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Bedford High School seniors preparing for project showcase

BEDFORD — Seniors at Bedford High School will have the chance to showcase a year’s worth of work as they present their senior projects to their teachers and peers this week.

“Senior project has been part of the BHS curriculum for all graduated students since the school’s inception,” said Craig Sheil, one of four senior project advisers this year. “Over the course of the four years, we have been tweaking and refining the curriculum making sure that the mission of the class is met.”

The projects allow students to research and apply knowledge of any topic of interest to them, said adviser Amanda Benware.

Seniors have an opportunity to explore careers, healthy lifestyles, gain hands-on skills and get involved in their community, she said.

According to adviser Jon Cannon, the projects vary in their content, with past projects including integrating special education students in school theater, welding, designing an original video game and restoring a 23-year-old car.

The project gives all students a chance to shine.

“We have found that students, especially students who are not college bound, exceed expectations when they delve into a senior project topic that they are passionate about,” said advisor Karrie Welch. “Students who are not necessarily strong at academics finally have the platform to highlight their strengths and share their interests in front of peers and community members.”

“I have a student this year who has enlisted in the Marine Corps,” Cannon said. “His project is about the benefits of early enlistment, and he has created an informational website for interested students to learn about recruitment and how early enlistment could benefit them.”

Student presentations begin Tuesday, and attending them is a tradition that the BHS community looks forward to each year.

“Senior project celebration week has been one of my favorite weeks of the school year since I have started working at Bedford four years ago,” Benware said. “As a teacher it allows you to see your students in a different light and they always exceed my expectations.”

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