Life School News and Notes
Life School Capstone Projects Provide A Path To Discovery
A girl’s journey from recovering from an eating disorder to discovering a passion for fitness. Customizing, hand painting, and bejeweling shoes turned into a full-scale business. A student using art as a healing technique to help their mom’s battle with cancer. Tips, tricks, and scholarship resources are posted – and hand coded – onto a new website to ease the stress of the scholarship search. These unique gems are just a few of the many senior capstone projects presented at Waxahachie Life High School last Wednesday.
Seniors who took the Capstone class offered at the school chose their project based on a hobby, experiment, plan, or something new they wanted to try.
For Raymond Koontz, it was running a marathon. “I run for fun, and it’s a healthier alternative to just sitting on my phone,” Koontz said.
The goal is to study said topic and pick a mentor to help them achieve their desired goal, from creating a website to starting a business. English, language arts, and reading coordinator Brandee Morris, who oversaw the senior projects, said that students “tend to see the value of resilience and persistence.”
Students who struggle the most in school often do the best because it can help them discover where they want to go.
“Paper Donations,” the bright blue intro slide read, with a photograph of origami animals underneath the title. Senior Emily Ruiz chose to center her project around her love of paper art. She recently donated 100 origami animals to the Children’s House in Dallas along with making animals to give out to other students at school.
“It’s always been a part of my childhood, and a mental distraction for me,” Ruiz said.
Twins Diego and Gabe Casco have been playing soccer since they were 3, and both discovered their lifelong passion at an early age. Diego laid out his elaborate plan for getting admitted into the i2i Soccer Academy in Newcastle, England – one of the top collegiate soccer academies in the world. Not only preparing for the tryouts, but also learning how to apply for residence, both brothers gained admission to the college off feats of talent and hard work. Their goal now is to count down the days to save money.
“Manifesting and speaking things into existence was a big part of it,” Diego said.
Scholarships are not so easy to find, especially as a first-generation college student. Senior Kyrian Jones focused her capstone on building a website designed to find scholarships more easily as well as providing external resources to students. She smiles brightly as she recalls playing on her mom’s “box” computer as a kid.
“I’ve always loved technology – coding, website design, all of it,” Jones said.
The Capstone class at the Life High School Waxahachie has allowed students to research, create, and formulate their passion, and prepare them for the real world.
“They’ll be graduating with skills I wish I had been able to explore,” Morris said.
Article courtesy of McKensi Bryce, The Waxahachie Sun