Tuesday, December 24, 2013

High school seniors show off their works

Special projects required for valley students to graduate


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Wood River High School senior Lisa Hart did her senior project on wildlife photography. She said she borrowed a camera, a Nikon D7000, for the project and plans to save her money so she can buy a camera of her own. She said the project was the first time she had taken digital photographs. Photo by Roland Lane

Some 140 students from Wood River and Silver Creek high schools presented their senior projects to the community, fellow students, school staff and 130 volunteer panelists at “senior project day” held at both schools on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
    “Prior to the student presentations, the gym was packed with students, staff and community members who turned out for the Community Walk-Through,” said Blaine County School District Communications Director Heather Crocker. “It was standing-room only and a great way to see the capstone of K-12 education in Blaine County.”
    Each high school senior in Idaho is required to get a passing grade on a senior project as a requirement for graduation. Seniors are required to spend at least 25 hours on their projects and to write reports describing what they did.
    Seniors are allowed to choose their own projects and are self-directed in doing them.
    They are required to reflect on what they learned during their presentations to panelists and to explain why they are ready to graduate.
    “We have incredible community support for our students, from the hundreds of mentors to the panelists and people who attended the walk-through, not to mention highly-dedicated teachers who are dedicated to their students,” Crocker said. “It was another successful event focused on student learning in the Blaine County School District.”




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