Senior projects are worth keeping

Editor's View
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Senior projects have become a very real rite of passage for Del Oro High School students. In order to graduate, students must complete a senior project. In this week’s Loomis News, reporter Joyia Emard writes that the Placer Union High School District board of trustees is considering changes in the senior project requirement. Over the last 15 years, I’ve become very familiar with Del Oro’s students and their senior projects. Not only have we written stories about many of their projects, we’ve received re-quests to cover even more of them. If notice is made in a timely manner, we are able to at least include senior project events in our calendar. All this time, it has also been my honor to mentor a number of Del Oro’s finest students who chose to write for the Loomis News for their senior projects. Our senior interns possessed different levels of writing skills, but all have taken on assignments with a youthful desire to get a taste of community journalism. I hope the community, too, has benefited from the stories written about, and by, seniors by gaining an insight into what their generation is doing and what they are thinking. Most important of all, the public good that has come out of the senior projects can not be ignored. Through their projects, students have led fundraisers for just about every cause. Whether it was a benefit for cancer research or for sports teams, seniors have figured out a way to appeal to the public to support their projects. Every year, students hold drives to feed and clothe the needy and abused, planned dinners, and put on plays, dances, concerts and other special events. Next month, Mikayla Arbegast is holding a “Kick the Tick” Lyme disease awareness run through Loomis and Penryn. “I chose to do this for my senior project because my mother was diagnosed with Lyme disease my freshman year. After seeing how it affected her and my family, I knew I needed to get the word out about this disease so people can become more cautious, and senior project was the perfect way to do it,” Mikayla said. Others projects have been just for fun. One student schlepped snow from the Sierra so that some of his fellow students could experience snowboarding for the first time. Students interviewed for our Streetwise column this week said senior projects are “too stressful,” “too hard” and “take up a lot of our time.” To me, that sounds like a description of what adults encounter in life every day. Perhaps the senior project concept needs some fine tuning. But from my perspective, senior projects have proven their value and should be retained in some form.