Four seniors shared their passion for helping refugees not only as part of their Senior Capstone Project, but during Wright State University’s Symphony for Peace last month.
Ian Carmody, Micah Marshall, Emery Monnig and Zach Scott became interested in the Syrian refugee crisis for various reasons.
“I became involved in the Capstone project through a Capstone Group the previous year, who focused on refugees in the Dayton community,” said Monnig.
Scott said, “I became interested in my refugee Capstone Project because I am a transfer and I had to make a drastic change that was very tough - so I wanted to help those who are forced to go through drastic change to make a better life for themselves.”
For their Capstone project, the four seniors conducted a letter writing campaign and then presented at Wright State’s Symposium.
“Wright State was hosting a Syrian Refugee Symposium and we were invited to give a presentation on the letters we collected and sent to the refugees from St. Albert the Great and Mr. Ricciuto's freshman classes,” Marshall reflected.
Carmody added, “We actually were very lucky to become involved with the Symphony for Peace. Dr. Shelley Jagow of Wright State emailed our Capstone coordinator, Mrs. Bardine, and asked if any students had an interest in being part of the presentation. Mrs. Bardine forwarded the information to us and the rest just worked out perfectly.”
The Capstone group presented at the Wright State event last month.
“It felt awesome to be a part of the event at Wright State,” Carmody reflected. “Initially, it was really intimidating since we are just a few high school seniors and the other people presenting were doctors, actual refugees, concert musicians, or had traveled to countries where the refugee crisis is prevalent. I felt really lucky to be included with such a great group of people and I learned so much from them.”
Monnig added, “It was an honor to be part of the Wright State Symphony for Peace. We learned a lot and definitely realized how much more we could do to help the refugee crisis as well as the gravity of the matter.”
“It was an honor to present with these other honorable people who were doing so much to help make a change in the refugee crisis,” Marshall concluded. “This Capstone Project gave us a platform to build off of in order to help the world on any issue we have the opportunity to in the future.”
Posted April 17, 2018