Northwest NEWS

December 4, 2000

School

Cedarcrest High School Senior Project needs panel members

As the school year continues to unfold, so does the progress of students taking the Senior Project/Pacific Rim class. Students have created their posters, a visual aid that serves several purposes.
   The posters are an introduction to the students' topics. They provide an attention-grabbing focal point during the students' presentations. The posters are one of the most creative aspects of the Senior Project. Each student customizes his poster to reflect his own individual flair and taste, and then tailors it to his specific topic.
   Three-dimensionals aspects are encouraged; students' names and topic themes are requirements. The posters are currently being displayed in the Cedarcrest library. All are encouraged to stop in and see for themselves the wealth of creativity, diversity of topics and incredible hard work that the students have produced.
   Currently, students are working on their Engish paper portion. This is where students take the research they have done on their topics and organize it to support the thesis of their papers. Students are also busy working on the product portion of the Senior Project. Students keep track of how many hours they spend learning and doing something new that teaches them more about their topics of interest. These hours are documented and the "doing" can take many forms. Scrapbooks, lessons, videotapes and physical work completed are just a few of the ways students work towards finishing the product section.
   On Friday, Jan. 19, the students will be giving presentations of their final projects. This is the finale and culmination of everything they have worked on the entire semester during the Senior Project. The presentations are done in front of a panel of five to six adults made up of school staff and community members. Each student gets 8-12 minutes to present their topics.
   Using their posters and other visual aids, they explain their papers and describe their products. When the time is up, the panel members ask questions of the students. They critique their knowledge of the topic and the students' overall performances. Introducing themselves to the panel members, maintaining eye contact, staying within the time allotment and displaying confidence in their acquired experiences as it relates to their projects are all evaluated. The end result is a student who has gained valuable new skills in putting together and presenting a completed project, skills that prepare them for the world outside high school.
   Serving on one of the Senior Project panels is open to any commuity member who is interested.
   It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience watching these young people shine in this venue. It is a remarkable process to witness the growth these students realize and the level of achievement they attain.
   Anyone interested in serving on one of the Senior Project panels may contact Beth Goodman, Senior Project Coordinator, at (425) 844-4800.