Wednesday, January 23, 2013

High school seniors show off their works

Projects required for high school graduation

Express Staff Writer

Emily Seiller took on “interior design” as her senior project. She said she was inspired by her grandmother, who was an interior designer. Photo by Roland Lane

Alejandro Avira built a computer from scratch. Dacota Ratcliffe built an artificial intelligence robot. Varsity basketball player Kennedie Howard assisted in coaching the Wood River Middle School seventh-grade basketball team.

Avira, Ratcliffe and Howard were among some 160 Wood River High School seniors who demonstrated their senior projects at Senior Project Day, held Thursday, Jan. 17, at Wood River High School.

Blaine County School District Communications Director Heather Crocker said some 200 people attended Senior Project Day to see what the seniors had come up with.

Omar Garcia studied Chinese medicine. Maggie Williams learned the art of stained glass. Joshua Morell learned fly fishing. Timothy Boyle created a skeletal reconstruction of a beaver.

The list goes on and on, with projects including high tech, athletics, job shadowing professionals and learning music and art skills. Hailey Cooper studied speech pathology, Zachary Freeman learned wilderness survival, Taylinn Lake learned to ride a horse and Alex Lopez-Lizarraga learned how to play the piano.

About 140 community members volunteered to serve as panelists to evaluate the projects as seniors individually explained their objectives and what they had learned.

A passing grade on a senior project is a requirement for high school graduation. Seniors are required to spend at least 25 hours on their projects and to write reports describing what they did.

They were assisted with their projects by teacher-advisors Kevin Lupton, Bill Petzke, Susan Canham, Susan Worst, Joel Zellers and Jane Ulrich.

Julie Grafft served as senior project coordinator.

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