SPORTS SENIOR PROJECTS
Senior projects are super cool
BY MONICA CRAWFORD OCTOBER 31, 2014
Bouncing around Greenville on a pogo stick and skiing with friends are not typical activities that students partake in relating to English class, but Project Connect provides students with the opportunity to learn more about their interests while doing schoolwork.
All seniors must complete Project Connect as a part of their English class in order to graduate. It gives students the freedom to pursue almost any hobby as long as they give back to the community in some way. This year, senior Christian Rockermann is using the project as a way to learn about a sport that he had never really participated in before.
“I was listening to people talk about their ideas, and they were all talking about doing exciting things like snowboarding and kayaking,” Rockermann said. “You know, I thought that I really wanted to do something like that, but I had already tried most of those things before.”
Rockermann decided to learn how to use a pogo stick for his project and then film himself pogoing around town.
“I’m learning how to pogo stick, and it’s pretty much going to be a pogo across Greenville,” Rockermann said.
While Rockermann is going to learn how to do something new for his project, seniors Trey Pofahl, Chris Kraemer, Larry Yang and Luke Johnson are using the project as a way to participate in a sport that they already know how to do.
“We all were just sitting around one day in physics, and we figured we all like skiing so we might as well try and do something with that for our project,” Kraemer said.
Pofahl, Kraemer, Yang and Johnson are going to go skiing and snowboarding for their project and then create a video of their experience. Because ski season does not start until after the project will be due, the group will have to explain their project at symposium and then actually create the video afterwards.
“We talked to Mr. Worthington, and he’s letting us present essentially a bigger pitch video during symposium talking about how we’re going to do our project and where we’re going because skiing isn’t good until after January,” Pofahl said. “We plan on actually going skiing and snowboarding in February.”
In order to give back to the community, Rockerman, Kraemer and Pofahl all plan on creating a video. Kraemer and Pofahl’s video will include information on ski safety and how to properly ski, while Rockermann’s video will be for entertainment purposes.
“I think the whole goal of my project is to make it entertainment for the community,” Rockermann said. “I’ll also try to find a way to raise money while doing it, like maybe getting sponsors for the video.”