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Letter: Senior Project is fair and rewarding

To the editor:

I offer a response to Crispin Price’s letter to the editor titled, “Senior Project Unfair,” dated Tuesday, March 16. As a graduate of South Tahoe High School I strongly disagree. I believe that the Senior Project is not only fair, but is also mind-opening, challenging and incredibly rewarding.

To participate and complete a project on a subject of interest to a graduating student should not have to become an issue of debate. I felt honored to be provided with the opportunity to get involved, learn a great deal of my subject of interest and gain an insight and understanding of what my subject is actually about.

The purpose of participating in the project is much more intrinsic than just a writing exercise. The purpose is to assist and provide graduating students with ample opportunities to investigate their topic of interest, to become disciplined and career-minded, set and achieve goals, preparing them for successful futures. To my knowledge there has never been a student who has elected to do the Senior Project who has not been able to participate in the procession down the aisle to receive their diploma.

I was not only privileged to be provided with such a wonderful opportunity, but also to have such great teachers, in particular Ms. Gard, who offered me patience and guidance. She motivated and inspired me to strive toward higher standards and aspirations, for which I will always be appreciative. My participation in the project gave me the opportunity to meet talented, professional people who were then my mentors and are now my co-workers.

Crispin Price wrote that the School District has taken something away from the graduating students. To use her very own words, this statement of hers is “ludicrous.” What could possibly be absurd about offering participation in a project that inspires and instills students with hope, dreams and skills for the future?

Melissa Barton

South Lake Tahoe

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