For my capstone, me and my partners Beyonce Best and Andre Forman have collaborated together to make a poetry book with a collection of our poems and other peoples poems in the book to show off the poetic skills of the students in our schools. We did this because we wanted people to show off their poetic mindset. We have also sent out a survey for the entire student body to the younger classmen to recruit team members for the poetry team because this is the first year we have become ranked #1in our division and we are going to finals. But after we leave we won't have a team anymore plus we feel as tho this team has helped us grow as people and become strong mentally and physically and we want others younger than us to experience that too.
What I did for my capstone was build a go-kart with Khayri Burke, Naji Henderson, Jordan Davis, and Sergio Ruiz to race in a competition. This process started off with just us trying to figure out the mechanics of a car first and understanding how our go-kart would work. There was then a conversation about the theme of our car and brainstorming exactly how we wanted our go-kart to look like and how it would function. We then came up with what we thought we needed to buy and what we could make to save money. Our idea really was to show off completely how collaboration and teamwork really can make a difference in how professional this go-kart would be. It was hard at first with being familiar with engineering but not cars directly but with the help from our mentors, I got an understanding and combined my understanding of mechanics with the task at hand. Every Wednesday we met you and came up with a task for each and every one of us to do starting from the bottom and building our way to the top. We also bought a pre-existing mini-car toy for children which was about the same size as the go-kart we're building and noted how some things could be changing and added to the frame of the car. Our end product is something we all worked hard on together and all were proud of. We followed the steps we gave one other and completed what we wanted to.
For my capstone I worked with Jailyn Pope-Thomas and we did a Sports Ceremony. The purpose behind this capstone was to recognize and shine light on all the student athletes that attend SLA Beeber and also the hard work and sacrifices that they’ve done over the school year, as they proudly represented our school throughout their respective seasons. Jailyn and I both know what it feels like to not get awarded for hard work so we gave athletes at SLA Beeber awards. It was a long process especially because we had to wait for the sports seasons to be over and then talk to the coaches. We gave everyone that showed up to the ceremony awards and will give the rat out when we see the other students. I learned how to be organized and how to do things like sports ceremonies and what it takes to get people involved with things like this. It was fun because we gave back to kids who were working hard as an student athlete and did something we are involved around because we play sports also. Since I want to be an entrepreneur I should know how to do things that are similar to having sports ceremonies. I care for people around me that are student athletes just like me because people I understand what it takes to be an student athlete and how it’s hard to balance school and the sport you play at the same time. I hope people continue to do this as their capstone but even better with awards and stuff.
So my casptone was to make a working racing go kart. I did this project with my friends Naji, Jeremy, Sergio, and Jordan. Our goal was to see how we can build an entire go kart by using the engineering process. All in all seeing how this would help us in life after school. The process was an extremely tiring and demanding process. Every meeting we had to see how we could actually pull this off, getting as creative as possible.
The final of my capstone is a photo album with designs created by Imani and I along with some of the students from SLA that has a unique style of clothing. The main goal of my capstone was to create clothing to express the history of my culture and to embrace myself on who I am and where I am from through the clothes. I wanted to make sure that all of the designs had a meaning behind it and was all unique in their own way. Starting of it was very difficult to know what needed to happen in order to get my designs created. Some materials work on certain fabrics and others don’t. I searched online for multiple tips that people suggested I do to make sure everything comes out the right way. I tried a couple of things out and they ended up coming out the wrong way. I realized that I was running out of time so I kept in contact with someone from a professional designing store to make everything happen. We talked about all kinds of fabrics, colors, and styles of the shirt not long after I received my shirts and automatically started with my photoshoot. Overall I am happy with this whole experience. I went through a lot trying to get this capstone done and I am happy with the way it came out. I put a lot of time and money into all of the designs and they came out the way I wanted them to. If i were to change things I maybe would have design to go a different route with how these designs got done.
What I did for my project was paint a series of paintings depicting how mental health affects students at SLA. I like to consider myself a bit of an artist, I'm going to minor in studio art in college. I myself suffer from a few mental illnesses and one of my coping skills is painting. So, for my capstone, I decided to survey students in SLA about how mental health affects them and I turned their responses into paintings. I made sure to survey students from each grade so that my paintings are representative, and then I took their responses and put them in a painting. With these paintings, I hope to raise mental health awareness as well as help my peers understand how mental health affects people and their everyday life. Please enjoy and spread your new found knowledge! Thank you.
This year I decided to focus my capstone project on something that I have struggled with and know that many of my peers also struggle with: Mental health. For my project my partner Zaina and I wanted to shed light on a topic that is very rarely directly addressed and is hardly ever taken seriously by family members, school staff, etc. Going into adult hood while balancing school full time, a job and whatever ever extra things most teens do on a daily basis can leave little room to take care of themselves not only physically but mentally. Our project sheds light on these issues and provides solutions for schools to better support their students.