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The Senior Project is an academic as well as a hands-on experience that allows students to demonstrate and display their mastery of the 21st century skills they acquire during their years at Mansfield High School. Students propose a topic or area of which they have a desire or passion to explore. Students develop a challenging but achievable project goals that represent a “learning stretch.”Students then complete minimum of 20 fieldwork hours.In addition to fieldwork, Senior Project students also complete a research paper on a topic related to their fieldwork and also create a digital portfolio. The Senior Project culminates in a final presentation before a Senior Project board that consists of faculty and community members. Students are guided through each aspect of the Senior Project program through a variety of assignments, class meetings, and individual conferences. 


The Senior Project focuses on developing the following skills:

Communication
Problem Solving
Research
Writing
Reflection
Technology
Time Management
Analysis
Organization
Public Speaking

Profile of a Senior Project Student:

Effective communicator
Possesses time management skills
Ambitious
Enthusiastic
Mature
Independent learner
Deadline oriented

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Senior Projects

Table of content:
Zoe Blackman
Rebecca Bornstein
Courtney Cerretani
Conor Cline
David Craig
Christopher Elsner​
Elizabeth Gregory
Kaleigh Jodice
Haley King
Allie Selsberg
Brianna Young

Zoe Blackman

Blackman  Blackman artifact


Senior Project: Volunteering at CHAMPS
Mentor name: Laura O’Sullivan
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1.      Briefly describe your senior project.  
For my Senior Project I’m focusing on helping out at the CHAMPS after school program at the Jordan Jackson Elementary School. Every Tuesday, I help run programs and activities for the students there. My mentor, Laura O’Sullivan, runs CHAMPS at the Jordan Jackson and she has taught me how plan programs, gather what is needed for the programs and to successfully run the program.

2.      Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
After high school, I want to go to college and become a pediatric nurse. My project gives me the opportunity to work with children of different ages all at the same time.

3.      Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
The greatest challenge that I have faced so far is finding a mentor. Originally I was going to help out at the CHAMPS program at the Robinson Elementary School. I had met with the director and we decide that my project was not really going to work out there due to the amount of students. I was then put in touch with Mrs.O’Sullivan at the Jordan Jackson.

4.      What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
I have learned how to thoroughly organize a program in order to execute it smoothly and the way I wanted it to go. I have also learned how to be patient with children when they are learning some new and difficult.

What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest achievement was after I finished my cheerleading club and the girls that participated were really upset that it was over because they really enjoyed it.
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Rebecca Bornstein

Bornstein  Bornstein artifact
Senior Project: Genetic Testing
Mentor name: Dr. Colleen Yavarow
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.
I am focusing on genetic testing, more specifically cancer genetics for my senior project. About once a month I meet with my mentor at her office in Attleboro, MA. There I have learned about 25 genes that are linked to cancer. Also, I have looked at blood smears of different leukemias under a microscope. I hope to gain the experience of sitting in on patient consultations to gain a better understanding of genetic counselors responsibilities. My next goals to accomplish are to finish a medical history family tree of cancers and interview one of my mentor’s patients.

2.    Briefly describe why you chose the topic you did?
I chose to focus on genetics for a couple of reasons. I have always been interested in science and math, and genetics is a combination of both. In addition, I took a genetic engineering summer course at Yale, which further increased my interest in the field. Overall, this experience has allowed me to pursue a career related interest.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
One of the biggest challenges I faced was finding a mentor. It was very difficult to persistently call the doctor’s office without getting any reply back. In addition, my mentor recently transferred hospitals, and therefore, we had to figure out a way for us to still meet and still get an enriching experience.  

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
The most valuable information I have gained is how much one genetic test can affect the lives of so many people. Genetic tests can be extremely beneficial for preventative medicine, especially for cancer. The results not only affect your immediate family, but also distant relatives. Being able to spend time at the office and seeing how my mentor interacts with patients is such a valuable experience.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest accomplishment so far this year has been the wealth of knowledge I have gained. It has been so exciting that not only have I been able to shadow my mentor, but also I have had my own hands on experiences such as looking at the blood smears.
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Courtney Cerretani

Cerretani  Cerretani artifact


Senior Project: Screenwriting
Mentor: Leo Beaudet
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.  
For my Senior Project I am writing a 90 to 120 page screenplay.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I have always had a passion for creative writing and as I began to look at colleges and consider what career I might pursue I realized creative writing was the thing I was the most passionate about. So, I began looking up careers in creative writing and came across screenwriting and decided that senior Project was the perfect way to find out if it might be something I am serious about.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
So far I haven’t really faced what I would consider a challenge, but the most challenging thing I suppose would be choosing a screenwriting software and downloading it to my computer.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
I have definitely gained insight on storytelling through actions over lines as well as the knowledge on formatting screenplays.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
So far I have written eight pages of my screenplay which isn’t really that much, but I am definitely very proud of those eight pages.
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Conor Cline

Cline  Cline artifact


Senior Project: Youth Athletics
Mentor name: Kevin Vartian
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.
I am focusing on high school sports for my Senior Project. This past fall I worked with Mr. Vartian at the middle school and helped out with after school intramurals. The kids played soccer and baseball two times a week for about 6 weeks. Starting at the beginning of February and going through mid-April I will be leading volleyball intramurals after school once a week at Mass Premier Courts.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I am a huge volleyball fan and Delaney Jodice inspired me with her Senior Project two years ago. I am also planning on majoring in Sports Management in college.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
It has been difficult to find a place to have the intramurals. None of the schools had the available gym space for me to have the intramurals so now we are going to have them off campus at Mass Premier Courts and have a bus bring students from the school to MPC.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
I have learned that it can be quite a tedious process to organize an after school activity like this. I have also learned through the fall intramurals different techniques on how to run the after school intramurals and how to keep people interested and coming back week after week.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
I have never really done anything on my own like this before and almost every part of my Senior Project is something new to me. I have had to go out of my comfort zone to meet new people and ask them for help with my project. This project has helped me improve my people skills and taught me how to go about asking for support with people that I am not comfortable with.
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David Craig

Craig  Craig artifact


Senior Project: Journalism
Mentor name: John Quatrucci
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.
In my senior project I am focusing on writing sports stories for the Mansfield News. In this I am trying to get a feel for what a career in journalism is all about. I am trying to learn what it is like in the sports world even though my focus is on the High School level.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I chose this topic as I want to know what it is like to cover sports games and then go and write about them after. I have always been a person who loves sports and have been a huge fan of every Boston sports team and with my senior project I get to experience sports from a different lens.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
In trying to complete my senior project my biggest challenge is that I had absolutely no experience writing for a newspaper and viewing sporting events as a reporter rather than just a fan. It has caused me to put my biases about which team that I want to win aside and become more objective about the certain games I am reporting on.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
The most valuable information that I have gained from working on my senior project, is gaining experience in the field of journalism. I have been able to put aside my biases toward specific teams and become a neutral observer of a game rather than a supporter of a certain team.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest achievement so far was getting an article about a Mansfield High School Boys basketball game be featured in the Mansfield News. It was a great feeling knowing that the articles that I have written can be good enough to go into a professional newspaper.
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Christopher Elsner

Elsner  Elsner artifact


Senior Project: International Relations
Mentor: Donald Franke
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.
I am focusing on international relations by starting a Model UN club at the high school. In club meetings, we participate in mock simulation of UN procedure where students research and represent a country in debate on international issues. The end goal is to attend a Model UN Conference at a local high school and represent a country in competition. My mentor is Mr. Donald Franke, a teacher at Sandwich High School and President of the New England Model UN Teacher Moderators Association, and he has helped me to start the club, provided me with resources, and put me in contact with schools hosting conferences.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I chose international relations because that is what I plan on studying in college. I decided to explore this through Model UN because it is something that I had done before at a summer program and in my US History class and really enjoyed.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
The greatest challenge I have faced so far is trying to organize attending a conference. I am currently in the process of presenting dates and information to club members and the school administration to work out logistics and cost. One major area of difficulty has been what method of transportation will be used when the club travels to one of the Saturday Model UN Conferences.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
Through teaching Model UN to other students, I have better learned how the UN system works, like the particulars of parliamentary procedure and the formatting and language of resolutions. I have also improved my public speaking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Finally, by working with my peers and adults, I have developed strong communication and organization skills.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest achievement so far has been forming a functioning club at the high school.  Often, people are so busy with everything it is hard to get members for new clubs.  However, I was able to attract about 20 students from all four grades who are genuinely interested and committed to the club. Having them come back to each meeting has been gratifying because it means that what I started in my Senior Project will grow to be a permanent part of Mansfield High School in the future.
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Elizabeth Gregory

Gregory  Gregory artifact


Senior Project: Marketing
Mentor: Krista Hill
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.  
I am focusing on the strategies that are instrumental for marketing. Working alongside Dr. Krista Hill at the Mansfield Industrial Development Commission has allowed me to gain a sense of what the business work is. The Mansfield IDC wants to better understand the community’s feelings on economic growth and the types of businesses/services that people want and need in town. I am working on numerous projects with the commission including: survey data, advertisements, and a brochure; all which are providing me with real life experience in the business world.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I wanted a real life experience with marketing and business and I knew that senior project was the perfect opportunity to do so before I started studying in college. Finding out about the Mansfield Industrial Development Commission and knowing they were looking for MHS students was a great way for me to become more involved with my town, as well as get a better understanding of what I may want to pursue in the near future.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
My greatest challenge so far has been creating eye catching advertisements that met the criteria that my mentor has asked for. This was the first time I have ever made a real advertisement and having my mentor’s support helped greatly.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project? You may wish to address:
I have begun to learn the ways to persuade and how to make an advertisement. Having a marketing professional as my mentor has been so helpful in both directing me to success in my project, and my discovery of what I hope to study in college.  

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest moment is having the news article that I helped to write be published in local newspapers. Also, the ads that I made were published on Facebook, and were passed out as flyers.
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Kaleigh Jodice

Jodice  Jodice artifact


Senior Project: Children’s Literacy
Mentor name: Katherine Schacht
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.  
I am creating community children’s “libraries” for my senior project. These libraries are homemade bookshelves that I am putting at Mass Premier Courts and the CHAMPS program at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School. I recently collected hundreds of children books for these bookshelves in a Mansfield school-wide book drive that I ran. I am hoping to spread the love of reading to local kids and learn how to run my own community outreach programs.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I chose this topic because I have loved reading since I was little so I want to spread this love to others. From my research, I have found that kids are reading less and less in today’s technology-crazed day so I also want to make books more accessible.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
The biggest challenge I have faced is getting approval for the book drive from all of the schools. I had to meet with several administrative personnel from Mansfield schools in order to run the drive. I also had to contact several businesses in order to find two concrete locations for the “libraries”. This was hard for me because it involved talking to many adults in a professional way.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
I have learned how to communicate effectively with others in order to implement my own ideas and make my own voice heard. I have also learned that I can successfully do a project, like collecting hundreds of books from local families, independently.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project is collecting the amount of books that I did. I also am very proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting with people like the superintendent.
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Haley King

King  King artifact


Senior Project: Sports Equipment Drive
Mentor name: Dawn Saba
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.  
My senior project is creating a sports equipment drive for local underprivileged children. My mentor is the president of West Side Benevolence Circle, Dawn Saba. I am hoping to be able to collect enough gently used/new equipment to help more families be able to afford sports. Hopefully this project will allow more children to become involved in more sports. Currently, I have five collection sites set up from the beginning of January to mid February.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I chose to create a sports equipment drive after listening to my mom discuss how much sports are costing her. As a child, I never really paid attention to how much sports cost. They seem like they wouldn’t be too expensive but that is not the case. After hearing my mom complain about how much sports cost, I realized that there are many families that cannot afford for their children to play sports due to the sign-up fees and high prices for sports equipment. I want to help those families so I decided to create this sports equipment drive.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
The greatest challenge I have faced in trying to complete my Senior Project is getting myself to communicate with many strangers and ask them for things. I am a very shy person and was very nervous about having to talk to adults that I do not know. I have also faced the challenge of having to rely on other people to get my project up and running. I have had to email people from businesses many times trying to get responses to get permission to set up a collection box at their location. I had to email a few of them a couple times before I received a response.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
The most valuable skill I have gained from working on my Senior Project is confidence in my communication. I still get very nervous before I have to talk to people or explain myself, but now I do not let it show as much. I no longer allow myself to avoid talking to adults. I have become less nervous about it all.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My senior project has caused me to step out of my comfort zone. I have had to communicate with authority figures and advocate for myself.
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Allie Selsberg

Selsberg  Selsberg artifact


Senior Project: American Sign Language
Mentor: Marianne Molinari
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.
For my senior project, I have decided to learn as much American Sign Language as I can by the end of the school year. Each Wednesday I drive to Bridgewater, MA and take ASL classes. My mentor, Marianne is also the teacher of the class. In class we learn about deaf culture as well as ASL words and phrases.

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
I chose this topic because I have always been interested in signed languages and how they are different from spoken languages, and taking classes allows me to experience this new type of learning along with people with all different levels of hearing.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
The greatest challenge that I faced was finding a good place to take classes. Most places that offered ASL classes were colleges and the courses were very expensive. It took a lot of researching, but I managed to find Marianne’s website where I found that I could take the same amount of classes as at a college, but pay a lot less and not have to travel too far.

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
Since taking ASL classes I have gained a greater perspective on the struggles that the deaf face on a daily basis. Learning a visual language is more difficult than some may think and I have gained a lot of respect for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest achievement is that I participated in an activity during class that involved asking and answering questions in ASL and I was able to communicate well, considering my lack of experience with the language. While I am nowhere near fluent, I was able to show progress and prove to myself that I can accomplish my goal.
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Brianna Young

Young  Young artifact


Senior Project topic: At risk children
Mentor name: Jennifer Schwarz
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1.    Briefly describe your senior project.  
Currently I volunteer in Norton with children who have some form of a mental disability. Part of my project is going to be making a projects for the children and doing it with them! Each project will provide a lesson and also work on skills that some of the students may lack. My mentor Jen asked if I would continue to volunteer through the summer until I go off to college, I gladly said yes!

2.    Briefly describe why you choose the topic you did?
After high school I would like to work with children who have special needs. The children I work with now all have some sort of mental disability. This gives me a little practice now rather than later in my senior year of college and not have any experience. My main goal that I'm trying to achieve is to get out of my comfort zone. I'm usually very shy and this is allowing me to come out of my comfort zone. I'm becoming more and more comfortable and I'm not as shy. One major task I would like to accomplish is doing multiple projects with the children.

3.    Briefly describe the greatest challenge(s) you have faced in trying to complete your Senior Project?
My biggest challenge was finding a mentor. I hate talking on the phone. I was not comfortable talking to other people if it was not face to face. I had to call a few places. Originally I was going to be volunteering at a Boys and Girls Club in Taunton. Unfortunately, I did not receive a prompt response.  While I was waiting I had a meeting with my current mentor, Jen. I knew from then on it was the perfect place for me. All of the staff were very welcoming and it was very easy to get to know the children and staff. Another challenge I have is going every single week because of sports. When I started in October I didn't have cheerleading practice on Thursdays, which was the perfect time for me to volunteer. When the end of November came I began track. Because my event is always indoors we never not have practice. Leaving no time to come every week. I let Jen know this and said I could come on Fridays, instead of Thursdays

4.    What has been the most valuable information, skill, or insight you gained from working on your Senior Project?
This has helped my time management skills. Trying to balance school, working, and volunteering is tough. But I get through it.  The time management will help me in the teacher career I intend to pursue.

5.    What has been your proudest achievement so far this year in Senior Project?
My proudest moment so far was actually creating the project to present to the children. Before Mr.Caisse had an introductory meeting with the students and the mentors, Jen didn’t know that I could do a project. I didn't get a chance to present the project because it was Christmas themed and Christmas has passed. But I also had a backup project. And I could just picture the children's faces as they did the project!
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