Stellar seniors

Yosemite High School seniors showcase senior projects centered on community service

Carmen GeorgeJune 5, 2013 

Yosemite High School seniors recently completed their year-long senior projects, with 11 students awarded for outstanding projects during Tuesday's end of the year rally.

Seniors showcased their projects May 21 in a new format, a Senior Project Fair, where all projects were displayed on visual boards for judges and the public. The event included a light dinner catered by Dena Boortz and the culinary arts students.

"There were many parents and friends that also attended the event and it was so nice to see them there," said YHS teacher Rebecca Hardison, senior project chairperson and adviser this year. "Most judges and parents reported that they liked the new format much more because they could see what all of the students did for their projects."

All projects this year had to be community service based. In year's past, students were allowed to complete their community service hours unrelated to their project.

Projects honored

Each of the senior projects was reviewed by five different judges during the Senior Project Fair, with a total of 63 judges volunteering, Hardison said. Judges and parents were allowed to vote for their favorites in three categories: "Best Visual," "Most Professional Presentation" and "Best Senior Project.

Overall Grand Prize : Danielle Troup (who took a top place in all three categories) for hosting a volleyball game for breast cancer awareness at YHS when the team played Chowchilla.

Best Senior Project : First place, Delaney Mitchell for hosting a drunk driving awareness event. All tied for second place: Chase Arata (snowmobile rides for mentally handicapped), Daphne Norman and Cayla Brosi ("Guerilla Goodness" acts of random kindness), Robin Meister (introverts awareness small group) and Kaylynn Land (mission trip to San Francisco).

Best Visual : First place, Chandler Haas (making Yosemite High's end of the year video). Second place, Samantha Noonkester (adopted a needy family for Christmas from the Manna House).

Most Professional Presentation : First place, David Nobles (worship leader at Sierra Pines Church). Second place, Augie Kleist (coaching youth soccer).

Students worked on their projects in their English and history classes to complete the required elements of the Senior Project which included a proposal letter, research project, log of hours, professional résumé, reflection paper, and the visual project.

"YHS would like to thank all of those in the community who have helped encourage the seniors this year as they completed their projects through support or by serving as a mentor to a student," Hardison said.

She said special thanks go out to Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary, Sierra Telephone, Service Organization of the Sierras, Heidi Baker, the Senior Project Committee, Dena Boortz, Raley's, YHS Administration, and those in the community who donated materials for visuals for the Senior Project Fair.

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