On May 22, 25 Alverno seniors presented their Senior Projects to the student body and members of the local community. These projects were an opportunity for these young women to explore a passion or future career path before they graduate from Alverno.
This year, projects ranged from archery to sewing to cinematography to veterinary medicine. Each student was given the opportunity to select a project that they were passionate about and complete it over a semester-long period. These were presented on Tuesday to the student body and evaluated by a panel of judges that included Alverno alumna Terry Traver ’65; past Alverno employee Cathie Snyder; and past parent from the class of 2001 and current member of the Sierra Madre City Council, John Capoccia. These three judges determined which students would be selected to receive the prizes for their incredible work.
In the end, Samantha Lorey received the $150 first place prize for her project, “Time to Sparkle.” Lorey published her own book on make-up application and created her own environmentally friendly make-up line of eye shadow and lip gloss.
Hana Lemseffer took home second place and $100 for her cinematography project of a senior memory video to be gifted to her classmates.
The third place and $75 winner was Laura Mejia for her analysis of women’s role in the media.
In fourth place, Marina Banks won $50 for learning how to play softball by joining Alverno’s 2011-2012 Horizon League first-place team.
Four honorable mentions and gift cards were also awarded to Amanda Parlee for learning how to sew, Karen Halim for examining the difference in culture between America and Indonesia, Carolyn Chalfant for learning archery, and Aliyana Franklin for a marketing and branding study.
“These students have worked exceptionally hard over the past semester on these projects,” said Carla Tomaso, Alverno English Department Chair. “Many of them went above and beyond what was required and truly developed new skills, passions, and interests that will carry them beyond their time at Alverno.”
“Our seniors will be leaving us in a short two and half weeks,” said Ann Gillick, Head of School. “These projects are not only an opportunity to build new passions and skills but also the opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for life after Alverno. Each of these young women have proven that they have the skills, knowledge, and poise to succeed and thrive in whatever they choose to do—they are true examples of Alverno’s mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”