What does it mean to be in poverty, or to be labeled as middle class or wealthy? The students in the Class of 2017 experienced real-life scenarios of what society can be like through the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) on Tuesday, March 15.
"Real girls are never perfect and perfect girls are never real."
That was one of the messages Das'Ja Sanford, Tozjae Smith, Camille Stevenson, and Gabby Turner recently shared with 7th and 8th grade female students at Our Lady Rosary School as part of their Senior Capstone Project. Their Capstone focused on the stereotypes social media portrays of women.
Eight students spent the weekend of March 4-6 in downtown Cincinnati serving those in need in as part of the annual Urban Plunge.
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."
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.”
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."
A senior capstone group is working to make sure homeless youth in Dayton have the opportunity to own something many teens may take for granted - a pair of jeans.
Rachael Gilliam, TJ Mills and Elizabeth Perry are collecting new or gently used pair of jeans throughout the month of February in correlation with a national campaign called, "Teens for Jeans."
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."
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."
More than 30 students, parents and faculty left on Wednesday, January 20 to participate in the 43rd National March for Life in Washington, D.C.
"It was important for me to take this trip because I wanted to show what I believe through my actions," shared Mo Zopff '16. "I believe by taking these steps to go on this trip, I may be motivating others to do the same."