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Senior projects have lasting impact on city

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Access-Ability, a local nonprofit that loans medical equipment to those in need, received a $10,000 donation. Columbus East High School has a new a cappella group called the Acalympians. Pregnancy support agency Route 21 has 20 new baby blankets to distribute to teen mothers.

That all transpired from a long-time Columbus high school tradition: the senior project.

The projects have been a rite of passage for seniors since 2003, when they became mandatory for every student to graduate from Columbus North High School, Columbus East High School and, later, Columbus Signature Academy New Tech.

Four years of coursework and learning come down to a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges from the school and from the community.

"This process is a culmination of all the skills they have been learning and they have been taught through formal years of schooling,' Said Anne Edds, senior project coordinator at East. "It lets students take charge of and take responsibility for their own learning."

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Republic.

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