By: Bridget Pocasangre
It is time again for the juniors at Oceana to start on their big project, known as Junior Exhibition. “It’s a research project whose purpose is to prepare students for the senior exhibition” says Ms. McEnany.
This project provides opportunities for junior students to improve their abilities. They can gain skills that many never knew they could have. It helps students build their personal confidence, especially when doing interviews with experts on their chosen topic.
“I felt nervous. I felt that they wouldn’t have time to interview a high school student. I used the template for emailing people and when I couldn’t find their email, I changed the template to how I would talk over the phone. Sometimes I would wing it” said one junior, Dominique Lagasca.
Such templates have proven to be very useful for many students, especially when it comes to emailing for an interview. Those interviews tend to be the most nervewracking for the juniors. Done in person, the students have to record the interview while also taking notes. The students create their own questions to ask, but their teacher will approve them before the interview.
Senior, Dianne Agnes, interviewed Ms. Martha Meade, a former associate superintendent of education for JUHSD, for her junior exhibition on the CAHSEE last year. She found it difficult to find an interview at first, but received help from her Humanities teacher, Ms. Sotomayor. “She recommended that Ms. Meade was the best person to interview. Well it was kind of hard because she was busy at that time. I didn’t have any chance to meet her though. I just interviewed her over the phone” explains Agnes.
The essay is another part of the project that students have to do, and the essay prompt changed this year. Last year, the essay, called a proposal, focued on how the problems of their topics can be improved based on what their interviewee would say. This year, students will evaluate their interviewee’s answer to their EQ to see if the argument is strong or not.
The essay prompt was changed because the proposal was really hard for students to do. Mary Grace Morales, a current senior, says that “It was really hard finding good evidence to back up my topic.”
The juniors finish their project off with a presentation about their topics and what they have learned. The presentation takes place in their Humanities class with a time limit. Students have a chance to practice their presentation skills and show their classmates what they know. Senior Dulce Romero, says “I loved it! I mean, who wouldn’t? You worked so hard on a project you just want to tell everyone! And I’ve always been quite good at presenting but it’s always great to get some practice.”
The project is known to be challenging. Junior, Jerie Yulo, describes her personal struggles and says that “I think it’s somewhat challenging and it’s forcing us to become more mature. It’s also kind of stressful looking for interviews and knowing that we have to talk to strangers.”
To become successful in this project, the junior Humanities teachers recommend that students look for and get an interview right away, ask for help when needed, and look at comments in drafts and revisits. Senior, Dulce Romero also recommends to, “follow all the things your teacher tells you. Look over the rubric to see exactly what you need, because that’s what they are grading you on. Don’t slack off, because it will hurt you big time! Get your interview over with because that will help you for senior ex. And have fun! It’s always easier when you have fun”.