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Seniors shine in final projects

New class gives students a chance to try out career options

With their final days of high school quickly disappearing, the members of Soroco High School’s Class of 2005 are working hard to prepare themselves for the road ahead.On Tuesday night, several of the students presented projects reflecting their personal interests and career goals to the South Routt Community.

Their projects were the product of “Senior Project, a special new elective class for seniors. The class, which was introduced this year, is similar to a highly successful program at Steamboat Springs High School.

Senior Project teacher Angela Blair said that the class was based on the interests of the students and how they wanted to show those interests.

“They had to pick a project that they are passionate about, and something that they want to do,” Blair said. “It is about taking the next step.”

Presenting their senior projects on Tuesday were five Soroco seniors: Trista Burris, Karli Babcock, Paige Iacovetto, Melissa Roy and Andrew Radebaugh.

Burris got the whole senior class involved in her project. She created a show composed of pictures of the seniors from their baby years up to the present. Burris also made CDs of her slide show that were available for purchase at the event.

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“I took pictures of the seniors and also collected pictures from their families and siblings,” Burris said. She wanted to have something to remember her class by. While putting together this project, Burris discovered her love for photography. “I want to be in photography; I want to work a camera.” she said.

Babcock created a fashion show for her project. She persuaded 10 of her classmates to participate in the show, in which they modeled clothes provided by Bushwackers. Babcock has had two years of modeling experience, but going behind the scenes was a different experience.

“It is totally different,” she said. “It is so much more stressful. I would rather be a model than direct any day.”

She also said it was very time consuming, because she arranged the huge runway, music, and lights herself. Because South Routt County is not known for modeling, Babcock thought that her show would be a good learning experience for everyone.

After her presentation, Bab-cock held a drawing for gift certificates to Bushwackers. She also gave away gift certificates to Soda Creek Western Mercantile and F.M. Light & Sons.

Iacovetto also did a project based on personal experience. As a former high school basketball player, Iacovetto decided to teach her skills to middle school students. She worked with two eighth-grade classes and taught them a special game that she remembered from her childhood.

“I taught them a game called UCLA,” Iacovetto said. “I picked the game because it was kind of hard to learn, I guess.”

Even though she loves basketball, Iacovetto learned that teaching it to children can be hard, especially when they do not cooperate.

“I learned what it was like to be in charge of kids that are, like, brats,” she said.

Roy used her expertise on cattle ranches to create a project about cattle reproduction and the process of calving. She showed a video highlighting the birth of a calf and showing the life of a herd of cattle. The highlight of her project was the 3-hour-old calf she had with her. Roy said that the idea for the project came to her right away.

“I love ranching and cattle,” she said. “I knew the bits and pieces of everything, but I wanted to do more with calving and illness.”

Roy wants to live on a ranch of her own someday. She also wants to study equine science in college and become a veterinarian.

Radebaugh made everyone hungry with his project: cooking a delicious meal. For the project, Radebaugh produced a video cooking show, starring himself. At first, Radebaugh wanted to do something entirely focused on TV production, but his friends convinced him to use more of his cooking talents. His meal of choice was lamb, salad and a pie.

“I just wanted to cook a great meal,” he said. “I have always loved lamb, the salad complements it, and the dessert was easy to make.”

Radebaugh always has wanted to be a chef, and he hopes to go to culinary school.

At the end of the night, secret judges were responsible for grading the projects. The judges were teachers, students and other community members. The seniors were graded on the way they were dressed, their confidence and enthusiasm, and how well they were prepared.

Babcock was very happy with the new class and how everyone’s projects turned out.

“It was positive learning for all of us,” she said.

Blair was especially thrilled with the turnout of under classmen at the event.

“They got to see what they might want to do if they want to take the class later,” she said.