My name is Sarah Gray. I am a senior at Danville school. During my second semester, I took a Compass course, which is an independent learning class based around Danville Skills. For my Compass class, I choose to use the skill Discover while researching Hawaiian anthropology/cultural anthropology. The skill Discover is about looking at what you want to do after high school using the things you are doing or are interested in.
I am researching the history of Hawaii, the ethnic make of Hawaii, how all the ethnicities come together to make Hawaiian culture, and the bad side of Hawaiian paradise. This class for me is somewhat connected to my senior project which is about Hawaiian cuisine and the history behind the dishes. I do a lot of research using books, documentaries, and the Internet. In doing research for this class I have furthered my interested in anthropology and have reinforced my decision for studying anthropology.
Miss.Keach and Miss. Parent have helped me every step of the way through this class. They both have given me great ideas and the support that I need to finish this year strong and this class. I would also like to thank Mr. Decaro and Mr. Warren for taking the time to talk to me about Hawaiian history.
Physical Therapy Internship
I am going to college for my masters in athletic training. This interest in physical therapy comes from my grandmother breaking her leg and going through physical therapy. I was fascinated by the process and immediately became intrigued. After further researching the topic, I found that I wanted to incorporate sports and working with athletes. That decision brought me to athletic training. Being able to work directly with athletes, be involved in sports and helping people recover is exactly what I want to do. My internship at Dan Wyand’s opened my eyes to the physical therapy world. Although it is not what I’m going into, it’s very similar and the experience helped me greatly.
My internship was at Dan Wyand’s PT and Associates in St. Johnsbury. I worked with different PA’s and a trainer regularly. I was able to sit in on appointments with patients and occasionally perform stretches or feel the area of discomfort. I was also in the gym portion of the facility observing patients and working with the trainer, who provided me with a lot of information.
A typical day at my internship consisted of first, seeing if I was able to sit in on an appointment with a patient. If I was able to I would observe and ask questions if I had them. I would follow the PA around until the appointment was over. Then, if it was available, I would sit in on another appointment and do the same thing. If I was not able to go to another appointment, I would go to the gym to work with the trainer.
In order to have my internship, I had to communicate with Patricia Forest at NVRH. She got me set up and I had an orientation meeting with her to go over what I would be doing and anything I needed to know. I then had to set up an appointment to get a TB (tuberculosis) test to ensure I was okay to be around patients. Once the results came back negative I was able to start.
My name is Aaron and I am a senior at Danville High School. During my first semester as a senior I got the special opportunity of doing an internship with a local plumbing/heating expert. Tracy Carslon was nice enough to let me join him in the mornings on a job site he was working at. I did do a few boiler cleanings and some duct work with him but I spent most of my time at one location.
As many locals know, Danville gained a much larger operation of the brewing business recently. The Red Barn Brewery has expanded immensely and is now across from Goodfellas. This was a pretty big job for just one plumber to handle so it took about a full two months for him to complete his part. I spent a lot of time with him there and got to learn a lot about the plumbing world. Tracy’s job/task was to put together all of the pipes and fittings that connected all of the fermenters and tanks. The job was a little bit different than a normal everyday job of a plumber but it consisted of some of the same parts. We soldered together lots of copper pipe. We hung lots of ceiling brackets to hold some piping and we threaded and put together lots of steel tubing. These are all things that were a little different but definitely could be done in a home, whether it be in a basement or attic. I also got to learn about the business part of the job, which included in estimating, billing, and working with other contractors in tight spaces.
Tracy was very nice in letting me help out and teaching me everything he knows in the short amount of time we had. I appreciate the experience and couldn’t thank Tracy, Lisa, Ms. Keach, and the Danville school enough for making it happen.
Currently here at Danville school, we have a new developing program called Epic Journey, which is an in-school internship program that students apply for to further their education, all the while still earning credit. “Epic” stands for Exploring Personal Interests through Career. There are a variety of Epic Journeys available through our Pathways program, and the Epic Journey that I chose was an internship for a creative writing class. In order to participate in this program, I was required to apply, and also be interviewed by Ms. Keach as to why I would be fit for the job, where I explained that I have received high honors for all of my English classes, I excel in poetry recitation and performing, and I have great people skills such as communication, positivity, and understanding, which is why I believed I was fit for the role. When I was hired for the job, Ms. Keach and I immediately went to work on planning out the semester.
My main focus for this internship was to plan a workshop dedicated to Poetry Out Loud recitation and performance for our Creative Writing poetry unit. And so, I reached out to former Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator, Morgan Irons, and asked if she would be willing to assist me in leading a poetry workshop here at Danville. She delightfully agreed, and so we planned to meet to discuss the plan of the workshop, where we decided that Morgan could recite a poor performance of her poem, and then follow with a good performance. Students would be able to comment on what they noticed and would also be able to give Morgan constructive feedback based on her poor performance. After, each student would then perform their own poem for the class, and would receive constructive feedback from both Morgan and I, as well as their classmates. On the day of the workshop, students responded really well from what they were learning. Morgan, Ms. Keach, and I were all very impressed with students and their courage to get up and perform in front of people. It was fun and very inspiring working with Morgan, and I was very grateful to have such a talented performer help us with our poetry workshop.
Aside from the workshop and poetry, I was also responsible for creating lesson plans for when Ms. Keach was absent, assisting students with their work, and creating a layout as well as editing our class journal, the Route Two Review. Overall, I heavily enjoyed being an intern for Ms. Keach and was able to learn many valuable skills like how to engage an audience or a group of students, how to pass knowledge on in a creative way, and how to be good at time management and planning. These skills will always be valuable and of importance to my life and career. I am very glad I took the opportunity to apply for this internship, and highly recommend any high school student attending Danville to check out the Epic Journey program for internships or jobs that would interest them.
My project started with the focus on music management and turned into something more. Originally I wanted to do a study on music management and business; I wanted to study and explore this because it was the career I wanted to enter after high school.
At the beginning I started by doing a lot of different research. From watching interviews with different people in the business I found one main point being emphasized; focus on catering your talent. This was a very valid point. If I wanted to know how to better manage an artist or label, I would have to know what it was like to be in the artist shoes.
When the time for creating my first product came around, I decided I would put myself in the artist's shoes. The shoes were heavy to say the least. I decided my product would be mixing videography and music, essentially creating a music video. For the music video I put together different short clips that I had taken in the last few weeks and put them all together using the app Clips and WeVideo. Using the different programs was a bit hard and definitely came with different struggles. Eventually I edited in the music, by far the hardest part of creating the product. I used the song Purity by A$AP Rocky feat. Frank Ocean. I chose this song because not only are A$AP and Ocean two of my favorite artists, but because the sound of the song fit the vibe of the video. Since the song focuses on the artist reflecting on finding peace of mind and making time for family and friends, I thought it would go perfectly with the simplicity of the clips of my friends enjoying life. After the song was edited in, and the main clips were added, I started to add “b roll”. B roll are clips that might not be the main focus of the product, but rather act as fillers to help fluidity. Once the visuals were completely finished and the music was synced in with the images, I started adding different filters and effects to brighten up and add a more professional video.
After talking with my advisors, we decided to add another element to the video; poetry. One of my favorite poet of modern times is Rupi Kaur. A lot of her work focuses on relationships, trauma, growth, and recovery. I chose to use an untitled poem by her about blooming. I chose this poem because like Purity, I think the poem expresses how through friends, family and experiences we grow, or rather bloom. We stay strong and push the people around us to enjoy our lives while also growing and being successful. The poem is about ten lines long, which worked in my favor being that it was so easy to split up. To insert the text into the video I used WeVideo using yellow movie captions. I thought this created a cool element to the video and used the yellow captions because it reminded me of an alternative aesthetic popular on Tumblr.
Doing this product, I found out a lot about being a creator. It took a lot of work and creativity to make the video and the challenges that held me back were stressing. Although, I am glad that a created this product. It let me peek into an aspect of being an artist and made me sympathize more with the artists I would potentially be working with. Moving forward with this knowledge has helped me better myself for becoming a manager and working on the business side of art.
For my study, I am getting an English credit, I’m getting this because I am meeting most of the standards with my website and my interviews. I also have a few Danville Skills, but the big one that I am going to earn is Share. The “Share” standard means “I can use technology as a tool to aid my communication”. I am doing that right now with my website because everything that I learn is going into my website, and eventually my website will be published. Another Danville Skill I will earn is Question. Question means“I reflect on who I am in my past present and future.” I will earn this skill through my project because I talk about my past a lot and how I have been around racing, I talk about what I am doing now, and I also talk about the future and what I plan on doing. I will also show that I have earned Inquire as a Danville Skill. Inquire means“ I can come up with questions and predictions to better understand problems. “ I will earn this through this project because with my interviews I had to come up with important questions that would help me figure out everything I need to know to own my own track.
Owning a race track has been my dream since I was a little girl, so this project has really helped me. When I first started this project I thought that owning a race track was easy and not very much went into it, but I was very very wrong. Owning a race track is difficult and a big responsibility and this project has really helped me see that.
I have always wanted to explore, travel, and help people at the same time, I also love taking pictures so I thought about this career. I did a lot of research about the science behind it and college requirements. I really liked the idea of this job. I interviewed Fawn Baesemann the school nurse, about school and her career and her take on nursing school. I did some presentations about nurses, like Florence Nightingale. Any kind of nursing requires a certain kind of person and I idolize these women.
As I did more research I realized this wasn't the career I really wanted to pursue. It does have everything I like to do, but I realized this wasn't for me and I didn't understand it like I thought I would. However, I would still love to take part in a career that has traveling. I have done research about it and read the book Eat, Pray Love. Something I do find interesting is hemp farming. My family has a farm in Pennsylvania and has asked me to work for them. I have thought about this more and more and am really considering it, I would be traveling from state to state still but I don't think it is as much traveling I wish it'd be.
I have been working with first graders in the outdoors. I have been teaching them about sugaring and tracking and how to identify tree bark without leaving on the trees.
When I joined Compass I had two things that I wanted to do. I wanted to study the concept of fear and I wanted to make a horror film. So I ended up combining the two, researching the psychology behind common phobias then applying the gained knowledge to a film. I ended up deciding to start an online series of short Horror films called ¨Foreboding.¨ I tossed around ideas for a first season for a while before deciding that I wanted to make a season about a killer clown. Season one is about a trio of deranged serial killers putting tapes of their grisly murders onto the air disguising it as a children's show called ¨Snuffles Adventures ̈
For this season I obviously used coulrophobia as the main fear, the fear of clowns. Though I did also sprinkle in a few other common fears such as arachnophobia (spiders), hemophobia (gore/blood), aichmophobia (sharp objects), thanatophobia (death/dead things), pediophobia (dolls), nyctohylophobia (forests at night), maskaphobia (masks), automatonophobia (puppets, statues, wax figures, etc.) and nyctophobia (the dark.)
Phobias can be obtained in many ways. In many cases, they can be learned by a parental figure or another guardian figure. In these cases, the child observes the fear in the parent and learns to feel fear whenever they see the object of unease. But also many deep seated phobias can be a result of something that one went through as a kid. Enduring a traumatic experience is a way to begin to fear something that your brain has associated with that dark time in your life.
But since this season ́s main antagonist is a psychopath donning clown attire I'll discuss more deeply one effect that comes more to my advantage in season one an effect known as the ¨Uncanny Valley Effect.̈ Uncanny valley effect is when something looks extremely humanoid but is slightly bent or distorted, a little off. A good example would be mannequins or hyper realistic androids. While there are a few different theories about why clowns unnerve us the one that stuck out to me is the uncanny valley effect since I had previously looked into it last year in Introduction to Critical Thinking. The theory suggests that perhaps the fact that clowns look very human (since they usually are) but have such heavily painted faces and distorted features that it confuses the brain in the same way as an android. Another theory suggests that perhaps our primal instincts are telling us to avoid the pale faced comedians since they resemble dead or ill individuals. Other theories simply imply that people are just freaked out by the fact that the big red noses and white paint somewhat conceals the wearer ́s identity. Though another reason often listed by adults that fear clowns is how unpredictable they can be. Unlike the other acts at the circus, clowns just do whatever they think will be funny to the crowd.
Burnett, Dean. “Coulrophobia: Why Clowns Trigger Our Fear Reflexes | Dean Burnett.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 14 Oct. 2016, www.theguardian.com
Black holes are one of the most mind-boggling and intricate objects that have been discovered. They can slow down time relative to the earth, cause a distortion in the fabric of space, warp light, and are completely invisible. Yet, there is still so much that astronomers haven’t learned. I decided to focus my learning around the formation, anatomy, physics, and history of black holes.
Right now with my project, I’m going back and forth between the history and scientific side of black holes. The first project I completed was about a documentary called Black Hole Apocalypse. I took several pages of notes throughout the film then composed an essay about everything I learned. My second project focused on the important historical events that relate to black holes. The project that I am currently working on is comparing two black holes from two different movies to what astronomers know of black holes now. The goal of this is to see how similar and different a realistic black hole is to a black hole in a science fiction movie.
I think one of the most challenging parts of my project is the language used in the resources and the different theories that are used to explain a black hole. There is a lot of new vocabulary that is used quite often in the resources I find. It takes time to clearly understand what each word means. The second most challenging aspect of this is the theories that are used to explain the way a black hole works and is formed. Einstein's theory of relativity and special relativity are presented a lot along with many other theories. The other challenging part for me is understanding time. Grasping the concept of time in space and how it is affected by certain objects is an important part of understanding how the universe works.
I have already learned so much about black holes with the couple projects I have completed. The first thing I wanted to know was, what exactly is a black hole? It is a point in space where the gravity is so strong that once something enters it can't escape, not even light. They form from massive stars collapsing in on themselves until the core gets crushed into a very small point. Once it is compressed enough it creates a black hole. These black holes can come in many different sizes ranging from 10 solar masses to 17 billion solar masses, which is the largest black hole to be found. The supermassive black holes are found at the center of every galaxy we have observed, including the milky way. With my second project, I went deeper into the history and series of events that corresponded with black holes. One of the first points in time that related to black holes was in 1783 when John Michelle had announced the idea of a “Dark Star” by using Newton's Law of Gravitation. Then later on in-time, the first-ever black hole was discovered in 1971, it was named Cygnus X-1. While astronomers were observing a binary star system they noticed an invisible companion that had enough mass and gravity to keep the other star revolving around it. This later turned out to be the first confirmed black hole.
Astronomy is a threshold for a hard science class. It’s very dense in detail which makes learning it a lot more difficult yet very interesting.