Seniors to present special projects
MORGAN CITY, La. -- Students and teachers alike at Morgan City High School agree that senior projects teach more than the skills students elect to study.
The event showcases the efforts of English 4 honors students who elected to take on a senior project in addition to their required curriculum.
The students are required to write an eight-page research paper, complete 20 hours of work toward a product, compile a comprehensive portfolio and present their projects to the community.
“It takes all the skills that they learned in all four years of high school and requires them to use them,” said Leslie Smith, English 4 and senior project teacher.
“It teaches (students) responsibility because they’re working independently in addition to the English 4 curriculum,” Smith said.
Because students have to meet with an adult mentor from the community who works in or has experience in the chosen field, “It puts them in an adult setting while they’re still in high school,” Smith said.
Senior project students Alexis Vaughn and Kade Armond agreed with their teacher’s assessment.
“It taught me how to balance more things between work and homework … it also taught me time management,” Vaughn said.
Armond agreed: “If you don’t have a plan set together, it’s not going to come out like you want.”
Vaughn added: “It also helped me with talking to adults because you’re forced to call people and it puts you more in the real world … you get to meet more people and learn something new.”
The students and their projects are: Armond, collision repair; Vaughn, recycled jewelry; Lindsay Blair, special effects makeup; Tatiana Brobbel, genealogy; Carly Gowan, history of Louisiana; Hunter Harrington, quantum trapping; Adam Lacy, mobile app design; Amber Miller, wilderness survival; Ashely Rock, cake decorating; and Kendale Watson, sugar sculpting.
Morgan City High School’s Senior Project Showcase will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the school’s Multi-Purpose Building and is open to the public.
“Senior project gives you a chance to let your brain explore something that you’ve never done before. It opens you up to a whole bunch of new possibilities … it’s a doorway, a stepping stone,” Armond said.