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Senior projects a storied NU tradition

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The Senior Project at Nevada Union High School is a required part of senior year curriculum for all students. The purpose of the project is to prepare students for higher education and the business world. The project is divided into three main parts; the research paper, the product, and the presentation, though students tend to mix up the order for whatever fits their project best.

For the research component, students are encouraged to pick a topic that they find interesting and then write a paper on it. For example, someone interested in teaching might research and write a paper on early childhood education. For research, an array of methods can be used — from books, magazines, local businesses, polls, the Internet and more.

Generally, after the research paper has been written, students will start on their projects. The projects can be nearly anything, though students are encouraged to volunteer in their community in ways that explore future career interests. A student who wrote a research paper on music might volunteer to teach music to a third grade class.

After the first two phases of the project have been completed, the students will give a presentation to a board of five adults from the community. The presentations happen toward the end of the school year in May. The purpose of the presentations is for students to demonstrate their public speaking skills in the 7 to 9 minutes they are allotted to speak. Students are expected to explain their projects thoroughly and highlight what they have learned. It is not unusual for students to say that they have learned many important skills that will aid them in their futures.

Every year at Nevada Union there are an assortment of exciting Senior Projects happening and this year is no exception.

Earlier in the year, Leya Van Doren and DeAnna Murphy produced a “A Night on Broadway” which highlighted many NU students and their vocal talents. The project raised nearly $500 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Carly Wellman and Tyler Robin are having an event later this year called “NU Unplugged” which is a talent show of sorts that showcases NU students; instrumentals, vocals, poetry, comedy, acting, and more. Students are encouraged to audition by either sending in a tape or coming to a live audition. Wellman said that the purpose of the event is to “highlight student’s music talents so that everyone can see their peers in a new light.”

The is planned for 7 p.m. March 7 in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union.

While many senior projects involve events and fundraising, some are much more volunteer orientated. For her project, Spanish 4 AP student, Katie Power, worked at the Yuba City Unified School District Preschool. Power organized volunteers for a fall festival at the school where many of the children’s first language is Spanish.

“I really like working with children and it was a great way to improve my Spanish skills for the real world,” Power said of her project.

The Senior Project at Nevada Union High School is a storied tradition that launches students into adulthood. It’s something all Nevada Union graduates have in common — a project that brought them closer to their futures.

Joslyn Fillman is a senior at Nevada Union High School.

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