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Seniors Show Inner Beauty Through Capstone Project

Beauty is more than skin deep. That's why on Tuesday, March 22, several female students, faculty and staff took a pledge not to wear make-up that day. The idea came from a Senior Capstone Group consisting of Taylor Burrows, Rosie McDonald, Niesha Montgomery, Allison Potter and Madelyn Skinner.

"We all have experienced self-image problems, which normally results in the use of make-up," Skinner said. "With this day, we wanted to make girls feel more comfortable without makeup!"

Capstone Works To Defy False Masculinity

What does it mean to be a man? Seniors Mike Carper, Graham Curry, Isaiah Gates and Deter Spees looked into high school students and society's thoughts about that statement for their Senior Capstone Project.

"High school is a time when people discover themselves and attempt to define themselves, often looking to their peers' actions to help them do so," Carper explained. "During this time, it is crucial to have positive influences. Our group wants to be a source of positive influence for high school students as they discover who they want to be."

Capstone Holds T-Shirts to Dog Toys Drive

Seniors Taylor Bridgett, Olivia Brown, Carly Buchanan, and Emilie Nevius have a passion for animals. That’s why for their Senior Capstone Project, the group is holding two activities involving furry friends.

“Our project is all about helping animals in the local area,” Bridgett said. “We want to benefit local shelters.”

“Some of us did our junior year service hours at local shelters and even after the requirement was done, we kept going back to volunteer,” Buchanan added. “So we knew we wanted our Senior Capstone Project to focus on animals.”

Capstone Brings Awareness to Mental Health

Seniors NyJia Lott, Laura Neff and Ayreon Wilkinson have each seen someone struggle with depression and the toll it can take on a family. That's why for the trio's Capstone Project, they wanted to share the signs of the disorder and remove some of the stigma associated with it.

"We made a power point presentation to show to all the homerooms," shared Neff. "In the power point, we explained depression, its symptoms, causes, and the different methods of treatment."

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

From January 31 - February 6, 2016, Catholic schools across the nation are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This annual event honors the value of a Catholic education and is observed with activities for students, families and the community. The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week is, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

Capstone Teaches About 5-2-1-0 Plan

5-2-1-0 more than a math problem. It's the name of a campaign to help stop childhood obesity and the focus behind a Senior Capstone Project.

Seniors Carlos Estrada-Sanchez, Anna Miller, Colin Monroe and Natalie Murray said, "Moving into college we understand that it will be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We wanted to get into the habit now so that we can avoid that dreaded freshman 15. Research on 5-2-1-0 really helped teach us about our upcoming lifestyle choices."

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