For my senior capstone I decided to create and release my debut music project. I created an EP entitled “DI4A The Prologue” (Did It For Annaliza). I’ve been inconsistently making music for the last 4 years. Since July I’ve been working harder and beginning to obtain consistency with results. My mother committed suicide on thanksgiving morning freshman year and I’ve been torn ever since. Throughout all the wins and losses I took throughout my life losing my mother is without a doubt the biggest one. When she died everybody looked at me (a 13 year old boy) to keep everything together. Long story short everything I do is for my mom which is why I decided to dedicate this series to her. The idea is I’m telling my story in a book setup, thus “The Prologue” in the title. A prologue is basically a warm up to the first chapter (DI4A Chapter 1) which I’ll be releasing in November. My original idea was to create a documentary on this subject but instead I decided to do an autobiography. After I got the autobiography idea I accumulated the idea of writing a short story book. I researched book setups on powerful stories. In other words I looked up how it was structured as in Prologue, Chapter buildups and I went in and out of Background information etc…. I attained inquiry from myself and my older sister honestly. We sat at the table countless nights in the studio while I was writing out the EP investigating each others hearts and memories looking for different perspective routes that would draw in the listeners as well as create an effective mode of storytelling while getting the messages across. Inquiry was also used while listening to the greatest storytelling artists looking for the methods they use. The collaboration process was probably the easiest part of it all. I collaborated with my studio engineer, my producers, other artists (KHI included). The presentation aspect for me consisted of releasing the project on a selected date & time as well as promoting and uploading the project to a few major music websites. The reflection is self explanatory I wrote about things I’ve done in the past and where it got me or what it did for me. I sat and thought about the last 4 years of my life and what it did to me and what I hope it’s leading me too and what I can gain from it. I learned throughout this whole process that I can really touch people and this gift I have in expressing myself over beats is 1 of 1. I’ve learned that it’s a formula for success in this business and right now I’m on track to get where I’ve dreamed of being in the next 4 to 5 years and even sooner if I handle my business. I wouldn’t change anything, I would actually add to what I’ve done. If I could go back I would have made time to get my visuals finished so that people could visualize the story better.
Since we are the first class to graduate we thought it would nice to honor, and show appreciation to our senior class. We started this school all of the hard work that we put in made this school into what it is now. My partner Jame and I wanted our capstone to be original, and different at the same time. Most importantly we wanted to display our creativity, that is why for our capstone we chose to build it. We did start our project later than we expected because we couldn’t come up with a design concept that we could stick with. While working on our capstone, we spent most of our time working on this during our engineering class, and after school. Considering that we started late we stayed after school longer, that way we could focus. So our process for this project was simple, physically making it was the hard part. This isn’t the first project that my partner, and I have worked on together, prior to this we both have experience. The first steps in building our capstone consisted of us building a base. Wood was the best material to use as a sturdy base. So before we could cut or do anything else we had to take measurements first, because we wanted our capstone to be a reasonable size, secondly because we needed all the pieces of the base to be proportional, and fit evenly. Once all the pieces of the base were measured, then next step was to cut. Cutting was easy since we only had to make three cuts. Now that everything was cut we nailed all the pieces together. The hardest part was next which was painting, because it was so time consuming. We coated our base with two layers of blue paint that way it would give it a smooth look, and feel. We had to pay very close attention to details because when we assembled our pieces we lined them up evenly that it would be straight. Once this was done we were pretty much finished for the most part. We plan to have the all the seniors sign our piece that we can be remembered, and display our piece.
For my senior capstone, Jordan Williams and I decided to pair up and collaborate on something we both have a passion for; sports. Since our school has incorporated so many different sports teams over the past four years, we feel sa though sports should be something we honor more broadly this year. We wanted to incorporate all of the student athletes and appreciate them more for our final year, here at SLA. We figured that to show appreciation to our athletes and coaches, we should create a sports ceremony in honor of them. The process for our sports ceremony has came a very long way. In the beginning, in September, we fully planned on creating a full out banquet for the athletes. We first began by figuring out any kind of fundraising we could do, but in the end we got none of that done. We didn’t fundraise at all. In order for our banquet to be up to par, we would’ve needed to pay for tables, chairs, catering, refreshments, awards and invitations. By the time March came around, we obviously knew from there on out a banquet wasn’t going to be the way to go if we wanted to get our capstone done on time. Instead of rushing around to do a horrible job, we decided to make a ceremony.My partner and I have been on a very up and down journey to get our capstone figured out and finalized. Our final product is going to be SLA@Beeber’s first sports ceremony. Our ceremony will be held on June 2nd at 4 o’clock in the Beeber auditorium. And, Jordan and I will be hosting this event. I learned everything from time management, organization, patience, etc. My capstone story is really simple but we came along way from where we begun. I feel like this process has made me mature because we did a lot on our own and didn’t have much guidance throughout. We wanted to take matters into our own hands and I feel like that is the best decision we made through everything.
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This article was written by Hazeltine National, a professional event decorator. This article was mostly about how to decorate your party area. An event such as this requires a lot of thought and coordination. National went through step by step on what to do and how to do it. Some steps she included was making it memorable with props, color coordination with school colors, honoring students accomplishments, table and seating arrangements, etc. This is super helpful to us because it gives us a basis on how to start our set up. It allows us to picture the decor we are most looking for and where to start that from.
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This article was written by Cheri Brennan and it goes into great detail on what we need to create for part of the decor at our banquet. Sports banquets are suppose to be formal, since it is an honorable event. Being said that, formality is what we are going to aim for. She explains that lighting, backgrounds (for pictures), a podium, eating materials (napkins, plates, silverware), etc, are all important factors in creating a “formal” look. Knowing how to create a formal look is going to help us a lot in the long run because that is what we really want to come out of this. We want to create something so perfect that it will be memorable. Coming in with a very coordinated event will be something no one will forget.
Writer, Leaf Group. "Sports Banquet Invitation Wording Ideas." Entertainment Guide | Local.com. Local.com, 26 June 2011. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.
Invitations are one of the most important things to include when creating any kind of event. Its most important when creating a formal event like a sports banquet. Since our event is honoring and congratulating athletes, that needs to be really broad on our invitations. They have to be particular and noticeable. The article explains what needs to be on the invitations since our event is specific. It tells us to include; location, attire, who is being honored and what the official agenda is. This really benefits us because creating the invitation is the number one thing to start with, after finding all of the general information about our event. The invitation attracts our invitees.
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This article is about other schools and what they do to keep their banquets interesting. Sometimes, events such as this one can be really drawn out and people usually leave when it isn’t even over yet. For us, that is not our goal at all. We want to make it as involved and fun as possible. This article gave us different ideas to keep it interesting. It explains that involving as many students as possible is the best idea because everyone is being honored (which parents want, and more people will come). It also gave us the idea of selecting a few people, mostly seniors, to give a speech about their time at SLA and how their sport is important to them. We also want to include as many lower classmen as possible.
"Team Awards Dinner Ideas To Celebrate The End Of the Season." To Celebrate The End Of the Season. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.
This article doesn’t have a main author, but it talks a lot about the food part of any sports banquet, or any party at all. In the article, it is suggested that before we start doing any catering planning, to have a all around survey on what people like. By having people take a survey, a more diverse list can be created, offering many. They give us ideas on what kind of food set up we can use, and we find it most helpful using a buffet set up. A buffet will allow our guests to have a little bit of a choice. Although this article mainly focuses on food options, it benefits us because now we have an easier way of figuring out an easy food plan.
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This article goes over a couple of important things; decorations, foods, awards, activities, gifts, etc. We find this article most helpful when the author focuses in on awards. As a pair, we haven’t quite figured out what kind of articles we are offering yet. But, this article explains that the most important one to hand out to each sport team is “MVP.” This can open up a variety of awards that we could use such as “most improved” “most team spirit” “all around athletic” and many more. The article tells us that it is important to recognize and all and not leave anybody out, especially if they are there. As we have said before, we want this to be as memorable as possible considering these are the first ever athletes at SLA and this is the first capstone.
For my capstone I decided to create a body of music consisting of usually hip-hop/rap beats that I would make over the course of the senior year. This body of music is a sort of mixtape that I would share with the world and show what I can do outside of school. I chose to do this mixtape because it shows what my hobby outside of school is. It also shows the progress that I made since my 9th grade mini course. I made the beats on FL studio. Over the course of about 7 months, I made somewhere between 20 and 30 beats. I chose 10 of them and put them on SoundCloud. I also sent them to my brother so he could send it to some of his friends to get some feedback. That is all.
This is a career related project. Over the course of 2 years I was shadowing multiple male and females in the legal fields, and conducting short interviews. Through this experience I explored African American male/female road to success/experiences working in the legal/government system. This fits my interest due to my passion for the law and justice. My life goals will come with the price of being African American female in the United States and to deal with it I want to hear what others experiences were like.
For my Capstone I wanted to make something about my country because I’m here for a year, and in this time period I experienced many things like American culture, history, people and etc. Before I return my country, I wanted to introduce mine. Turkey is an important geostrategic power thanks to being located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. I wanted to give some historical facts and some basic information about Turkey. The other thing that I mentioned in my Capstone are Turkish reforms which were made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He was our leader after World War I, and he recreated a dead country. One of the most important details for me in this project is my perspective because i compared Turkey and America. I wrote my observations that I have experienced about relationships, daily life and perspectives. This was important for me because this is about my thoughts. I got help from Mr. Elish and we planned to add differences in the educational system between Turkey and America too. This was also important because I was an international student for a year and I learned so much.
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Art has always been my passion growing up. For my senior project I wanted to make sure everyone knew what I could create. For the past year, I have been developing my artistic abilities by painting, drawing, and designing many objects that represent me as a person. My art is revolved around my race, culture, and city in which I reside. I create over 60 creations to showcase at my art show which is in the month of May, 2017. I designed hats, jackets, and shoes. I created many landscape pieces with spray paint. I decided to title my art show “The Wild Card” due to the fact that I am a wild card. When it comes to art I’m a broad street artist who is capable of creating anything. From graffiti, to murals, or custom shoes, you just never know what you are going to get out of me. Throughout this whole entire project I did have some assistance, but for the most part I came out of pocket for supplies and made sure to pay all fees to the building for my art show. I spent over $3,000 in supplies for my show in total. My art show is on May 26 from 5pm-9pm at the Overbrook Art Center. Tickets are $8 a piece and both drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This is my first art show and it’s also my final project at SLA@Beeber. I want this to be one of my greatest memories of a lifetime. To be completely honest I believe it was worth it and I cannot wait for all of my jar work to turn into success.