By Nicholas Murray
Capstones are the most important part of a senior’s year, college application excluded of course. For those who do not know, capstones are the the requirement for a senior to graduate.
Capstones can be any (school appropriate) project students can come up with. Many of these projects have a lot of thought and time put into them. This article will show three of these well thought out and impressive capstones created by seniors Daniel Varnis, Teige Douhgerty, and Owen Grzywinski.
Capoeira is a Brazilian dance that incorporates the art of fighting, music, and of course, dancing. Those who have ever seen, heard or performed this art know that it it is a skillful combination of speed, power, and leverage. It is not something that you can simply “mimic.” You need a skilled teacher to master this art.
This is exactly what Owen Grzywinski is attempting to do for his capstone. He wishes to to teach kids how to perform Capoeira because it is his “comfort zone.”
“I’ve been taking classes since I was 8. It’s the one thing I feel comfortable enough with to make a capstone out of and I think it would be a lot of fun to teach kids something that I’m passionate about.”
He is not completely sure where and when his capstone will start, he just hopes that it will start soon after winter break. More details concerning his capstone will be made public in future advisory memos.
One of the oldest and largest children’s hospitals in the world is Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia, which focuses its efforts on aiding children in need help. While medical help is important, the children also need someone to lift their spirits.
This is exactly what Teige Dougherty wants to accomplish with his capstone. He wants to have a series of musical concerts to make the children’s stay there more enjoyable. He felt as though this was the best option for his capstone because he himself has spent time at the hospital.
He already has one of the most crucial parts of the concerts underway. Gathering the musicians. . “I will be putting together groups of musicians through my connections in music all over the city.”
If all goes well he plans on having his capstone commence in late March or early April. If you want to aide in his noble cause, he says that’ “Any musician is welcome to participate in the concerts. Even if you aren’t a musician you can come and help out on the day of the concerts.”
Daniel Varnis is a student who has had issues with capstone choices before, so it is very fortunate that he now has a solid plan for what his capstone is. He worked with the representatives of Citizens Bank Park to have a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 7:05 PM.
“The plan is, a link will go live around New Years where anyone can go online and purchase tickets to the Phillies vs. Braves game on that date. The tickets will cost $24.00 a piece, but $8.00 will be given back to SLA for each ticket bought!”
The representatives assured Daniel that there will be 100-200 seats available just for SLA and if that limit is passed, another section will be given to the school. Although this essentially a fundraiser, Daniel had this to say, “ Aside from the seriousness of raising money, it’s going to be a lot of fun! Be sure to get in with your friends, family, whoever and purchase tickets, there is plenty of time to do so.”
He finished by saying that more information shall be available and that if you have any questions, you should email him at any time. This is an amazing thing he is doing so you should help out by spreading the word.