Ross School students are taught with the goal of encouraging them to become global citizens of tomorrow as they develop leadership, innovative thinking, and empathic abilities necessary to effectively shape the world for future generations. This year, three Ross School seniors have focused their Senior Projects on the goal of empowering others through education.
Community service and engagement play a significant role in the Ross School philosophy. The motto “Know Thyself in Order to Serve” reflects the school’s commitment to preparing students for meaningful lives and leadership in the global community. Several members of the Class of 2017 used their Senior Projects as a means to raise awareness and support for societal issues like homelessness, endangered species, and physical disability.
Sustainability and stewardship of Earth’s resources are woven into the daily experiences of Ross School students. The school’s facilities make use of the latest renewable energy sources, and the Ross curriculum highlights a multitude of sustainability topics throughout the grade levels, often leading to whole-school discussions about ecology, culture, economics, politics, and our shared duty to preserve and maintain the environment and protect those most vulnerable to destructive environmental change. Using their Senior Project as a platform, some members of the Class of 2017 have drawn on what they’ve learned in these areas to propose innovative solutions to some of society’s toughest problems.
Ross School’s Class of 2017 presented their Senior Projects to the public over three nights the week of January 20.
Avid sailor Jared Goldsmith ’17 is using his Senior Project as a way to share his passion and educate his peers about this ancient and environmentally friendly pastime. In a tent beside the school’s metal shop at the far end of campus, Jared is in the process of constructing a Passagemaker classic sailing dinghy.
When Rory Gallaher ’17 was in third grade at Ross, her class fostered puppies from two days old to four weeks old as part of their unit on evolution. The project exemplified Ross’s commitment to integrated learning: in the Math domain, students charted the puppies’ growth over time, while in Science and Cultural History, they researched the evolution of the dogs and learned about puppies’ development in their first few weeks of life. The experience left a profound impact on Rory, and is one of her fondest curricular memories from her Lower School experience.
Not many high school students would volunteer to spend their summer in the halls of a hospital, but for the past three years, Ashley Ramos ’16 has done just that, soaking up every chance she can find to prepare for her future career as a cardiologist.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly 20 to 30 percent of women experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Nearly two-thirds of assaults go unreported, due in part to the stigma surrounding rape. In light of these unnerving statistics, Ross School senior Amanda Mintz has devoted her Senior Project to raising awareness about sexual assault through education.
Although many students root their Senior Projects in a lifelong interest or skill, some—like Seamus McCarthy—build their projects around a passion cultivated right here on the Ross campus. One day last year, Seamus brought a knife with a broken handle to Visual Arts teacher and shop director Jon Mulhern. What began as a plan to fix the knife soon evolved, with Jon’s guidance, into an after-school project in which the pair fashioned it into an axe using the remains of a broken hammer. This smaller task then inspired Seamus’s Senior Project: crafting his own forge and a full set of blacksmithing hand tools. Continue reading
This series captures the Class of 2017’s experience as they pursue their Senior Projects. Stay in touch with Ross News for ongoing coverage!
Ross News would like to introduce you to one of the campus’s most diligent students this year: Tucci, the Golden Retriever puppy. Tucci’s constant companion, Isabelle Rowe ’17, is training her to become a Seeing Eye Guide Dog as her Senior Project, and the pair of them can frequently be seen around campus.