VOICES: With capstone gone, seniors must find new ways to make their mark

The removal of the senior “capstone” project sent a surprise throughout the class of 2016.

Seniors had a lot to learn from the senior project — the importance of time management, commitment, organization, and the acquired knowledge and experience from the research paper and field work.

The beneficial aspects of the senior project should not go unnoticed. Many seniors from years past chose topics that related to a field of interest; from organizing events to raise awareness of bigger causes to learning a new skill to showcase, the senior project allowed students to express themselves outside of the classroom and go beyond textbook content.

However, year after year, seniors fall victim to procrastination and the consequential stress that follows. When the senior project becomes a dreadful burden just to meet deadlines rather than a valuable learning experience, many seniors, and even teachers, develop resentment.

The experience is enjoyable if you make it one, though. Many alumni can vouch for the pride in their end product and the sense of accomplishment that surpasses that of which comes from completing any other high school assignment.

The senior class of 2016 and all succeeding classes can now breathe a sigh of relief, but the opportunity to potentially make something memorable of the final year of high school is no longer as easily presented. So, seniors, take the initiative to make your mark before you graduate. The responsibility falls on you.