This December, 25 seniors will be giving their early bird Exit Project presentations on topics they picked in their junior year of high school.
Seniors have the choice to present their Exit Projects in December of their senior year or later in the spring. Some seniors choose to do the early bird presentations so they do not have to worry about the Exit Project during second semester and can, instead, focus on their classes and prepare for graduation and college.
”I picked to do an early bird presentation so I would not be stressing out as much next semester,” senior Carmen Mallon said.
Students begin working on their Exit Projects during junior year, when they find a community mentor, complete a project proposal and write a research paper related to their project. During senior year, most work on the project and prepare for their Exit Project day by completing a portfolio and a presentation.
Most of the projects that the seniors do are about something that they are interested in. Senior Zane Roberts, who is in cross country, stretched himself to run a marathon for his project. Senior Trevor Badura, who enjoys biking with his dad, did a 100-mile biking course.
“I think my project has impacted my life by making me a lot better physically and training me to be patient because you don’t ride 100 miles in 30 minutes,” Badura said. “I felt like I was out there for a whole day when it was only six hours.”
The project is meant to help the seniors get ready for their future. Their projects can help them with skills they can use for jobs or hobbies they want to do when they are in need of a job after high school, but it can also teach them life skills.
“I have learned a lot of skills, like responsibility and time management, and I think those will help me better as I go on later in life to know that I can do something like this where I’m on a time schedule, then I don’t have to be as stressed with work,” senior Casey Bowers said.
Likewise, Exit Project coordinator Jessica Augustine said the Exit Project helps students narrow their career choices or start a lifelong hobby.
“I think it’s actually a good idea,” Augustine said. “I always tell the juniors it is something I wish my high school did because I think it allows you to explore certain areas where you have an interest in for a career, and I think if I had had it in high school, I would have been more directed when I began college. The other neat part about it is that it gives students an opportunity to do something that they might never do again. Finally, the project has many skills that are built in, like interviewing, researching, writing, speaking, time management and other soft skills.”
Article and photo by Ethan Karnes, staff member