Minarets seniors awarded $5,000 for SLE projects

awileman@sierrastar.comJune 4, 2014 

Each year, seniors at Minarets High School complete a Senior Legacy Experience — the Minarets version of the Senior Project. Students have a great deal of latitude and freedom on how they want to demonstrate their efforts to leave a legacy in the form of an organized school wide or community event, campaign or project.

Senior Legacy Experiences are often extensions of their professional and personal work related to school in the areas of ag and FFA, art, media, music, drama, performing arts, athletics and more.

Additionally, each year, the best of the best from the seniors are invited to present their Senior Legacy Experiences to a group of community panelists and judges to compete for cash prizes donated by local business partners.

Fourteen SLE's were presented this year with $5,000 being distributed to 11 finalists based on creativity, use of technology, participation and outreach as well as the significance of the project and overall visual presentations.

The finals winners and amounts are listed below:

$750 Winners:

Bela Benitez and Hannah Gonzalez - Teacher Appreciation

Michaela Brost, Victoria Owen, and Sierra French - Cans 4 A Cause/Relay for Life

$500 Winners:

Alexi Fulton and Sophie Dunkle - Challenge Days

Sam Whetten - Yearbook

Hailey Zieglar and Analiese Bayt - Special Olympics

Rylee Jackson, Lina Rapp, Lisa Mueller, and Irma Ortiz - Ghana Run/Clean Water Project

Liz Denney - Emergency Lockdown Kits

$250 Winners:

Janell Clark - Yellow Ribbon Week

Ben Nelson - PB4EP

Albert Ellis - A Place at the Table/Food Insecurity

Honorable Mentions:

Taylor Meyer and Matie Grant - Dig Pink

Harley Giles and Samantha Moore - Dark Side of the Moon Revisited

Jesse Parr and Megan Hilliard - Curse of Jasmine Rose Film

Minarets Charter Principal Daniel Ching helped host the presentation and said he was more than proud of all the seniors and their hard work and dedication at making this year's SLE projects as significant and memorable as ever.

"I was incredibly impressed with the creativity, hard work, originality, and impact of the Senior Legacy Experience this year. Our seniors took our challenge of "Go Big, Go Pro, Go Now" to a new level. They made websites, reached out to professionals, created videos, and built support throughout the community," Ching said. "We had students that worked with international organizations as well as community partners.

"Many dedicated a large part of their senior year to participating in meaningful work that is directly related to activities that will help them be successful in their careers," Ching said. " I am so proud of what has been accomplished. Our Juniors are already preparing and planning for next year."

Senior Hailey Zieglar and her partner Analiese Bayt were awarded $500 for their Special Olympic project which was held at Minarets in April. The event gave members of the Mountain Area and the surrounding communities a chance to participate in a fundraising event aimed at acknowledging those with disabilities as equal members of the community.

Zielgar says she was initially inspired by her younger brother who deals with several disabilities and said she wanted to give back to those who she holds so near and dear to her heart.

"My goal was to provide a Special Olympics event that would make kids feel they can overcome anything," Zieglar said.

Minarets promotes Senior Legacy Experience projects in hopes of improving and continuing the legacy in future years.

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