingly, designees are charged with helping to both maintain an ethical compliance culture in their firm and advance compliance as a profession.

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Exhaustive certification and course development, together with expert instructors and facilitators from the compliance, legal, regulatory, financial industry, and academic sectors, help ensure that individuals earning the IACCP designation have been trained, tested and certified to meet high industry professional standards.

Coursework for this certification is comprised of 20 two-hour courses that cover topics like the Advisers Act (the predominant law governing Advisers), Ethics, Trading Compliance and more. In addition to this rigorous work, Bills completed an Ethics commitment and assessment paper, and studied various applicable Laws and Rules, SEC Guidance and Interpretations (and various other kinds of SEC publications) in order to pass a three-hour culminating exam. She also completed two years of required IA Compliance experience. In order to maintain her IACCP designation, Bills must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.

 

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