Personal Project

Sara is in tenth grade and is completing her personal project that combined her passion for theatre and her love for kids. She has spent 8 years in a variety of theatre programs and has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She has found that theatre has helped shape her into who she is today and wanted to give back to a school that did not offer any activities involving performing arts. Sara's project involved starting an after school Drama Club at an elementary school in Detroit. From making up games, dances, and skits to directing a final performance, Sara has watched many kids become more confident with performing and public speaking. The young students look forward to Drama Club every week in which many friendships were formed. The Dram Club performed a variety of short skits and a dance for families and friends in a finale event at the end of March.

Riley is a tenth-grade student who is currently completing his personal project as part of the IB MYP. In addition to having a passion for math since elementary school, Riley has always genuinely cared about helping others. Throughout numerous life experiences, he has learned that taking action for the good of someone else is often more rewarding than acting in one’s own interest. His personal project combines the fields of math and philanthropy to explore the effect that one group of students and a unifying cause can have on a community. This Spring, he plans to establish a charitable math tutoring service where students can receive free help with math from experienced students who are experts in the subject. Inspired by the many brilliant peers that Riley has worked alongside, he envisions a program that will make a positive impact on the community at its foundation: students. In order to have an even larger impact on the community, his service will also publicly promote Northville Civic Concern and accept donations to serve Northville families in need.

Olivia is a sophomore who is completing her 10th grade personal project. Her MYP project explores a topic with a personal connection that began during her childhood. Olivia has spent many summers with her grandmother in Kortrijk, Belgium. One of her favorite places to visit there is the beguinage, which was founded in the 13th century. A beguinage is a grouping of houses surrounded by walls, built around a courtyard and church. The residents, beguines, were religious women who lived as a community but did not take religious vows. Living in a beguinage gave them protection and they were economically self-sufficient. Olivia plans to research and write an essay on the historical and social aspects of beguinages and their potential structural application to certain communities in our world today.


Rohan is currently a member of Student Congress at Northville High School. He strives to put a smile on the faces he meets every day. He finds that friends and hobbies fuel his positive outlook. This year, he saw the personal project as an opportunity to enrich his musical spirit. Inspired by his friends who play instruments, Rohan embarked on his project; to build a ukulele from scratch. Additionally, Rohan plans to produce a short video, that will highlight his construction process, to help pass on his inspiration. Rohan looks forward to playing the uke and spreading happiness as a way to give back to community.

Parker is a 10th grade student at NHS. From the moment he could cast a fishing pole, he held a passion for fishing. Parker is a proud member of the Northville High School Fishing Club and tries to fish when ever he can. Since fishing from a boat rather than from shore has been something he has thought about for a long time. His project idea started to take on a vision and purpose. For his personal project, Parker will be making a twelve-foot row boat from scratch. Parker has never built anything of this size before and looks forward to the challenges it entails.

Maddi is a sophomore student who is completing her 10th grade Personal Project. For the past few years, she has become increasingly interested in working with special effects makeup, and has made a hobby out of morphing herself into various creatures of her own design. She has also worked on-set of two theater group productions in special effects: the Farmington Hills Trinity Church Theater Group in their production, Let's Go to the Movies, and the Harrison High School Theater Group in their production of The Little Mermaid. For her Personal Project, Maddi hopes to complete a full-body SFX creature using prosthetics and airbrushing techniques that she has yet to learn.

Natalie is a sophomore and a current 4 year member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus. She also performs with the University of Michigan Women's Chorale as well as her high school choir. Natalie was born with a cleft lip and palate. Because of her surgeries, she is able to sing and have a normal life. She is very thankful for her wonderful family, but realizes that not everyone is as fortunate as her. For her Personal Project, she has organized and will host a benefit concert for Operation Smile on:

  • Saturday, March 18th, 2017
  • First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (701Church St. in Plymouth, MI)
  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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