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Opinion Lorie Palmer 983-1200 lpalmer@idahocountyfreepress.com

The teenage years are perhaps the most important time for students to develop their individual skills and interests. It is one of the greatest times for character development that begins to turn teenagers into adults.

Senior projects may seem cumbersome and time-consuming; however, they are also a way to expand skill sets and talents by being able to work on meaningful projects that foster passion if completed correctly.

Senior projects allow the use of skills that will serve students in later life including building a portfolio, producing a physical product and presenting in front of live audiences. If students take these projects seriously they are able to set and meet goals within a specific time frame and explore career choices.

Students are allowed to investigate something that interests them – not simply the interests of their parents or teachers. Oftentimes the projects include giving something back to the community.

Although the state of Idaho currently requires the project and does not provide any additional funds or time for it, that doesn’t mean the projects are not important — just that they are not understood by those who decide on educational funding.

Senior projects take time. Time from students who want to do a good job. Time from teachers and school staff who mentor and judge. And time from the community who takes the time to show an interest in the undertakings of its students.

Community members can open up their businesses, share their talents and mentor students in their own areas of expertise.

From rebuilding old cars, shooting music videos and taking a canoe trip, to setting up fashion designs, doing movie makeup and building a habitat for an exotic lizard, Idaho County’s kids come up with amazing senior projects. Continue to support the innovation and curiosity.



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