Friday, January 27, 2012

Seniors present their projects

Displays involve kayaking, origami and other endeavors


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Wood River High School senior Sean Sutton talks to a senior citizen about learning to kayak. Sutton was one of some 200 seniors who presented their senior projects to the public on Thursday, Jan. 19. Courtesy photo

Some 200 Wood River High School students used books, laptop computers, DVD players and their verbal skills to show off their senior projects to the public at Senior Project Day on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the high school.

"It was an over-the-top, huge, huge success," said Heather Crocker, Blaine County School District director of communications. "We had tons of community there, definitely at least a hundred people there, if not more."

Crocker said a large contingent of community members who attended were enthusiastic senior citizens who were shuttled to the event by car or bus from the Blaine County Senior Center.

Completion of a senior project is a requirement in Idaho for graduation. Furthermore, Crocker said, the projects are consistent with the district's goal of helping to develop "the whole child."

"Student-led independent learning is a capstone to the K-12 education in Blaine County," she said. "The self-directed endeavor represents personal and academic growth for every student in the public school system."

Projects undertaken and displayed at senior day included learning to kayak, restaurant management, development of a computer game, design of a miniature golf course and origami lessons.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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