Lesson for life
OHS seniors complete semester projects
OKOLONA – For seniors at Okolona High School, the last semester of school was no time to slack off in Ms. Genevieve Turkett’s class.
Turkett, in her first year at OHS, assigned a semester-long senior project and students showed off their creations and the results of their reserach May 8 in the cafeteria where their projects were evaluated and judged by other faculty members.
Turkett said the idea was part of preparing students for post-secondary education and outfitting them with skills for life.
“This was a college-level project,” Turkett said. “I think it’s really important that they’re getting this experience.”
The students completed a 10-12 page research paper and added a tri-fold board, brochures and other visual aids and media accents for a total presentation.
“The big thing here was learning how to plan and put your materials together,” Turkett said.
The students were free to chose their own subject matter and for most, the choices came from personal background.
Kierra Hopson’s project was on identifying the risks of cancer and preventative lifestyle choices.
“My family has a history of cerivcal cancer,” Hopson said. “And I learned that breast cancer is not genetic, not inherited. I learned the different phases of cancers.”
Vantashia Franklin’s project examined joint replacement and sent her to North Mississippi Medical Center for research.
“My sister is a CNA at North Mississippi Medical,” Franklin said. “I went on a job-shadowing there to learn about joint replacement.”
One aspect of the project was seniors had to present it to others outside their class, whether in the community or through the school. Franklin presented hers to tenth grade students who had an opportunity to use a simulated video program on joint replacement to learn more about the topic.
William Johnson’s project detailed his desire to become an architect and he held an art show for other students in the school to view his drawings.
Turkett said the projects incorporated many aspects of education, including the new Common Core curriculum.
“In Common Core they have to be able to use domain specific vocabulary skills,” Turkett said. “They have to be able to use the vocabulary of their profession. And computer skills were important. They need computer skills. A lot of them (students) got into really good schools, State and Ole Miss, and they need to be able to do projects like this.”
Turkett said preparing them for more projects was a big part of her goal.
“When they get to college, they’ll have to do research papers and projects. But if they can do this, that will not be a problem.”
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