Wilbraham Monson grad visits Maura Griffin

Maura Griffin

Valeria Surkovaite ’14 and Maura Griffin at Blue Spark

Valeria Surkovaite ’14 visited Maura Griffin at Blue Spark Capital Advisors offices while she was in New York City and had a meeting with Founder, CEO & fellow Wilbraham Monson Academy alumna Maura Griffin. Valeria told WMA alumni magazine, “It was extremely nice to meet a fellow alumna and although our graduation years are far apart, we were able to relate to each other by sharing similar experiences. Her story inspired and encouraged me to continue working hard and committing to my dreams.”Valeria interned later at Blue Spark Capital Advisors, blogging and researching with Maura Griffin.

An Internship with Maura Griffin at Blue Spark

Valeria, an International Maritime Business major at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, was one of more than 1,000 students from Massachusetts public colleges and universities, and only the second MMA cadet, to present a paper at the UMASS Undergraduate Research Conference. “The Repeal of Crude Oil Ban: Its Necessity and Possible Outcomes” earned special praise from the Chair of the conference’s oral presentation session. We at Blue Spark Financial wish Valeria the best for the rest of her college journey and beyond. * Known as The Global School, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has a mission to develop global citizens and leaders. To prepare each student for the challenges of higher education and for success as a global citizen, they promote intellectual development, physical health, personal accountability, mutual respect and commitment to service. They are a small, local, nurturing, traditional school and part cutting-edge, forward-thinking preparation for college and the world beyond. What sets WMA apart from other schools is our combination of community, academics, distinctive programs and opportunities. As one of the country’s oldest boarding schools, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has been educating global citizens and world leaders since 1804. In Wilbraham, Massachusetts, it draws students from around the world.

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