Senior Projects Archives | Ashley Hall

Downtown flooding couldn’t dim the spotlight on Senior Project presentations this past Monday. Presented in morning and afternoon rotations in locations spread throughout campus, these nine girls confidently and concisely presented a year’s worth of research in 30 minute time frames offering audience members an in-depth look at the student’s topic of choice. It was their time to shine and shine they did!

Completely student-directed with one-on-one faculty mentoring and ongoing support, Senior Project is a synthesis of intense year-long research, critical thinking, and community outreach allowing students to delve deeper into a specific topic of interest. The participants are selected through a competitive application process the prior spring and the girls begin researching their proposed topic over the summer months. This research then fuels their work over the course of the school year as projects evolve.

The Senior Project program is one more way, Ashley Hall seeks to provide each girl with a head start on the hard work of preparing her for the college experience and the journey beyond.

PQV to this year’s participants:
Carter Bitter | Sex Trafficking in the United States  
Elise Coleman | African American Masculinity: The Process of Change
Erin Goedecke | Sports Injuries in Adolescents and How to Prevent Them
Anna Hildebrand | Malnutrition: More Than a Third World Pandemic
Lauren Marshall | How Do We React To Trauma 
Emily Ockerman | Getting to the Root of the Problem: The Way America Grows Crops and How it Harms it’s Environment, People, and Culture
Elizabeth Puckette |  Charleston: Beyond the Brochure
Zoe Watson | Diverse Representation in the Media
Sophia Yao | Cyber Security

Senior Project at Ashley Hall is one of the school’s most distinguished programs. This student-directed, year-long class is a synthesis of intense research, critical thinking, and targeted community outreach allowing students to delve deeper into a specific topic of interest. Selected through a competitive application process the prior spring, Senior Project girls begin researching their proposed topic over the summer months. This research then fuels their work over the course of the school year as the projects evolve. During April of the following year, the girls present their Senior Project research findings to the Upper School student body along with distinguished guests.

Below you’ll find a brief overview of current Senior Project topics. We plan to follow the girls’ work throughout the year via social media and various school communications pieces so stay tuned to learn more.

Carter Bitter: Human Trafficking

Elise Coleman: The Long-Term Effects of Slavery

Erin Goedecke: Preventing Sports Injuries for Adolescent Girls

Anna Hildebrand: Sustainable Technology

Lauren Marshall: Mind-Body Connection in Trauma Recovery

Emily Ockerman: Meat Consumption in the US

Elizabeth Puckette: History of Charleston

Sophia Yao: Cyber Security

Zoe Watson: Diversity in Literature

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Ashley Hall is a private school for girls located in Charleston, South Carolina enrolling students in pre-kindergarten-grade 12 with a boarding program for grades 9-12.
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