On Thursday, May 29, the public is invited to the culminating event for those students who seek to earn the Old Town High School Honors Diploma. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Senior Exhibition Fair will feature a brief presentation by each student, followed by an informal time for guests to browse the students’ displays and discuss the students’ topics and findings. Each student previously presented their project in a formal setting with an audience. To earn the OTHS Honors Diploma, students must succeed in a highly challenging and diverse course load, participate in nine seminars, complete 20 hours of community service, and present a senior capstone project of superior quality. Presenters will include the following:

Tia Jackson-Picture Perfect – Did you know that about 91 percent of females are unhappy with their body’s shape and size? This project analyzes American society’s unrealistic idea of the “perfect woman” and how it has changed throughout history. Come and learn about the detrimental influence the mass media has on a woman’s body image.

Meg Delcourt-Psychopathy vs. Sociopathy: Is There Really A Difference? – This capstone project focuses on the differences and similarities between psychopathy and sociopathy. Each disorder is briefly summarized and the theories as to how they are the same and how they are different are both explained to some degree. In addition, three well-known criminals are described and the rationale for a diagnosis of either sociopathy, psychopathy, or both is elucidated.

Brittany Ireland- Is There a Link Between Synesthesia and Autism? – I’m sure you all know what autism is, but what about synesthesia? Do you know that researchers have discovered a connection between the two? This connection can help future researchers understand those with autism in a whole different way. Come find out what these conditions are and what they have to do with one another!

Aurora Sullivan- Garcia Marquez and Colombian Chaos – Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the most famous author from the Latin American nation of Colombia. Colombia has been fraught with civil unrest throughout its existence as an independent nation. This project describes how Garcia Marquez’s literature movingly depicts the war-torn history of Colombia, as well as its vital and colorful culture.

Ali King- Vegetarianism in a Nutshell – Vegetarianism is a dietary lifestyle that has been around for thousands of years and yet today only 5% of American consider themselves vegetarians. Do you think that there is no way that you’d be able to give up animal products? Learning about the negative impacts of a meat- eater’s diet and the health advantages of vegetarianism may make you reconsider.


Jessica Pollard- Xenotransplantation – Xenotransplantation is the process of transplanting organs from one species to another. Studies were the pros and cons of transplanting pig organs into humans and why some animals are better suited than others for specific organs. Through this project you can also learn about one very famous organ transplant that was conducted on an infant who is known as Baby Fae.

Garvey Melmed- How the Three Point Line Changed the Game of Basketball – A dream that all basketball players wish to become a reality is to sink a three point shot at the buzzer to capture the game. This unimaginable fantasy would have been just that, unimaginable, in many years past. Come on a journey through a brief history of basketball, and proceed to dive into the depths of a line that changed the sport forever; the three point line.

Sarah Plunkett- The 100 Year Diet – So much has changed over the last 100 years, it is no surprise that the American diet is one of those things. Society and science have been the major factors in the diet change. Learn what effects these have had on what Americans have consumed in the last 100 years.

Jocelyn St. Jean- Skin Cancer – Many people don’t realize the danger in sporting a seemingly-healthy glow. Skin cancer is the most common cancer among Americans. Come learn the facts about skin cancer, and the risks and alternatives to tanning!

Kathryn Rawson- What Does Sea Level Rise Really Mean?- Will you have waterfront property in the future? One of the symptoms of climate change that could affect the world the most is sea level rise, but not all locations will be affected equally. This project provides an overview of global and regional sea level rise, and how complex predictions can be effectively communicated.

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