10th Grade Capstone Project
On May 24th, the gymnasium was transformed into an exhibition hall for UN Conference Day. Tenth grade students, as part of their year-end social studies Capstone Project, conducted research on a world issue affecting an international country. Based on the Model UN, students spent two months researching a country of their choosing to gain a deeper understanding of the problems and present an original solution, essentially acting as diplomats for their country. Issues ranged from Global Nuclear Disarmament to Ensuring Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.
Social Studies teacher Tricia Oliveras confirms that the Capstone Project builds on important skills that students have been working on since the beginning of high school, such as the ability to communicate both in writing and through presentation. It also gives them a broader perspective on international issues facing the world today.
Sophomore Samantha Karlosky, who studied the Rights of Indigenous Women in Brazil, admitted it was a "challenging project, but it taught me a lot about Brazil specifically and how to research in general". She said she had trouble finding detailed information about her subject on the traditional UN website so she had to dig a little deeper to find what she was looking for. She acknowledges that it has set her up well for future projects.
On UN Conference Day students were required to give three 10-minute presentations to an active audience and then switch roles to serve as the audience. Teachers and administrators circulated listening to and grading each student. The creative solutions were quite impressive. These students are on a great path to becoming tomorrow's leaders.