By Dorothea Bianco
To the underclassmen of East Greenwich High School, the infamous senior project is a mystery. My sister, Eva, is a senior this year, which is the only reason I began to realize how much work and effort went into creating a project such as this one. Most of these projects that the seniors are doing this year are coming to a close. I decided this was a good time to show the main aspect of the project for my fellow younger classmen and highlight some of the well-done projects that our seniors have created.
To give a quick overview of the criteria for these projects, there are three paths that one can follow. You can either explore a new career, experience a new and creative skill, or serve your community in a new way. For each option, all of the seniors need a mentor to help guide them along through the process. From the student’s junior year to the winter and early spring of their senior year, they work diligently on their project to complete all of the requirements. The options for the project are endless, meaning that students can use a wide variety of skill sets.
This year, watching my sister’s project come together has been particularly interesting. She decided to take on the challenge of learning a new skill. She wanted to investigate a method of art that she had never tried before. Her inspiration originated from her childhood where she grew up surrounded by my grandma who loves to quit. For Eva’s project, she decided to create a quilt of her own. By using a picture of our backyard as inspiration, the quilt began to come together. As a mentor, she chose a woman named Nancy, an expert quilter and one of my grandmother’s close friends. With Nancy by her side, Eva was ready to begin her project. Always with a positive attitude, Eva met with Nancy once a week and put in way more than the project’s requirement of 25 hours. Her hard work definitely paid off. The end result was a beautifully crafted fabric with layers upon layers of paint and thread designed into a one of a kind quilt.
The senior project was made to be a fail or pass gateway for the seniors to graduate, but now it is clear to me that it is so much more than that. It is for them to take independence into their own hands and get to explore a new and exciting topic that they wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Other than my sister, there are so many other seniors with amazing and unique projects of their own. They put many dedicated hours into their projects, so next time you have a conversation with one of EGHS seniors, ask them about it. I’m sure they would be more than happy to share their stories and project with you.