The value of deep-rooted motivation in learning cannot be overstated. Each week during WYN, Homeroom, or 7:00 a.m. our time is devoted to a project that each student chooses based on his/her unique interests. During WHY WAIT, advisers and mentors guide students to find joy in wrangling with a challenge where there is no single “right” answer.
Student-Driven Community Service Projects
The premise of WHY WAIT is simple; it provides students the opportunity to analyze and study a topic they are passionate about. These students then create projects that solve a problem related to their chosen topic, volunteering their time and effort, and coordinating with mentors to make a concrete change in the world!
Our first "why wait!" projects: 2018-2019
- Healthy Eating Blog: Christina Nygren
- Student Campus: Dani Annunziata
- World Water Day Event: Emily Fox and Brooke Bents
- Bird and Bat Houses: Sean Rogers, Daniel Nelson and Karter McNutt
- Osceola Mural Project: Justin Vorndran and Skye Federation
- Animal Therapy Project: Nina Savoy
- The Yellow Bench Project: Frankie Larson, CeCe Snell, Hailee Richisen, Parker Gangestad, Angelique Tretsven
WHY WAIT Project Outcomes and Expectations:
- Spend time during Homeroom/WYN, or before school to work on it.
- Work alone or collaborate with a small group.
- Craft a project through brainstorming and an interest inventory to achieve some sort of goal, or solve a problem related to the topic.
- Partner with a mentor/community member that is an “expert” in the field of study you choose.
- Write a project proposal and pitch it to the rest of the group that includes a purpose, audience, timeline, and resources you will need to complete the project.
- Reflect on the process on a personal blog.
- Implement the research and project.
- Present the project and reflect on the process in a five-minute TED-style talk at the ArtBarn stage or OHS Auditorium. The TED-talks will take place at the end of March.