My name is Ava Marshia and I am a Sophomore at Danville School. This year I tried out two different “jobs” in my Journalism Epic Journey. My first one was a teacher's assistant for Ms.Parent’s journalism class. The second one was an intern for the Caledonian Record. I chose to do this because I wanted to improve my skills on journalism and get real life experience using these skills. During the times that the class was learning the things that I had already learned, Ms.Parent let me do my work for the Cal Rec. AlthoughI didn’t work as much with them as I envisioned,I learned many new things about writing and the media. I also learned all about informing others and teaching lessons. Some exciting things that I accomplished was getting a big project published, presenting to a class, and helping my peers out when they needed it. The biggest accomplishment was getting accepted to the Washington D.C. Journalism Conference.
The remote learning really affects my independent study because I can’t go out to do any job shadows. But I can still work on my database and I can still research different things in technology. My perspective on technology proves itself with our new circumstances. We now don’t have a choice but to use technology to learn and that provides evidence to how necessary it is. It’s very difficult to be a student right now. It's hard not to have a teacher next to me, able to help me through problems. My goals for next year’s learning in general is to continue to make my learning paths unique to me with my interests in mind. I want to continue working on my technology career explorations.
Hi! my name is Laci Sandvil and I’m a sophomore at Danville. For my Compass projects all semester I’ve been working all about and around sharks. For my fourth and final product this semester I wanted to raise some awareness about sharks and the ocean. I learned how to make really good PSAs and that’s what I’m going to be talking about. When I first decided I wanted to make PSAs I didn’t really have a lot of knowledge of how I was going to do that. So I found a really good website with 8 really easy to follow steps and the end result was two very good PSAs that I’m proud of and happy to be able to share out into the community. Here are the 8 steps
I wrote a couple out that I recorded and played back that just didn’t hit all the things I was looking for so I had a re-do both of them a couple of times. I finally found the right scripts and was able to record them and be very happy with the finished product. The biggest thing that the site I found helped me with was how it talked about making sure you were directing what you were saying towards the correct audience. It made it easy to know how to word things and how to get my message across. The one thing that it said that I didn’t listen too as much as I should have was the time limits, I packed them full of information and they were decently long. I like the way they turned out I’m just hoping that the length doesn’t turn listeners off from listening to the whole thing. At the end of the day, I’m very happy with the PSAs I made and I hope they are able to raise the awareness that I wanted them too.
Hi, my name Miles Despathy. I am a student at Danville High School and I am currently taking a Compass class that allows me to choose any topic that I want to study and earn credit for learning about it. In this class, I have chosen to study nature, specifically focusing on how nature can influence creative, inspired writing, as well as researching the influence of technology on nature, current environmental issues and ecology. In this class, I will read the books Writing Wild by Tina Welling, The End of Nature and Enough by Bill McKibben, The Forest Unseen by George Haskell, and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. For my first project, I read the book Writing Wild and then I researched something that I observed in nature that interested me. From these observations and research, I wrote a six-page paper about what I found. For my next projects throughout this semester, I will read the other books and write a paper about an environmental issue and possible solutions, research a technology and write an opinion paper about its impact on the environment, and find a spot in nature and keep an ecology journal which will include regular observations, essays, and poems related to this spot.
After reading Writing Wild, I went out in the woods to follow the three-step process that is shared in this book. This process involved going into nature and finding something to describe using the five senses. What I found on my walk in the woods was a lichen on a tree. After choosing this lichen for my project, I began to ask questions about lichens in general and I used these questions to help create an outline for my six-page paper. Some of the major questions that I asked in this paper were: what are lichens? Do lichens harm the objects they grow on? Where do lichens live? What is the oldest lichen? How do lichens grow? What can lichens grow on? What conditions can lichen grow in? How many different lichens are there? I found that by asking questions about the lichen, it helped me to have a clear direction in developing my paper.
Some of the parts of this project were challenging because I had never written a paper that included my own personal narrative and thoughts as well as scientific research. The first challenge I had was trying to figure out how to begin the introduction of my paper. Another challenge was that some of the sources I used were long and used dense, scientific language that caused reading them to be slow and complicated. The last major issue that I had with this paper was trying to find a way to organize all of the information that I had gathered so it was easy to understand and follow. In order to solve the first problem, I went back to the three-step process from the book Writing Wild. this process involved asking questions about what I had found. Because of this part of the process, I thought it would be appropriate to use questions in my introduction and to share the description of the lichen that I had created. For the second challenge I just had to read through the material slowly and several times to figure out the message. To solve the last major challenge regarding the organization of the paper, I had to create an outline in order to form the information into usable chunks that flowed so the information did not overwhelm me and also to help present the information clearly.
There are many things that I learned about lichens from this paper as well as my writing in general. This paper taught me that I enjoy narrative writing and trying to weave it into a paper. The main places that I used narrative writing were in the introduction and the conclusion of my lichen paper which were my favorite parts of the paper to write. This paper also showed me that creating an outline is very helpful because it is an effective form of organizing information and creating the flow of your paper. One of the facts about lichens that I found interesting was their ability to function and grow after being in space for more than two weeks where they were exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation. Lichens are found in many different places including Antarctica and rain forests. I also learned that lichens can be used to measure the amount of pollution in an area by monitoring how far out they grow from where they are attached. Another major thing that I have learned in this class is that many writers both past and present have used nature for inspiration in their writing. Some of these writers include the poets Basho and Robert Frost, the environmentalists John Muir and Thoreau, as well as many others.
Currently, in this class, I have just read the book The End of Nature by Bill McKibben. This book was about many environmental issues including climate change and what could happen if humans do not change their ways. This book offered insight into how humans have contributed to current environmental problems as well as humans relationship with nature. For my next Compass project, I will be writing a paper on some of the key messages from Bill McKibben’s book and specifically focussing on the energy crisis and its impact on both the climate and the environment. This paper will be a five-page research paper and it will also include some solutions that could possibly work to end or help this issue. After I have finished this paper I will begin reading my next book by Bill McKibben, Enough, and writing an opinion based paper on a current technology and its impact on the environment.
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.