Eight seniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison completed many months of hard work by making their Capstone presentations in the past two weeks. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research component and a presentation in front of students and a panel of teachers.
This year's presenters and topics were: Carlin Schildge of Westfield (pictured) – Growth Mindsets: How a Breakthrough in Thinking Can Enhance Success, Hazel Yu of Edison – Blood for Blood: The Problems and Possible Solutions to the Chinese Blood Donation System, Zishan Sajid of Carteret – Hungry for Food and Change: An Analysis of Prolonged Hunger in the World, Raphael Genty of Scotch Plains – Diversity in Film: A Well of Untapped Potential. Vicky Cui of Edison – A Great Step Forward: The Effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, Satish Kumar of Edison – The Role of the Government and the Federal Reserve Bank in the Housing Crisis of 2008, Shreya Sinha of Edison – The Economic Costs of Terrorism and Vicki Medley of East Brunswick – The Dangers of Language Extinction.
"This is a very challenging experience for high school students beyond what they’re expected to do in most academic classes," said Jim O'Halloran, Dean of Students and faculty advisor in the Capstone program. “They produce a lengthy research thesis and make a substantial public presentation.”