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Brycen Itzko's Capstone

For my capstone, I did a teaching course for Project Space. I worked along three other seniors to create a four week course for two different classes. We each decided to each make our own teaching plan, with mine being about comets, asteroids and exoplanets. Every week one of us taught the class that day about their course. The classes occurred during the third quarter of the school year, with the students all being freshmen from Science Leadership Academy. The student I taught were well mannered and enjoyed the course that I was teaching. I created my course in such a way that the students will stay engaged and interested in what I was teaching them.

Capstones must use the five core values, Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation and Reflection. I have used these five core values as a guideline for creating my teaching plan. For inquiry, I had to ask questions such as how I can engage the students. For research, I needed to understand what I was going to teach about so that I could teach it properly. For collaboration, we had to figure out which order the four of us were going to teach in while also making sure that our teaching plans didn't overlap. For presentation, it was teaching the students my course.

Overall, my capstone taught me how to manage my resources more, while also helping to develop my core values so that I can better improve myself for the future.

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Night Sky Network | Outreach Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This source provides information about activities that teachers can use with students. The topics mainly involve space related activities, which will be useful to me as it will provide me with a variety of educational activities that I will be able to use when I teach a class for my capstone. I plan on using one relating to comets since I will be teaching about it, which has a wide variety of comet-related activities that will help me engage with my students while also proving them with more knowledge about my topic. I found this source to be very helpful for my capstone.

Kepler Planet Candidate Data Explorer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

I found this source useful because it provides an interactive search tool that shows one of the several methods that is used to find exoplanets in our universe. I will be using this to let the students try out and engage more for my topic with exoplanets, which is one of the two main topics I will be teaching to my students. This source is extremely valuable to me as it will help improve the engagement of the students, which is important as they will learn much better if they can get a hands-on experience.

Exoplanet Orbit Database | Exoplanet Data Explorer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

I selected this source because it provides detailed information about exoplanets that have been discovered so far. It provides a wide variety of different detail of each exoplanet, which will allow me to give examples of one of the methods that is used to find planets. This source will also help me to improve my understanding of my topic, as I am always trying to improve my knowledge about my topics so that I can provide a better learning experience for my students.

Extrasolar Planets. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

I found this source useful because it provides topics that related to exoplanets, which will allow me to better my understanding of what I will be teaching. This source features a blog that updates with new information about exoplanets. I will mainly use this source for my own knowledge, as the more I know about my topic, the more I will be able to engage with the students without the problem of not knowing enough. The source overall is a excellent informational site that will be an important part of my capstone.

Astronomy For Kids - (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

While this source is limited in the fact that it teaches about space related topics at a basic level, it provides me a general idea of what my topic is. This source will also help me to figure out how I want to explain my topics to my students, as using complex information may confused my students. I need to teach my students in a way that will be easy for them to understand, and keep them interested in my topic when I teach the students about comets, asteroids and exoplanets.

Rosetta. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This source provides information about the Rosetta Mission, which was the first successful landing on a comet. There is a huge amount of information and data that I will be using for my topic on comets, which will be one of the main things that I will be discussing. The source also has plenty of detailed pictures that I will be showing to my students when I teach. Overall, this source will be a major part of my capstone that will not only help me gain a better understanding, but also my students.

Asteroids and Comets, Asteroids and Comets Information, Facts, News, Photos -- National Geographic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

I selected this source because it talks about asteroids and comets, both of which I will be teaching about to my students. There is a interactive part that I will be able to give to students for them to engage and learn from. I do find this source limited in the fact that there’s not much other in-depth information, but it’s simple enough for my students to understand, which is an important part for my teaching plan. Overall I find this source to be helpful for letting the students get a hands-on experience.

Lynch, D. (n.d.). Near-Earth Asteroids. Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This source provides detailed information about comets. While I do not believe that “.com” sites are useful sources, this source is very informational. This will help me get a good idea of the different subjects that I can talk about for my topic. Also this source helped me to widen my subjects since I had trouble with what exactly I want to talk about to my students. I find this overall to be helpful for my development of my learning plan while also improving my understanding.

Asteroid Introduction. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

I selected this source because it provides a very detailed and informational explanation on asteroids, which is one of my three main topics for my capstone. It also gives very in-depth detail on the many known comets that were discovered. I have found this source to be extremely valuable in my teaching for asteroids. While I am not focusing on this topic due to the limited I have to teach the students, it still provides me with enough information to give the general idea of asteroids.

Mentor (Derrick Pitts)

I chose Derrick Pitts to assist me for my capstone because he already knows a great deal of the topics that I will be teaching. I found him to be very helpful as he went over many things that helped me to improve my teaching. He told me about how to get the students to engage more with my topic, which is extremely important for teachers. He also explained why he was interested in my topics, which provided me an idea of how to keep my students interested while I teach. Overall, he provided me with fantastic ideas for me to improve on.
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How To Lie With Statistics: Recording #2

Bailey, Nomi, and Jian were all present in this discussion.

During the discussion we brought up some of the questions that were asked about after our first podcast. Then we discussed chapters four and five. They were all about how averages can skew or balance a normal distribution, and how a graph can be manipulated to favor a standpoint. I don't have my group mates' links to the articles they used, but we talked about it in the podcast. We all talked about our personal favorite way to look at averaging different situations, and brought up lots of examples where one type of average would be better for the situations, or that would not be manipulated by outlier data. I don't believe there were many questions after the discussion.

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Amy Farrell Capstone

For my senior year at Science Leadership Academy, I decided to center my capstone around the last of our core values - reflection. This project has allowed me to reflect on my 4 years of high school and see how I’ve changed and grown. I’ve thought about who I used to be, who I wanted to be, and how the circumstances in my life during those 4 years lead me to be the person that I am today. I’ve thought about what I would tell myself during the hard times that I’ve faced, and about the things that I should of done differently. This has allowed me to come to peace with myself in many ways. I’ve put this together in one website to show how I’ve grown as a photographer and how I realized what I needed to do for myself in order to be happy, which will allow me to help others.


**This bibliography was created in the beginning of the year when I was planning on doing a different idea, but the photographer's inspiration still applies**


Vilder, Muir. "Folio | Muir Vidler." Muir Vidler. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. <>.

Muir Vildler is a photographer from California that has shot for publications such as i.D magazine and New York Times magazine. The specific link I chose for this source is a collection of his portfolio shots. The majority of his photography is alternative and shows a different perspective of people that others wouldn’t normally pay attention to. This is a beneficial source for me to use because it inspires me to take photos of everything all the time, even if I’m scared. He does little editing to his photos, which makes me consider doing the same to my photos.


Hamada, Hideaki. "Hideaki Hamada Photography - People." Hideaki Hamada Photography. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. <>.

This source is a link to all of Hideaki Hamada’s work. Hideaki is a Japan based photographer who has a light, airy feel to her photos. She shoots all different types of photographs, such as portraits, travel, and editorials. Her travel photos make me think of how powerful and important location is for photos. Her most recent portrait photos feature a young woman whose face is almost hidden in each photo. This gives me an idea to hide the identity of students who wish to remain anonymous by photographing a specific part of them, such as their hands or an article of clothing that’s important to them.


Reid, Ian. "Ian Reid's Photos Are Just as Crazy as His Skateboarding Videos | VICE | United States." VICE. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. <>.

This is an interview with Ian Reed for Vice magazine. Ian Reed started off as a skateboarder and skate filmer, which inspired him to become a photographer. He shoots risque photos and videos, such as a naked man being barbequed alive. This interview is beneficial to me because it helps me gain motivation to stretch the limits of photography and shoot things that  I believe will make a good photo, even if people feel uncomfortable. He established his career by doing what he loves everyday, which is my goal for the future. He taught me that if I work hard everyday, then it’s possible for me to do the same.


Collins, Petra. "Petra Collins." Petra Collins. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. <>.

Petra Collins is a New York based photographer who has worked with publications such as Vogue and Paper Mag. I chose to use her as a resource because not many female photographers get the credit they deserve, and I feel like Petra’s work in underrated. It’s not the traditional theme of photography that most people expect, and that’s why I like it. She plays with lighting and locations, and lighting is something that I’m interested in. Most of her work is published in magazines, which is something that I aspire to do. It would be amazing if this project could be compiled into a zine, but that would have to be something to work on in the future.


Elterman, Brad. "Brad Elterman." Brad Elterman. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

Brad Elterman is known for his photographs of celebrities, particularly in the 80s. Brad made his career successful by being outgoing and bold, especially when he was a teenager. This link is directed to his photography portfolio. This source is useful to me because Brad motivates me to not be afraid of taking photos of people all the time. He captures people in their natural habitat, and makes every shoot look impromtu.


Ang, Ying. "Ying Ang - Photography." Ying Ang. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

This source is Ying Ang’s portfolio. Ying lives in Australia and edits her photos to appear soft and nostalgic. Part of me wants to edit my photos to look like they were shot with film, and the other part of me wants to make it look as digital as possible. This is a great source for me because Ying incorporates both into her photos, which I hope to do in order to create a happy medium in my photos. Her work motivated me to choose to edit my photos to appear crisp and digital while still being soft to make them more emotional.


Fu, Vivian. "Me and Tim." Vivian Fu. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

Vivian Fu is a San Francisco based photographer with a BA in fine arts, specifically photography. This source is a link to her online portfolio where all of her work is organized and displayed. Her photos are very intimate and are often of herself using self timer. She inspires me as a female photographer to be more creative and to take more pictures of myself that are honest and open. I can incorporate this into my capstone by taking pictures of people from different perspectives and choosing which one represents their hidden side the best.


Sophia, Cheyenne. "CHEYENNE SOPHIA." CHEYENNE SOPHIA. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

In her photography, Cheyenne Sophia has a similar style to Petra Collins. She also focuses on colorful lights and female models, but Cheyenne’s work has more shadows and darkness to it. I resonate with Cheyenne more because the low lighting and bright colors is what attracts me the most. Although I probably won’t be taking my photos like this for my project, I was able to use this source to make this decision.


Nieratko, Chris. "Ed Templeton On His New Book and Life After Skateboarding | VICE | United States." VICE. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. <>.

This source is an interview with Ed Templton for Vice magazine. Ed Templeton is known for being a pro skater, but also for his amazing photography. He often takes street portraits, but still has planned photoshoots also.  This interview discusses his new photography book that’s being released. After viewing this interview, I started to explore more of Ed’s work and thinking about how my photos are similar yet different to his. My capstone is going to be a planned photoshoot, but I can incorporate Ed’s style into it by making the photos seem as though they were taken candidly.


Marks, Matthew. "Nan Goldin - Selected Works - Matthew Marks Gallery." Nan Goldin - Selected Works - Matthew Marks Gallery. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

This source is a link to a bio about Nan Goldin featuring some of her photos written by Matthew Marks. Nan Goldin is a New York & Paris based photographer. She’s known for changing the underground  scene of photography in the 80s due to her presentation of her overly-saturated, risque photos. Her photos are typically unglamorous shots of beautiful people that show how real they still are. This made me think of an idea for my capstone - I could tell all the girls that I will be photographing to appear as natural as possible for their photo by not doing their hair or makeup.

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Estefan Carrillo (Capstone)

​The inspiration to my capstone was The place where I surf in Mexico. The community depended off the ocean in so many ways and the well being and economy of the city is based off the ocean. I created a paper talking about the importance to not pollute and how pollution affects us all. The way my project helped the SLA community was that it educated them on a topic that is always talked about but its never really talked about in depth. 


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Nadir Meeks Capstone

For my capstone i decided to originally host a talent show. In the beginning I had to round up talented individuals to serve as the talent for my show. I gathered singers, dancers and a little bit of everything else in between. This process showed two of SLA’s core values, research and collaboration. After I had everything in place so that the show wouldn’t suck, I needed actual permission to hold the show. I struggled with part, wanting to do everything myself I waited until the very last minute to ask teachers and Lehmann if it was ok to have the show. Sadly due to the short notice my wonderful idea of a talent show shattered once reality hit it. I had waited too long to ask for permission to host the show which made the show a liability to the school. This meant my beautiful show went bust, leaving me to do a 10 page research paper on the different way people learn to make up for it. While the talent show didn’t go a float I did learn a lot about planning and actually setting one up so that in the future I won’t make the same mistake twice.
Taent show
​Here's a small excerpt from my 10 page paper:

Almost always first on the three different types learners list, and who this research paper is going to be most effective for, visual learners are first on deck to talk about. Before we delve into the deep dark secrets of how a visual learner retains information best, we must know what exactly a visual learner is. A visual learner is someone who learns best by using visual stimuli, ence the name visual learner. Visual stimuli consist of books, pictures, flashcards, colors, etc. Any type of information that can be given solely through vision would considered visual stimuli. The thing that makes these learners special is, they can visualize anything and they’re pretty good at it. Visual learners learn effectively when they draw what they hear, go over flashcards, color code information, and write down and read over information and keywords over and over again. These are the type of people who you’ll usually find doodles invading the sides of their notebook. Surprisingly, according to the Social Science Research Network about 65% of the general population are considered visual learners. Which explains why over the course of our existence we’ve used pictures, drawings, symbols and any form of written literature to give information to one another. This is also something to be expected of today due to our technological advancements. Since we live in fast paced screen filled world where we are fed our favorite shows, news and advertisements through our phones, televisions and computers, there will be more visual learners in the upcoming younger generation. Thanks to this overload of information at the tips of our fingers attention spans of children have gotten shorter by at least. At a glance this might seem like a bad thing, but this tweaks the wiring in their brain so that the younger generation can pick up information faster through visual stimuli. With more and more children becoming fast paced visual learners eventually we will move away from reading long texts to a much more quicker, efficient way to teach.

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Jasir Massey-Campbell's Capstone

For my capstone, I decided to create a video game database. Unlike a game review website that only focuses on the content analysis of video games, my vision was to create a website that works similarly to that of a library database plus more. I created a sample website that would highlight multiple aspects of the gaming field. It is a website that moderators will use to publish multiple sources of information for all of the top video game youtubers and authors for important companies such as IGN (International Gaming Network) as well as allowing amateur gamers to publish their own reviews for gamers who find those type of reviews more reliable. The goal of my capstone was to make the first, as far as I know of, to not just be one gaming website, but a bunch of gaming websites in one. To do this, I had to gather a bunch of links and connect them to my website. This is extremely time consuming as the purpose was not to just get information from a few websites but from a wide range to create a wide perspective. Not only that but I had to design it. If this was to get funded, it would be the first of its kind whereas no other website features reviews from multiple sources including amateurs gamers. 

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Alhaji Koita “Capstone”: SLA’S Periodic Table

The capstone is one of the most influential & creative projects that Science Leadership produces. Each year students progress their talents to a bigger stage than just your everyday keynote presentation. This yearly long project takes blood, sweat, and tears to conquer. When Seniors begin this project they comprise their learnings from the last 3 years to come up with an appealing piece of work. An ideal capstone for students usually follows their passions. My passion is collecting and informing information. Some might call this journalism, I’d agree with statement 10 times of 10. Relaying information to people is something that I plan to study in college. My original idea for a capstone was to create an online podcast site for SLA students. Their I would’ve received ideas from SLA students on topics and themes that would be addressed in my podcast. After thinking over the elements of my project I decided that it wouldn’t suffice for an imprint on the SLA community. I wanted my presence to be ever lasting. So the idea hit me an art piece that would faithfully attached to the SLA community. I joined forces with another SLA senior, Kenyatta Bundy Jr, we came together to amass this masterpiece. When I complied the idea to Kenyatta he was electric. Like stated before relaying information is my passion, so the idea to me is simply beautiful. The original idea was to create a massive periodic table. Instead of relaying the elements, we wanted to relay students and teachers feelings of the education institution known as SLA. That being relayed in one word that describes SLA in one word. This would be placed in each 12 by 12 inch block. In addition to that students & teachers age would also be specified. To complete the tiles, the students graduating year would be placed in the top right corner. I have to say that this project has been one of the most difficult to complete. It has matured me as an individual. While management of time is one of the most important things I can take from this, it was a blast creating this piece of art. 

While Kenyatta and I worked diligently on this project there is of course special thanks in order for our Capstone Mentor. An SLA english teacher for 9th and 12th graders, whose help was extremely appreciated. Guiding us through the process is something that I know both of us will not forget. This project of course would not be possible without the SLA community help as well. Without them relaying their information to us, this project would have failed miserably. I am eternally grateful to attend a school with students willing to help each other out, no matter the stress or difficulty it may bring.

Here is the link to my Bibliography, along with photos of the table.

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Warda Abuali Capstone


Hello. My name is Warda and I'm a senior at Science Leadership Academy. For my capstone I decided to host a blood drive. I’ve always wanted to try and do the best I could for my community so I thought that I would do this so that people in our community would be able to save lives. I wanted to help save lives, but I also wanted people to save lives too so that we were all helping out together. 

When I decided to do this I thought I wasn’t going to pull it off. For one, I had to keep setting up meetings with the people at the Red Cross and they were telling me how I had to do everything. It was really scary at first. Then I had to start getting people in our school to sign up and that was tough for me. Majority of the students were scared of needles, or doctors or even blood so I had to find to sign up least 60 people to actually get the Red Cross people to come to our school. However, I did end up signing up those people. 

Once, the day was here I was so scared that all my donors were going to forget about it. But I stuck to my plan and when I started the blood drive every single donor pulled through and people who I didn’t even sign up decided that they wanted to donate blood. On February 5, 2015 I donated 38 pints of blood to the Red Cross. Lastly, for my capstone I am going to teach you how to run a successful blood drive. 

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Khadijah Fofana Capstone

Earlier in the year, I walked into a middle school called Tilden Middle School. But prior to that I was looking to start an all girls program but could not find anywhere to start. I called one of my old teachers from Tilden and told her to please set up a talking session for me, basically to promote what I was intending to do. After getting her to do so, I was able to talk to about thirty five girls, and about twenty of the girls give me their names and phone numbers. Due to not having no where to meet, we started meeting every Saturday in my living room. At the first meeting I told the girls if they wasn’t too interested then they should not waste my time. After the third meeting I was left with about seven girls. Towards the end of the program, which was two Saturdays ago I was left with only four girls. We went to poetry slams, Skating, Parks and other plans didn’t fall through. I was able to take some of the girls to PYPM workshops. I have never felt so good about something. The text messages they would send me after each time we did something was heart warming. I want to be a teacher in the future and my intentions were to get close to young teens, mostly girls so that I can help them change the world's perspective on women. I learned that building a sisterhood takes a lot but with dedications and motivation anything is possible.

Nixon, By Robin. "Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain."LiveScience. TechMediaNetwork, 08 July 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2012

I read about how one can interact with teens, and how young teens mind works. because as a mentor, you have to be able to understand what triggers emotions in your mentees This website does a really good job at explaining why teens do a certain things. The website talks about how an adult can be careful so that their mentees don’t think something else besides the truth about their relationship. There is also science involved in this in a sense, and the website helps me under how I as a mentor can deal with a lot of the things kid go through.

"Start Nonprofit." Sisters Of Hope. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2011

This website help me find out how to start a program. how to get connections and how to also get people to take you seriously. It teach you how to talk to sponsor and how to make your organization a non profit. With this sources there were picture showing me how to also take picture so that they can reflect a lot without words. Some advices I got from the website was alway be professional when it comes to trying to get notice or when it come to young adults taking you seriously

Soroptimist International Of The Americas • 1709 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa 19103-61. Designing a Club Mentoring Program for Girls (n.d.): n. pag. Web.

This website was a worldwide perspective on how women in general needs to be mentored.  it talks a number of different programs, such as Soroptimists which strive to improve the lives of women and girls in our community today communities and throughout the world. Basically what the site said  is the Soroptimists use their time, talents and financial resources to enrich their communities and improve the lives of women and girls.  I though know that a mentoring program for girls is a way of achieving  goals interesting because it helped realize my whole purpose of doing this This website was useful because it had a kit that helps with everything I needed to know about mentoring.

"Benefits of Mentoring." Benefits of Mentoring. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This website talks about the benefits of mentoring and it also explain very well what it metor mean. The website is basically saying that  a mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a young person. and that Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths. it also say that mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. I think is was interesting to see them say “A mentor's main purpose is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each child will vary, the mentor's job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor's and the young person's needs.” I think that helps me understand my goals.

"Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies." :Book Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 10Jan. 2011.

Using this book, I found simple ways to mentor my “clients”. Of Course they are important to me, and I want them to feel special. I don’t want to just have them sit down and talk, I want them to feel free to talk about anything, and guide them to the right path. If you don't know what to say, why say anything at all? This book will help me to think about what I should say in certain circumstances, and they give me ideas on how i should go about, in certain ways.

"Definition of Mentoring - Benefits of Mentoring." Definition of Mentoring - Benefits of Mentoring. N.p., n.d. Web.15 feb. 2010.

This website allows me to actually know what the word “mentoring means’. yes, i am familiar with the term because it relates back to guidance. However, the true meaning of mentoring will allow me to actually show the students I am mentoring what it will mean to them. Actually getting to know something and someone is more than just a  job titile, its feeling that passion and connection between the mentor and the student. It allows them to actually feel wanted and special, and feel like they have a special someone who actually wants to lead them somewhere. They have role models...not “mentors”.

Edmonds, Molly. HowStuffWorks., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

Teens will always have problems, they will alway think that people are coming at them, or attacking them. So I have learn that always keep in mind what you say to youth. Also watch tones when speaking, there’s a difference between making them understand that you care vs making them feel attack. Science shows that many teens are usually not very stable in the mind, so when you don’t remind them of something they tend to just let rocks fall on them without moving. This website was very useful and had very good information about the nature of teens.

"The Mentor Experience: Open Your Heart and Home." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This is an excellent way to show how i really want to mentor people. i want to have a lasting experience, not something people dread coming to. I want them to be excited that they are coming to me for the meetings and that they can actually lookup to me. The whole reason for me to mentor or guide someone to the right path, is because i’ve had plenty of mentors when people who are supposed to be there for me, weren’t. I want people to know that they will always have someone, even if it does look like no one. Leaving  a mark in someone's heart is very deep, whether it was negative  or positive, and i want to leave a lasting impression on someone.

Mentoring Kids Pays off." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

“I can’t begin to count the number of times in my life I’ve had to get up in front of a group of people in a board room and present information. But standing up in front of a group of students in a classroom is totally different. Especially when you know those young people need you and are listening intently to every word you are saying.“this is a wonderful example of how people feel when they need mental support. People need mentoring for numerous reasons, and they are all diverse. From big to small, everyone needs encourage, and I am willing to offer my best, and offer my helping hand to them.

"Rebuilding A Broken Generation." Teens Of America -. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This is just a website about teens in America in general. There are a lot of other people trying to build the teens in America back up and I think this website does a really good job at point out the problems and how we can fix them. I have learn from this website that everything is not going to be possible, but that it will take patient and time. I am willing to put the time and effort. The website states that kids need to know that you have the time for them and you have the time to care.

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Raekwon Smith Capstone

The inspiration behind this Capstone began when I was in my Junior year. I was in Mr. Miles’ class and he said, “I wish someone would so video game reviews for their capstone, like play the games and extensively review them in the end.” When I heard him say this I knew I was the perfect person to do this. I was able to mix video games with school and it actually made school fun for once. It was difficult for me at first because I couldn’t decide which games I wanted to play because there are just so many I have an opinion about. Finally, I chose to play new games and let people know if they are worth playing and buying or not. I had more difficulties when I decided that I wanted to play all Xbox One games because the system was my father’s and he moves in from room to room and on occasion takes in out of town with him. This means I had to find time to play the games while I balanced schoolwork, baseball, and people always being around the Xbox. Eventually, I found the time to do this and was able to complete the games to my best capability and write the best reviews possible.

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"Resident Evil Review - IGN." IGN. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

When I first looked at this resource, I already knew that it would be quite helpful. It touches on a genre of video games that I will be reviewing which is Shooters, Role Playing Games also known as RPG’s, Action and Adventure. It show’s me how to format a review and what things I should include. I also know which things would probably be pointless to include. IGN is a well known website and they are one of the official gaming sites. I know they would be a good source and a good model for how a review should look.

"NBA 2K15 Review - IGN." IGN. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

When I first looked at this resource, I already knew that it would be quite helpful. It touches on a genre of video games that I will be reviewing which is Sports and Role Playing Games It gives me a good idea on how to format a review and what things I should include. I also know which things would probably be pointless to include. IGN is a well known website and they are one of the official gaming sites. I know they would be a good source and a good model for how a review should look.

Interview with True Black

Video Games." Personal interview. 15 Apr. 2015.

Interviewing True gave me the perspective of the causal gamer. He is someone who loves to play video games but isn’t a hardcore gamer. He provided me with a solid conversation that lasted for more than 20+ minutes. This interview will help show the diversity in the gaming community

"WWE 2K15 Review - IGN." IGN. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

I knew that this review would be quite helpful. It touches on a genre of video games that I will be reviewing which is Sports and Role Playing Games It gives me a good idea on how to format a review and what things I should include. I also know which things would probably be pointless to include. IGN is a well known website and they are one of the official gaming sites. I know they would be a good source and a good model for how a review should look.

"Twitch." Twitch. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

Twitch tv shows me examples on how to conduct a live stream video. Twitch allows to you to live stream a video and people can watch you and it tells you how many people are currently viewing you and allows them to comment during the stream. Twitch is a partner with both the Xbox One and The Playstation 4 which are owned by Microsoft and Sony respectively and this would allow me to live stream my gaming as I play so being able to live stream is pretty easy and gives me options on how I want to present my content.

"Middle Earth: Shadow Or Mordor Review - IGN." IGN. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

When I first looked at this resource, I already knew that it would be quite helpful. It touches on a genre of video games that I will be reviewing which is Sports and Role Playing Games It gives me a good idea on how to format a review and what things I should include. I also know which things would probably be pointless to include. IGN is a well known website and they are one of the official gaming sites. I know they would be a good source and a good model for how a review should look.

Game Informer Magazine

Miller, Frederic P., Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster. Game Informer. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Alphascript, 2011. Print.

When I first looked at this resource, I already knew that it would be quite helpful. It touches on a every genre of video games that I will be reviewing which is Sports, Role Playing Games, action adventure,  It gives me a good idea on how to format a review and what things I should include. I also know which things would probably be pointless to include. Game Informer is a well known video game magazine and they are one of the official gaming magazines. I know they would be a good source and a good model for how a review should look.

Interview with Penelope Deoliveira

Video Games." Personal interview. 15 Apr. 2015.

Interviewing Penelope gave me the perspective of the more hardcore gamer. She is someone who loves to play video games and wants to create video games for a living. She has already created her own video game and I was able to play and review her work. This interview will help show the diversity in the gaming community as she is deemed as a “female gamer”

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Sophia DeOliveira's Capstone

Doing this project taught me so many things. For my capstone, Jamira and I did a fashion line to express what we really like on our clothing. Growing up in different neighborhoods, but the same generation, our pieces came out basically the same. Each piece we designed had a part of each other's thought and suggestions written on it someway. We thought of a way to gain attention and attract certain people's eye's in some type of creative way. We found that people often turn to clothes when stressed- or if they just simply want to pamper themselves. Whatever the case, we saw that people would actually like our stuff, and we could sell it (giving the money to some type of beneficial fundraiser).

The whole process over all was such an enjoyment. The actual printing of our first shirt was documented on snap chat, and we couldn't be more excited. We saw that "Ajeji" was going to be big. We made designs on Photoshop (so a big shout out to them), and we just couldn't wait to post our clothes on the website that are available for purchase. This capstone that team work really does make the dream work. Without Jamira focusing on the business aspect of the whole thing, i would have been to busy to even make the clothes. Jamira is extremely persuasive, and I'm good with my imagination. so together we created a really nice project and clothing line. We sold the products to different people, and the fashion show was an over all success. 


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Antoinette Hiller Capstone

When it comes to the SLA community, I think that it’s pretty clear how passionate their players can get when it comes to showing their love for a sport. For one ultimate player, Imani Holness, this movie/ documentary is meant to step into her life and show the viewers what life as a frisbee player is all about. This film is meant to show that women can have just as much love for a sport as a man. We wanted to touch the audience in a sense of giving back and to remind those that passion, dedication and hard work knows no gender or other human characteristics, if you give enough of yourself to something that you care about, it will show. On another note, Imani also wanted to give back to the sport that she loves by showing how she got into ultimate frisbee the way that she did. For every building, there’s always a ground that it’s placed on first. In the movie , she shows and talks about how she grew into the of the most powerful frisbee players in the field. As well as the magazines and photo shots she’s been featured in. This film is perfect for the people that don’t fully understand the ultimate life. We are convinced that, if used the right way, can change people’s views about the whole frisbee sport forever. We are convinced that viewers can be inspired and show that they can be more than they are by giving themselves that little push they need.
Since there is just a couple more footage that we want to get, we created a trailer to show just the slight preview of what is come in the movie. We do have intentions to record the final last touches at states. Here is the link:

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Julien Sykes Capstone

America is supposed to be land of the free and the home of the brave.  This is supposed to be a place where everyone is treated equally and fairly but yet we still have a mindset that dates back to the 1800's.  Recently, there have been a lot racial tension and friction because of the case of Michael Brown.  His killer, Officer Darren Wilson, was not tried for his crime and still continues to live as a free man.  That decision brought so much devastation and hopelessness to some of my peers that I felt obligated to do something about it.  This extremely unfortunate incident sparked inspiration for my Capstone.  I felt that topic in the media is often overlooked and I wanted to shed some light on it but I also wanted to be creative with my Capstone.  I didn't want it to be a generic piece of work that I did not care about at all so I gathered some artists around the school who made submissions and gave explanations on why they support the cause and what their piece represents/symbolizes.  The platform I decided to use was a website because the site can live forever on the Internet and would not be so easily forgotten.  If we want to change to happen, we have be a constant presence in the face of our attackers.  

​"5 Website Design Tips to Make Your Site More Attractive -" WebDesignOutsourcenet. N.p., 31 Jan. 2010. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

This website gave me the insight I needed to make an attractive website.  I want my website to be something that we easy on the eyes and can still keep the interest of the reader.

"Tips to Make Your Website More Visually Appealing." Metroland Digital Solutions. N.p., 03 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

I needed to find multiple sources on the same topics to see which ones were the most mentioned.  Since some tips were very repetitive, I feel that they were the most important to address and follow through with.

"Make Your Website Famous." Entrepreneur. N.p., 16 Aug. 2007. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

Another thing every website needs is notoriety.  For my Capstone to make an impact on society, I had to learn how to make it a topic on everyday conversations amongst people.  Therefore, I needed to gain insight as to how to approach it.

"4 Creative Ways to Attract More Visitors to Your Website." 99U. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

To keep my website from being boring or generic, I used this article to find more extraordinary ways to present my website’s presence to other people.  I also felt that with a creative way to reach people, my site was bound to be remembered by them.

Bergman, Sirena. "Top Tips for Designing a Business Website." The Guardian. N.p., 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

This another source on how to build an effective site.  It contains tips on how to build a site for a business but I still think they can apply for my site/blog.

"The Complete Guide to Building Your Audience." Quicksprout. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

Since I want to attract a diverse group of readers to my website, I needed to learn how to attract an audience.  This source really helps me understand how to readers will think and react to the different aspects of the sites they visit.

Smith, Jacquelyn. "14 Ways To Make Your Blog Get Real Attention." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

This is another source for achieving notoriety for your site.  I feel that multiple sources can it easier to determine which pieces of advice are the most important.

Gunelius, Susan. "15 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

When I found this source, I thought that it would help my notoriety in an upward direction as the rest of them would.

"How to Identify Your Blog's Target Audience." One Cool Site. N.p., 01 Sept. 2013. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

This article is different in terms of content.  This site gives the signs and giveaways of what audience your site attracts and how to change that if necessary.

Sabourin, Tori. "How to Build An Audience for Your New Blog." SHIFT Communications PR Agency Boston New York San Francisco Austin RSS. N.p., 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

This source gave me the information I needed to build an audience.  It suggests reaching all parts of the demographic with universal, objective content.

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True Black Capstone

​For My Capstone, I wanted to study something that was rather close to me but maybe misunderstood by others. So I decided to do a documentary on student athletes. Being a student athlete has always been something I have held close to me, so I figured that getting the perspective of my fellow peers and teammates. Professional filmmaking is rather new to me, but I was inspired after recent successes in making a professional documentary to try my hand at it once again for my Capstone. While doing this project, I learned how similar athletes across all sports seem to feel and view the sport they play and the responsibilities that follow.

"Marcus LoVett Has The MOST Handle In High School! OFFICIAL Hoopmixtape Vol. 1." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web.

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Alexa Eddy Capstone

Often in my city, especially around my old house in North Philly, all I see is ugly. Trash is thrown everywhere, creeping weeds gnarled and thrusting themselves out of the concrete, and there is no sign of life. It made me sad to see only grey colors and brown colors and sometimes weird bright colors if the houses were painted differently. But lots of times I would see a sea of sadness and a lot of bored people with lost hope and nothing to do. People in urban areas do not get as much opportunities (and lots of them don’t have the means) to access land to help them self sustain themselves when it comes to produce and lots of times people don’t even know where to start. That is why I made my website. For all beginners who would like to bring a little more life and growth into their lives. A little more green and a little less grey. I feel like there could be so many benefits to growing plants, to start off, my website is featuring growing herbs and vegetables. Growing things like that ,especially if they’re perennials (plants that produce things every year) can benefit in so many ways. It’s not expensive, people can learn to be self reliant, and the education they will receive by growing their own plants is a reward all on its own. I even asked Dunda to use it as a source for her class. I’m very proud of my benchmark and the work I put in to it and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

My Project:


  1. Katie. "10 Great Uses for Basil Leaf Herb." Wellness Mama. Katie-Wellness Mama, 14 July 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

I chose this website as one of my sources because of it’s information not only on the usual uses for basil but the medicinal uses as well. Basil was the first herb on my list. Wellness Mama is also a normal mother with kids, this is a blog. And she helps relate to the common people which is what I am trying to do with my site as well. I found a couple of ways basil can be helpful which some even surprised me as well. This is important because I want people to see all the uses for basil. I’m not a doctor but I do believe that plants do help with aiding wounds or sicknesses.

2) "A-Z Herb List." A-Z Herb List. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

I chose this website to help me make the layout of my herbs from A to Z. I needed to format my herbs in order so that it would look better and that I can sort and organize my directions and recipes accordingly. A lot of my herbs will probably be organized according to this website and how I manage it will probably be according to this website. I just want as many names in alphabetical order as I can possibly get. I’m hoping to get other information out of this as well as a list of produce that people can grow at home.

3) "How to Grow Basil." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

Even though I do like plants, I won’t say I know everything about them. I know how to grow Basil but I’m not entirely sure on how to go about picking the leaves or harvesting them and this website helps a lot. Wiki how is a website where people post tutorials about how to do different things. Ranging from nails to how to commit suicide which is not okay but I guess it helps anyone who needs it. Wiki how has actually helps me through a lot of situations in my life and I felt like this tutorial was easy and simplified to the fullest and that’s why I used this source.

4) "Basil." Gourmet Garden. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

I got this for the image. Gourmet Garden is a website that focuses on show casing their herbs a lot. They also have different recipes for their different herbs and they also have a store to showcase their products. They are famous for having their ready to use herbs which is herbs that you want ground up in a tube with some liquid to keep it fresh I supposed. They have ranges of herbs like chives, cilantro, basil, and more and can be found in stores like Wal-Mart, they also have a portfolio for different herbs which is pretty cool.

5) "Basil Pesto Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network." Basil Pesto Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

I used this website to extract this recipe. Pesto is delicious and is one of the typical dishes that someone would use when it comes to basil. The FoodNetwork Channel is a channel that has transformed from helping people to cook, to a lot of competitions. There is nothing wrong with this but it does take the quality out of the channel. Thank God for the website. They also have magazines and different books published from them. They also have a range of chefs with different t.v shows, one of the famous t.v shows is called diners, drive-ins, and dives where Guy Fieri goes around and finds the best restaurants state to state.

6) Schrock, Denny. "Easy-to-Grow Herbs." Better Homes & Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

I used this link to help me find herbs that are easy to grow. The reason why I need herbs that are easy to grow is because the people that I am basing my audience on, even though I’m broadcasting it to everyone, I want to make sure that people who are just beginning have an easier time and a positive experience. It’s good to have easier subjects for people who want to start out. And in my opinion, herbs are the easiest thing to grow. You prune them to prolong “seeding” and then you keep pruning them as you need them and they grow fast. Good for anyone who wants a cute garden, or fresh herbs to cook with.

7) Rhoades, Heather. "How To Plant Chives – Growing Chives In Your Garden."Gardening Know How. N.p., 20 Aug. 2008. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

I chose this site for directions and for the picture. I grow chives myself and I can personally say that it was an easy and positive experience. I chose to include chives because they are easy to grow, sprouting in a week and not only are they easy, you can cut them as they grow. They replenish fast so it can save the grower money and a little seed produces a lot of plant. I also chose to include them in my project because they are flavorful and there are a lot of home-cooks who are interested in keeping a garden.

8) "Smoky Salmon Chive Spread Recipe |" N.p., Nov. 2009. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

I chose this site because for every type of herb, vegetable, fruit, or even flower, I need a recipe for it. And I found this chive salmon dip and thought that it would be appropriate and cheap for the home cook/home grower to make. The herb would cost nothing if you grow it yourself, and the salmon is canned as well. Not only does it not cost a lot to make, the recipe actually gives you more servings than indicated so you actually get more for your buck than you think. This is why I chose this source, it was delicious and helpful.

9) "Dill Seeds Zesty Seasoning." Dill Seeds For Sale. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

I chose this website for the picture alone, not only foes it give me a picture for the seeds but it gives me some information as well. The edonbrothers sell seeds and plants in bulk and is good for anyone who wants to buy things in bulk. I will be mentioning this in interesting finds on my website. They sell flower seeds, wild flower seed mixes, vegetable seeds, herb seeds, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, and flower bulbs.I want to include this in my interesting finds for people who do not want to necessarily start everything form pure seed themselves.

10) "Diapers Help Your Plants Grow!" YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This is probably my favorite source out of them all. This is called “Diapers Help Your Plants Grow” and it was uploaded by a youtuber who finds random projects to work on. In this certain situation, he uses a (new) diaper to help plants grow. He fills it up with water and then the takes out the stuffing and mixes it with the dirt. It makes potting soil light and fluffy and the reason for that is the cotton wadding gets wet and mixes up with crystals that can hold 500 times their weight in water. The reason why I decided to include this in interesting fines is because it’s environmentally friendly and produces good results in a weird way.

11) "How To Use Fresh Herbs." N.p., n.d. Web.

I wanted to use this source because I know that a lot of people want to grow herbs so that they have fresh herbs available in the kitchen. And they are great in containers as well! I know that herbs are the easiest to grow and a lot of people can have them ready and available, and they’re good for beginners!

12) "A Sampler of 12 Common Garden Herbs." Sunset. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

I chose this site because it had a simple list of herbs that I can follow. Before I put any serious information in I really need to organize my website. I’m gathering about 10 parts for each categories in my website so I need about 10 herbs to start out with.

The first 12 sources were my initial sources to begin the website. The following sources are going to be for my herbs:

13) "Bonnie Plants - Garden Plants for Your Vegetable Garden or Herb Garden." Bonnie Plants. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I chose Bonnie Plants for a source because this website actually had a lot on the information for all the herbs I was going to feature on my website. Bonnie Plants is a national plant wholesaler. They sell plants and they also sell biodegradable pots. They have 70 green house locations around the country. They are dedicated to green gardening and sell products that are safe for the environment.

14) "Gardening Know How - Happy Gardening! Ask a Gardening Question, Get a Gardening Answer." Gardening Know How - Happy Gardening! Ask a Gardening Question, Get a Gardening Answer. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I chose gardening know how because I needed certain information on how to grow a couple of herbs and this is actually a very good source. This site is a great site for someone who is looking for straight to the point answers. It’s creator, Heather Rhoades noticed that there were not many friendly and easy to understand sites about gardening and at first there was not much activity but soon people came flocking with questions and many more articles were made.

15) "A Round Rock Garden." A Round Rock Garden. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I used this site for the purposes of learning how to harvest, in this case it was sage. This is a blog. The owner of this blog has a garden out in Austin, Texas and this was their first attempt at documenting organic gardening in an urban setting. They made their website to show self-reliance because now and days people tend to rely on the technology of modern agriculture. They are going back to the olden times of self reliance but are putting new twists on them. Check out their “About us” it’s pretty cool.

16) "Our Herb Garden." Our Herb Garden. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I specifically used this website to learn how to grow and harvest thyme along with other herbs. This site got started initially with a culinary journey while the owners were also trying to grow an herb garden. Basically their about is how they chose to grow their garden to correlate with their culinary adventures.

17)"Learn How To Grow Your Own Herb Garden Indoors or Out!" Herb Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I used this site to help me learn how to grow mint. This is a credible source because it has three sections whic are growing herbs in containers, growing herbs indoors, and growing herbs with hydroponics.

The next five sources are for my vegetables:

18)"Home - Harvest to Table." Harvest to Table RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

Harvest to table is a website created for both the beginner and the veteran gardener. It was made to find easy solutions for a bunch of gardening problems and the site is very pretty. And clean cut so learning how to grow snow peas wasn’t that hard. The owner of this site is a man named Steve Albert. He’s very good to his crops and his goal is to make them better and better each year and tries not to use a lot of fossil based fertilizers.

19)"Off The Grid News Better Ideas For Off The Grid Living." Off The Grid News. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I chose offthegridnews as a source because they had an article teaching me about perennial onions which I didn’t even know existed. I thought they were all annuals. There isn’t too much in their about but I know living off the grid is like going completely natural and is actually a life style that I am willing to integrate part of it into my life. They have news, tips, tricks, and tutorials about living onthe land and living off the grid. I think perennials are good for living off the grid because they make new produce every year.

20)"WHFoods Site Search." WHFoods Site Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

Okay so I used this site for all my veggies. This site is fantastic for finding nutritional value, uses for the vegetable, and it even gives a bunch of history for each vegetable that I chose to include in my website. WHF stands for the “World’s Healthiest Foods” and they even have their own book. It is one of the most visited websites for health information so it’s a great source to use. It is non-profit and owned by the George Mateljan foundation.

21)"Vegetable Garden - Plan Grow Harvest." Vegetable Garden - Plan Grow Harvest. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I used this website to help me learn how to grow carrots. There is no about page but basically it is this elderly man who grows everything and makes his own compost as well. He has kids, well, his own children that help him work on his garden. This is a credible source because I can see his results and I can see what he is working in. I can see everything he is doing so I can trust it.

22) "Menu." The SelfSufficient Living. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

I chose this site just for some references. This site is about living simple and relying on your own home grown produce to get you through life. It’s about growing your own food, raising your own livestock, and avoiding “professional help” as much as possible. It’s about taking the natural things in life and appreciating it.

This is my bibliography with all my sources, it's not annotated (I annotated the most important ones):

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Amy Chen Capstone


As a child growing up, I thought losing friends to guns was the norm because it happens very often. However, after attending my first Gun Violence Prevention summit in Washington, D.C, I realize that there are people who have faced similar situation as me and it motivated me to used my skills in advocacy into bringing awareness on gun violence in Philadelphia and pushing for better laws across the country.

The goal of this capstone is to give people the feeling that I had when I attend #Fight4AFuture summit in Washington D.C. I want to motivate youth and leaders to make a change by organizing and bring awareness through education. During the time this event was plan, the primary election was ongoing and I thought it was a great idea to educate voters on where all the mayoral candidates stands on violence in Philadelphia.


Canada, G. (1995). Fist, stick, knife, gun: A personal history of violence in America. Boston: Beacon Press

This book is a very useful book for my capstone because it gives me a insight peek on a person named Canada, where violence is used. They promote violence because it is part of the culture that they are raised in. He spoke about how parents encourage their child to solve issue through violence and threats, often time through fight. Canada spoke about how the younger generation are affected by violence. The younger generation started carrying weapon to school, which started a trend where small crimes become big crime. With this book, I have an idea on violence in other place. But also the reason behind it. 

Webster, D. (2013). Reducing gun violence in America: Informing policy with evidence and analysis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Reducing gun violence in America is a great book that also give me knowledge and statistics on gun violence. The main focus of the book is learning ways to reduce gun violence in America which is establishing better laws such as; the universal background check. The universal background check help make sure that whom ever is purchasing a gun have no criminal record or mental illness. The book included an analysis of the constitutionality of many recommended policies and date form the national public opinion poll that reflects support among the majority of Americans-including gun owners- for stronger gun policies. 

Giffords, G., & Kelly, M. (n.d.). Enough: Our fight to keep America safe from gun violence.

This is a story of a heartbreaking couple who wife was shot in the head and magically survived. The book is very inspiring on how dedicated Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership. With the shooting, congresswoman Gabrielle is more eager to bring better laws into the country. The journey and the obstacle that she face to try to bring laws to protect the Americans from guns. At the end of the book. I am more knowledgable on what to bring to the summit and the obstacle that we will face one day. 

Gilbert, E. (2014). Thunder in the Mountains: A Personal Journey Through America's Gun Culture

Author Craig K. Collins wrote a book about his personal life on the role of guns in American Culture. He explores the meaning of a history – of his family’s and his country’s – that is infused with the culture of the gun. The story begins on a hunting trip Collins took with his father and brothers in the early ‘70s, when he was accidentally shot with a high-powered deer rifle at the age of 13 near the top of an isolated peak in Northeastern Nevada. He tells a personal story of a childhood in Idaho and Nevada, where hunting is a way of life and guns are revered – often with fatal and unintended results. He recalls friends – past and present – whose lives have been forever shattered or altered by the explosive force of a bullet. This book is a great use to my summit because it talk about the danger of guns. 

Gun Violence. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This website provided me the recent update on the actions that organization in Philadelphia are taking to address gun issues. Not only does it provided me these information, but also incident that happened in Philadelphia. This article will help me to keep these young people in the summit updated on the crime rate that is happening in Philadelphia. This is a great source for me to look at daily for any update compared to books. 

#Fight4The33. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

An average of 33 American get murdered by guns everyday and fight4the33 is a campaign that is run through generation progress. #Fight4the33 is a campaign that bring awareness to people to start taking action to address this issue. I am going to promote this campaign at the summit and I hope that people will be more educated with #fight4the33 campaign. Since my other mentor work with me through Generation Progress, I think it will be very useful in the long term run. Which mean recruiting people to organization and as a regional organizer, I can create a bridge of connection. 

Join the Effort to #ProtectAllWomen. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

#Protectallwomen is a campaign that protect women from their partner on domestic violence. I am going to promote this campaign at the summit and I hope that people will be more educated with #ProtectallWomen campaign. I also hope to get women involved with this campaign in Philadelphia because a lot of women are being violated by their partner. Since my other mentor work with me through Generation Progress, I think it will be very useful in the long term run. Which mean recruiting people to organization and as a regional organizer, I can create a bridge of connection. 

The Gun Violence Prevention Report. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This will be use in my summit by letting people know how successful we have come and to encourage other that this is possible. This source provided wonderful information and fact on what states have establish a stronger law to protect guns. It also keep people updated on the NRA action which is beneficially to the people who are planning actions. This can help strengthen my summit by actually having information and facts. 

Five Policies Millennials Want President Obama To Discuss During The State Of The Union. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

As a regional organizer through generation progress, I have the source to help other on recent update through generation progress network. This will benefit my project because it is very important that when young people enter the summit they have the source and the need to make the action happened in the future. That’s why the source through generation progress is very useful in future need. Due to the large role that generation progress play in the society and in the white house, Generation Progress can help me make my summit more successful. This is a source about president Obama state of union statement on putting stronger laws to protect people form guns. 

USA Gun Violence Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from

This is a good source because it provided all the information and statistic on gun violence in the United States of America. This organization have chapter all over the State, such like Philadelphia, PA. In the summit, I want to introduced people to this organization because it is a wonder organization that people can connect with and create a bridge of communication and working relationship. Overall, it is always great to have a source on just statistic in the United States of America. 

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Nikki Adeli, Capstone

When I gave my TEDxTalk in March of my Junior year, I wanted to provide my perspective, as a student, of the problem with education in Philadelphia today. However, when writing my talk I wanted it to be different than other TED talks I had previously seen. I wanted it to have a call to action. My call to action was to have Philadelphia invest more in youth internships and work opportunities so that students were able to expand their interests outside the classroom that wasn’t providing much support for them. 
Therefore, for my Capstone, I began to create the foundation of a project I was longing to do for quite sometime. The creation of what I call “Skillships”. I wanted students, who didn’t have access to internships and shadowing positions, like I did at SLA, to actually have the opportunity to do so because I saw the positive effect it had on my peers and me. However, I called these opportunities Skillships because prior to a student beginning their Skillship, they are to take a diagnostic survey I created. The survey would then show me what their strengths, weaknesses, and interests were. From there, the student would be able to see and help me understand a specific skill they wanted to perfect. Whether it was social media management or mechanics, I wanted to be able to set these students up with the opportunities to grow a skill of their choosing while giving back to Philadelphia by working with small businesses.

 I received a lot of No’s when it came to building the foundation of Skillships. Whether it was regarding a student’s “expertise” or the “lack of incentive I could provide the business”. However, if there is anything I have learned during my 4 years at SLA is that expanding a project or growing as a student takes lots of patience and time.

 This is why I will continue working on Skillships through the summer of 2015 with Mayor’s Office of Education and the Jobs & Economics Committee with the Philadelphia Youth Commission to provide every interested student, within the district, with a Skillship of their interest. 

Diagnostic Quiz taken by participants:
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Leah Petty Capstone

For my capstone I went back to the middle school I attend, Middle Years Alternative (MYA), and taught their three seventh grade classes about the high school process. I wanted to do this project because I saw a real struggle in the school, I started to notice less kids from MYA getting into SLA. Then I learned that after the district started closing schools MYA was forced to take in those students, soon after this their principal retired along with many teachers. Also my younger sister is a current seventh grader at the school, and when I asked her what high school is thought she would like to attend when she graduates, she replied "I don't know" and said they really haven't talked about it much. After this I went to the school and talked to the new principal and asked if I could do my senior capstone project at the school, and it would be informing the students about the high school process. This would include getting them to know the different schools in Philadelphia, and letting them know the requirements, talking about college and how important it is to go to a school that best fits them for the future. I started out in March before they took their PSSA's, this would give them time to know how high they should be scoring in order to get into the schools they would like to go to. After the testing was done we started to talk about grade requirements and what their GPA's need to look like, and behavior grading too. I went into talking about clubs and sports teams also, what school are at the top. In the end I asked them how much they benefitted from this, all of them said that it was very helpful and learned something new that would help them choose a high school, and be more prepared.

Here are some pictures of my students and there top high school choices:


"GreatPhillySchools - Home." GreatPhillySchools. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


Great Philly schools is website devoted to rating and reviewing schools in Philadelphia. These schools range from pre-k to High School. When using this website in my capstone I will be focusing on high schools. I would like to have the students I’m teaching research the schools they are thinking about applying to and see if it is a good fit for them. This could be based on the size of the school, location, average test scores,    sport teams, ect. The point of this is to let the students see if this is really is the school they want to. Let them do their own research on the schools they want to go to, and not just hearing about it. 

"The School District of Philadelphia." US News. U.S.News & World Report, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


This source comes from US News, under Education. This specific page is on the Philadelphia School District and has all the Philadelphia high schools and ranking, now many of the schools are not ranked. But one of the main reasons I’m using this page because it says rather or not the schools are nationally recognized. This is something you should take into account when picking a high school, because when it comes down to applying to college you want the college to know your school. I want to get across to the students that the decision of your high school falls right under college, the next big thing after this is start researching colleges to apply to.

"Inside Strawberry Mansion High School, Philadelphia, Pa Most Dangerous H S in America." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


This is a video titled “Inside Strawberry Mansion High School”, in this video World News goes inside Strawberry Mansion High School. The school has been labeled the most dangerous school in America. Diane Sawyer goes into the school and reports on the violence. I want to show the students that is not what you want to go though when you're in school, you don’t want to have to fight just to make it through the day. You want to know that you are in a safe learning environment. A school that is going to provide you things to better you for your future, the main thing they focus on in Strawberry Mansion is safety.   

"Philadelphia's District and Charter High Schools: How Are They Doing?"Public School Notebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


The notebook is Philadelphia news paper that is dedicated to Philadelphia schools. This page talks about the top special admit schools and things you need to know before applying. Things like SAT scores, graduation rate, suspensions, total enrollment, ect. And since I the goal is to the students in the top schools in Philadelphia we want them to know these things before applying, and their parents to know. Especially because it goes into the percentage of low income students they have, because we don’t want a student feeling out of place because of the amount of money their parent have. 

"Counselors Offer Advice on Applying." Public School Notebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


This page is also from the notebook, and this is advice from counselors around the city. Mostly from Elementary and Middle Schools, they talk about what is the best things to do when applying to schools. Also making sure you inform students about a schools before letting them apply, which is mainly my entire project. And it helps parents when you have more than one person saying the same thing. Because I’m still a kid in their eyes so I want to have some professionals to back me up. 

"High School Profiles." School Profiles. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


Once again this is from the Philadelphia Notebook. This is just a browser of all the high schools in the city, public and charter. Which I want to focus on, I don’t what parents or students to think in order to get a good education you have to pay, thats one thing I knew I didn’t want to talk about, private and catholic schools. So I want them the see the schools they have already heard about schools they have never heard of, and everything in between. I really want the parents to go though this too. 

"Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School." Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015


This agin is from the Philadelphia Notebook. This is just about Julia R. Masterman which at this moment in time is the top school in the state. I want them to see this because I want them to know you don’t have to go to this school to be the best. Also talk about how much stress the kids there go though and how hard it is. And touch on how they kick there kids out if they can’t maintain good grades, and how you don’t want that.

"School Selection Timeline." Public School Notebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


This is a time line of how the application process goes when applying to high schools. This is for this year instead of next so will be modifying it. This is mainly for parents to know that to do when next yea comes. This will also be in whatever I choose to do rather it be a booklet or website. But this is very important thing to touch on for the parents so they have a head start next year. 

"Getting a Jump on High School." Public School Notebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


This again from the Notebook, this talks about preparing your student for the transition form middle school to high school. Which can be a big jump for most kids and you don’t want to just throw them into that. So this will help most parents with their child, and what small steps they can take before taking the big leap. So this is mainly for parents. 

"Selecting a High School: Frequently Asked Questions." The Notebook, n.d. Web.


This is just Frequently Asked Questions. These are for questions I might not know, or for parents or students that need more info. I think again that this will be more helpful for parents that don’t fully trust me. I think this will be good to for something to go back to when for next fall.  

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Azaria Burton's Capstone

​Capstone Abstract

My Senior Capstone Project was to learn how to use Processing by attending my computer science engineering class everyday, creating a blog showing what I learned in class and to create a game that was completely separate from my class in order to show what skills I had learned throughout the year. I wanted to learn how to use Processing for my capstone because I realized how important coding is and I wanted to learn a completely new skill this year instead of doing my capstone on a topic that I was already knowledgeable about. I created the blog so that others would have a chance to see what Mr. Miles taught my class, but also so that I could track what I had learned and be able to see how my coding skills progressed over the school year. Lastly, I created a game separate from my class because I wanted to show that I am able to create a code using Processing without having Mr. Miles walk me through it. I also believe that  the combination of my blog and my game will get people more interested in CSE while also being able to see how I’ve evolved over the year.  Although I’ve enjoyed creating my senior Capstone I have had some rough patches. The biggest one being creating my asteroids game because I only have computer science twice a week and there were skills that I hadn’t learned in class that I had to learn by myself in order to complete my game. In all, I enjoyed completing my capstone.

Link to my blog: 

My blog post shows all of the work I've done this year

Link to video showing my Asteroid game:

I also have a picture of my Ping Pong game below and my annotated bibliography is attached. I created the ping pong game as a homework assignment but will also be showing at my Capstone presentation. 

Capstone Annotated Bibliography, Azaria Burton
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Audrey Pham's Senior Capstone: SLA Dear Me Project


The Dear Me Project at Science Leadership Academy is a letter that graduating seniors or teachers, would write to themselves. This letter consists advices, anything they'd say to their younger selves, positive reminders or encouragement. This project is about self-reflecting and being able to let the younger/future students of SLA feel more understood about their life at the moment. At some point in every teenager's years of high school, they will going through internal/external conflicts. This blog publishes letters from the seniors who will be graduating. I was inspired by doing this when 2-3 months ago, I was on Youtube and I saw #DearMe videos by famous Youtube celebrities. This was similar to my capstone but instead their letters to their younger selves were said in video form instead of actual written letter forms. I completely dropped my original plan of my capstone and started this project instead. This connects in our community because I believe that when I graduate, another student of SLA can be in charge of this blog and continue to keep it going. I made a very simple google form and shared links on my social media and I also sent/emailed it to seniors of my grade and a few teachers. May these letters bring you motivation, positive energy, good advice and self-reflection. 



"#DearMe Opening up + Advice to My Younger Self." YouTube. AprilAthena7, n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because this is the first thing that inspired me to do this capstone. I have watched AprilAthena7 because I like her beauty advices and I love watching her vlogs. I stumbled upon this as one of her new videos and I was instantly inspired by the concept of the hashtag Dear Me.

"#DearMe: Don't Be Afraid Of Being Different." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because this is another one very popular videos when you search up #DearMe on Youtube’s search bar. Her video is also very inspiring and I think people leave with something when they finish listening to her advices.

"#DearMe: YouTube's New Campaign Empowers Young Women." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it is an article that sums up what the #DearMe campaign on Youtube is all about. It just generalizes why it is important and the popular Dear Me Videos that people can view to get the feel of this campaign and maybe become inspired by it.

"Naikan: The Importance of Self-reflection." -- The ToDo Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because I was researching why self reflection is important for everyone and I just found this article very interesting and it was one of the top articles that popped up when I searched on Google.

"Advice to My Younger Self." N.p., n.d. Web.

This source helps me because it leads me to other sources about any article on Huffington that relates/tags to advice to my younger self. This helped me a lot because it lead me onto reading many other articles that I can use as resources.

"Famous Women Give Advice to Their Younger Selves, and It's Beautiful."RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it is another article that sums up about the Dear Me campaign.

"#DearMe - What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?" YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it’s a Youtube Spotlight video and it has a bunch of clips from popular #DearMe Videos on youtube.

"YouTube Dear Me Campaign Empowering Girls." YouTube Dear Me Campaign Empowering Girls. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it’s an article about how the Youtube #DearMe campaign’s main audience is young women.

"Seattle Seniors Take Part in 'Dear Me' Campaign - Seattle." Seattle. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it is about how a group of seniors in Seattle recreated this campaign in their community just like how I am doing this at SLA.

"YouTube #DearMe Campaign Reaches Out To Young Women For International Women's Day." Tech Times RSS. N.p., 07 Mar. 2015. Web. 22 May 2015.

This source helps me because it informed me about how Dear Me campaign started off for International Women’s Day.

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Teion Ensley-Ellerbe Capstone

I knew that I wanted it to be reflective since that was one of the main core values from SLA that I thought gets under valued. After speaking with multiple people about I thought that there wouldn’t be a better way to do this then to have those are the pillars of the school reflect on what they have learned about the school and what SLA truly means to them.

This gave me the Idea for two videos to me made. The first video the I wanted to make would be for incoming teachers to SLA since they are the pillars of the community and need to adjust just like everyone else does. In order to do this I needed to see what it was like to be a part of that learning process is which is why I choose to take a full year of classes with Amal Giknis one of the new teachers coming to SLA this year. Through being her student I saw what big changes needed to be made from the traditional teaching style and how they needed to be adapted to the SLA way to thinking and learning.

My second video would be not just freshmen, but people from multiple classes reflecting on their freshman year. Since SLA is such a vastly different experience from going to school anywhere else I thought that having multiple people give a subtle recap of their freshman year with the challenges and struggles they faced and giving advice to the next incoming class would be a wonderful thing for future freshmen. Another way I wanted to do this was by experiencing it with them which is why I insisted on becoming an SAT to a freshman class to watch them struggle and grow into the wonderful student that SLA produces.

While experiencing these things with these different groups Interviewed SLA faces both old and new to get their opinions on their respective topics I learned not only how SLA thinks but about how you need to be able to be open minded to become a part of something much bigger than yourself and the SLA Community as a whole. 

Below I have the Youtube Link of the video intended for teachers.


It's Not Rocket Science Teachers!-

Freshman Interview 1:
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KaBoni Bailey Capstone

The world would go crazy without music, and would become a centerfold of straightjackets. My love for music is unkempt, being as though it's gotten me through a majority of harsh times and has never failed to leave my side. For my Capstone, I decided to give back to music by making it (Also showing the early process's of my production career). Through this process, since November of 2014, I've had a flirtatious relationship with music production, giving it attention on-and-off depending on what it looked like to me that day; resulting in many unfinished (Drafted) projects, and time well spent. Throughout this Generic EP, I wanted to regurgitate what i've been fed in my life, on no set scale. Any artistry passes on the aura of it's owner, and I wish to portray myself as best as possible given the time being. 

Image one: Cover art for EP. Picture taken in CAPA Center City, Main Hall. 
Image two: "Dietary", the third instrumental that KaBoni 'finished' and uploaded to Social Media websites. 
Image three: The first song uploaded to Soundcloud (On March 2nd, 2015) from KaBoni's rapping clique, "The Hollow Martians" 
It Had a Beginning
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Audio recording: 
Audio Recording, Soul, Mentor. 12:27PM/12.22.14 file:///Users/studentaccount13-14/Music/iTunes/iTunes%20Media/Music/Unknown%20Artist/Unknown%20Album/Audio%20Recording%20(Soul).m4a

Mixing and mastering is an essential when It comes to music production. The fine tuning and quality of music is based off of the engeneers (for the most part), mixing and mastering skills. This tool usually takes a good deal of time to spring about proficiently, and knowing that I've taken it upon myself to learn, and at the least, comprehend the main circuits of Mixing and Mastering.
"You only go as far as you know" Taking knowledge and all possible options of realization into consideration, this site was epic in the formation of my perception as time elapsed. We are what we eat, as they say, and that goes for brain food as well, and everything transfixed on altering my timeline, will affect my musics timeline, as it has with every artist before me.
I grew myself up on hip hop. Boom bap to be specific, and knowing/understanding the roots to the music that shaped me and my generation (and the one before us) has a large deal to do with wanting to know myself as a whole. I do not know the whole picture of myself, and that viewpoint is not mine to get, so I accept that, but nothing plays too far from it's roots, no matter the differences.
One of the future (sooner than later) goals is to create a studio in the basement I room in. An in-house studio, a but good quality in-house studio. This musical feed is an escape... a route.... a way out of the past tense and into a better future for my unborn. This website aided me in converting my thoughts to more concreted beliefs, and a better realization of what steps I wanted to take first. 

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Lala Doumbia Capstone

The goal of this project of this project to help the SLA student with laptop insurices. We  all have to pay $75 every year. We wanted to give it to someone so they won’t have to think about how they will get the money to pay it. We made it into a scholarship call scholarship  B . A . S . I . S (Bold and Successful Intelligent Scholars).  To make it funny for the student at SLA we fundraise and made a 2 part spirit week. I had up one week well my partner the 2nd week. This was to help people get into school spirit. This was to also help people be open and no judge anyone.

"Spirit Week Ideas |NoBullying|." NoBullyingBullying Cyber Bullying Resources Advice. N.p., 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 22 May 2015.

"Leadership Empowerment Group, LLC." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

We are working them feel empowerment in group. Most people don’t know how an empowerment look like when it come to real life. This is one of the group that I found. They talk about how they teach the people how to become a leader more. In Science  leadership they teach everyone how they come become a leadership. So I would like to help the people in our group.

"Personal Empowerment." Developing. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk about how people should language and what they should do to have self-empowerment. It show you hints on how you can start with develop trust, understand our strengths, weaknesses and limits, and last develop confidence and self-esteem. This goes with more program because they will help themself feel they can do anything. I would like that for everyone who will be a part of the program.

"The Science." : The Growth Mindset. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk about a growth mindset on how does the teacher, parent, and student. They talk about how the students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success. This goes with more program because they will help themself feel they can do anything. I would like that for everyone who will be a part of the program.

"Start Something for a Child Today - Big Brothers Big Sisters." Start Something for a Child Today - Big Brothers Big Sisters. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This goes with more program because they will help themself feel they can do anything. I would like that for everyone who will be a part of the program.

"Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are." Amy Cuddy:. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. <>

In this source they talk about Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing”  standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident  can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.  This show that we will need to work on body language on the program.

"My Mother's Strange Definition of Empowerment." Khadija Gbla:. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumcising her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.”  This goes with more program because they will help themself feel they can do anything. I would like that for everyone who will be a part of the program.

Bronson, Mary H., and Don Merki. Glencoe Health. New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2005. Print.

In this source they talk about how people can keep their health good. They show who people can keep their mindset good. They wanted everyone to talk care of them self. Most people in our program we are trying to get them to understand that they need to take care of them self to become a better person .

"Depression Center: Symptoms, Causes, Medications, and Therapies."WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk about the symptoms of depression . Most people don’t know the depression is a sickness. Know this I know people in high school that are depress and they don’t know what to do if they have it this will show you how to stop it and work to fix it.

"Teen Depression." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk about teen depression. It show the percentage of student that become depress. This show that people do get depress but school work, or not being able to do the things that other people can do. It also talk about bullying.

"School Bullying." - Bullying Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. <>.

In this source they talk about how people get bullied at school. How people don’t do anything when it happen. in our program we will try to get the mto talk to us. Which we can help them by tell someone who can help them.

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Sieanna Williams' Capstone


Over the course of Senior Year I have completed a collection of 5 short stories and am half-way completed the accompanying adaptive film. The writing process took a series of several months while production took just over a week. As expected, the production was the most challenging part given the limited time. My final product is compiled onto a website: (which will be published as soon as the editing of the film is complete) which include all capstone required documentation, the writing and filming process and my final products (story, film, poem).

I’ve learned several important things over the course of this project: the complications with text-to-screen adaptations, and the frustrations of the production process. Even though it didn’t even compare to what the film industry is truly like, I endured stressful days of editing, conceptualizing and especially dealing with my actors’ scheduling conflicts and trying to direct them in a way that would result in getting the acting out of them that I desired. I learned how to coach my actors, take them out of the context of being who they were. I told my star actor, Marcus, not to react the way Marcus Burrell would but how Lou Garrison would. How would this paranoid, convicted schizophrenic who lost his family react to this and that? These were the pep talks I gave my actors to make them forget about their real lives and become their characters. It was a painful, but worthy and amazing experience.

Above is a collage of all of the work I have done so far. As you can see, all of the written portions (shown in the bottom two pictures) are complete. The stories and poem are shown in the first picture, while the screenplays are shown in the second picture. The third is a screenshot of the weebly site which contains all of my compiled work. The website will be published as soon as post-production on the film is complete. The film, which I am currently still editing, is shown mid-post-production in the final picture with my lead actor being the natural star he is.

Annotated Bibliography

by Sieanna Williams

  1. Frank Miller's Sin City. Dir. Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. Prod. Bill Scott, Elizabeth Avellán, Robert Rodriguez, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein. By Frank Miller. Perf. Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro, Brittany Murphy, and Clive Owen. Miramax Films, 2005. Film.

Frank Miller’s Sin City is the film that inspired my capstone project. This film includes a plethora of diverse shots, angles, lighting decisions, and a unique storyline that drew me in instantly. This film provides me with insight on how to transition between storylines, establish mise-en-scene according to the nature of the settings and time periods as well as upping my editing decisions. Another aspect of Sin City that caught my attention was the way each storyline connected to their themes. Just by watching this film I am educated and reeducated about the unlimited types of styles, design, colors, etc. that I can line up in my film. There are so many ways to bring creativity to a film and I believe this film demonstrates that in ways most films do not.

  1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Dir. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. By Frank Miller. Prod. Elizabeth Avellan. Perf. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Eva Green. Miramax Films, 2014. Film.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is Sin City’s sequel. Even though Tarantino was not apart of this film, his Sin City touch still remained. In ways, I enjoyed part two better than part one. Nearly a decade after the prequel, the performances of Sin City 2 have gotten relatively stronger, which has impacted how I will direct my own actors. Even though I enjoyed this film more than it’s predecessor and it’s lurid cinematography, it often felt redundant, something I am struggling with when writing my own stories. I don’t want any of the stories to be the same, and so watching this repetition play over in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, it’s become a great resource of what to watch out for and how to avoid this.

  1. Slacker. Dir. Richard Linklater. By Richard Linklater. Prod. Richard Linklater. Perf. =Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, and Jean Caffeine. Orion Classics, 1991. Film.

The 90’s film. Slacker, is a perfect example of what I am trying to produce. I wouldn’t have known about this film had it not been for a friend. Slacker is set over a period of one day, my film is set over a course of one month. Slacker’s main concept, as my own, is to show snippets of unconnected lives throughout Austin, Texas to show their strong connections and relations despite the fact that they are internally and externally complete strangers to one another. The way Slacker approaches this is by showing each of these characters as slackers yet amazing artists. The point of my project is to show a global connection of people through struggles, morality, etc. So when I watch this film, I hope to take away an idea of how to connect my characters other than their blood relation (which is what I currently have).

  1. "5 Techniques That Create Depth & Make Your Cinematography More Dynamic." No Film School. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

Lately, I usually have not had any issues getting a great image on the camera before it hits color correction. But then, I never needed to get a great image in areas other than cold outdoors or warm indoors. I realized that by the time I start filming for this project it is going to be hot out, which means I’m going to need to adjust to all different sorts of lightings and temperatures. Not only just for my film but as a cinematographer in general, I’ve needed this. With this source I have learned how to add depth to my shots, enhance depth of field (rack focus is my favorite technique), and even contrast lighting.

  1. 5 Scriptwriting Tips That Will Make Any Story Better." Goins Writer RSS. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

This source was a huge help for me getting down some of my scripts. It’s more difficult than it sounds to write a script out of a short story. This source told me to not only establish a clear voice, but to have my characters speak in vernacular. This was interesting and immediately inspiring. Since all of my short stories besides the first and last one will have first person narration based on the character driving the current storyline, I was struggling at first with how to keep the audience engaged with each character and keeping each character distinct. Another point that really stood out to me was to show and not tell. I don’t have much experience with scriptwriting, and, often, when I do I spoonfeed the story through lots of narration because of my own bad habit of including so much detail and explanation. But this source explained the importance of letting the audience find out things through dialogue and action. This source has completed the few scripts I have finished already.

  1. "The Compelling Story Technique." , N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

As I mentioned in my proposal, I’m worried that my stories aren’t compelling enough. This article, however, appoints me to my weak points and issues with story telling while noting the definite dos that will drive one’s story to life. This article speaks briefly about using details and nuances to enhance the quality of my stories. One quote from this article that stuck with me is that one could achieve compulsion by simply “continuously striving to stay personally connected with the interviewer.” Yes, this article is mainly for people getting tips on how to interview, but it has been a great resource for my stories as well. It makes perfect sense to connect with the audience. It is the quickest and most important part of storytelling. If you don’t give your audience anything to relate to, then they’re only observers and they take nothing away from your story.  

  1. "How to Tell Your Story without Boring Your Audience to Tears." Goins Writer RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

When I read this article, I noticed that the author talked a lot about reflection and not just how my audience and readers would reflect after hearing the stories but how I would reflect on everything. If I can answer every posed or self-posed question about either my text or film or both then I should be okay. Suddenly, this topic translates to not how to tell my story but why I’m telling it. This article really made me think about why any of these stories are important and what exactly do I want my readers to take away from them. I know I want the struggle of deciding between moral and immoral is supposed to be the crux of the stories to show that humans connect through struggle, but why exactly would this be important? Thanks to this article, I’ve figured it out.

  1. "Can You Have Multiple Storylines in Your Novel? | Advanced Fiction Writing." Advanced Fiction Writing. N.p., 21 Feb. 2011. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

Of course I knew that one could indeed have multiple storylines within their novels, but I knew this article would have more to offer me than just answering the question in the title. The article, at one point, states that it’s important to remember that every one of the multiple characters are the lead character in the novel of their lives. This means that every character’s voice is unique, they should all be active characters (because no one wants to follow someone who is statically moving through live; that’s boring), and each of their storylines’ relationships to the main storyline must be established either totally clearly or totally vaguely, depending on whether I’m doing a mystery, psychological story where I want readers to figure out certain things for themselves. And that is another crucial tactic to writing with multiple storylines, according to the article: leaving the audience hanging. Not only are cliffhangers great (sometimes), butsimply not explaining or giving every skeptical moment in the story a chance to be explained. This is where most of the ability or even desire to analyze stories go to die. I’ve learned it’s important to let readers figure out things for themselves, keeping them in the dark often makes them more interested.

  1. "The Godfather: Part Two." The Godfather: Part Two. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

I was told the Godfather Part 2 was claimed to be the most amazing screenplay ever written in the world, and as many film screenplays as I’ve read, I could not agree more. Because I still needed guidance when screenplay writing, I often turn to example screenplays written for films I love. I love the films for a reason and I wanted to see just how the writers combated making it sound so great, how the actors took what was given to them and turned it into what they did on screen. This screenplay truly is genius. Even as a simple guide I’ve learned so much. Include camerawork, place it on the left; the structure of the narration referring to characters, sound and action; I’ve also learned that extension on narration is okay, so long as I do not spoonfeed the actors but instead use it as JUST an extension on stage directions. After reading this script, not only am I no longer intimidated by screenplay writing, but I’ve written several screenplays for my short stories and am fairly confident in all of them.

  1. Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and James L. W. West. "Hot and Cold Blood." All the Sad Young Men. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2007. N. pag. Print.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. He is a romanticized writer, something I greatly enjoy and have taken to my own story writing. His collection of short stories, All the Sad Young Men is what inspired the short story portion of my capstone. Although F. Scott did not have intertwining storylines, he did have a theme that connects the characters in a more general sense. F. Scott uses grief, sadness and loneliness to connect his characters and I know enough about this book to understand just how to bring out those emotions and more within my own characters.  

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Tytianna Broadwater's Capstone

The Capstone Project was made to give me the opportunity to express myself in a creative way while also showing my knowledge on the topic. My capstone was to design and create dance costumes, gymnastics leotards and accessories for the two sports. In order to do so I had to find a mentor, present a proposal, a timeline and then complete all task. My timeline had specific goals to help get my capstone done in an orderly fashion. At times, I fell behind on my timeline because there's was a lot to do at once. When that happened it was important of me to reevaluate my goal, talk to my mentor and find a way to get all necessary task complete. 

The finished products for my capstone included 3 leotards, 3 dance costumes, 2 bags, 10 hair accessories and something to work out in. I am proud of my final product because my original goal was not that much. However, I wanted to present the work in a magazine and just 6 things would not have been enough for a magazine. 

I plan on becoming a fashion designer after college and completing this capstone I learned a lot about what I would be doing in my future career. I did the process of making sketches come to life. I had to learn to make things on a deadline. I learned how to pose models, how to talk to a photographer and how to make a magazine in a way that would compliment the clothing while being appealing to the eye. 

Liukin, Nastia. "NEW Nastia Liukin Collection." Issuu. GK Elite, June 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

I found this source useful because its a gymnastics magazine and all designs were designed by a former gymnast. It also gave me an idea as what I wanted my magazine to look like. After looking through the magazine I was aware of what kind of paper they used. I also looked at the order. I really liked the layout. The first page had a picture of Nastia, a picture of her with a model and a short explanation of her work and her partnership with GK. She had one picture on each page of the model, and then the clothes on mannequins with the price. At the end of the magazine she had a quote from a famous designer and her in the work room. The magazine opened my eyes to different ways I could lay out my magazine. 

Colgrove, Debbie. "Basic Sewing Techniques for Sewing a Halloween Costume or School Play Costumes." About Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This source was useful because it gave me new ideas and a different way to do certain techniques. Some of the the techniques I never heard of before, which helped a lot because it gave me more options in ways I could go with my designs. Some of the techniques on the page I already knew about, however they executed differently than what I would have done. It really helped with one costume in particular. I was having a hard time finding a specific type of material and the website had a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the fabric myself. 

"Kellé Company - Dance Costumes, Dancewear, Dance Clothes, Dance Apparel,." Kellé Company - Dance Costumes, Dancewear, Dance Clothes, Dance Apparel, Jazz Costumes, Lyrical Costumes, Kids Costumes, Competition Costumes, Recital Costumes. Kellé Company, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This website was my biggest inspiration. Kellé Company is one of the biggest dance costume distribution around. When I was a dancer this is where all of my costumes were ordered from. They are cute and they are different. Their costume designs are not like other costumes but they don't go too far. Due to the difference in their costumes they helped me design my costumes. I noticed their techniques and what they did to keep their company number 1. I still have some of my old costumes and I looked at the fabrics and how the costume was sewn.

"GK Elite Gymnastics - Special Order Women's Long Sleeve Leotards." GK Elite Gymnastics - Special Order Women's Long Sleeve Leotards. GK Elite, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This source was useful because of their popularity in the gymnastics world. At every competition if not all, almost all teams are wearing GK leotards. The good thing about GK is they have a feature on their website where you can design a leotard based off of templates. That feature helped when designing my leotards because I was able to see what looked good and what didn't before I put it n paper. Another good thing about the website is they do more than just one kind of leotard. They also have a partnership with Under Amour and Adidas. That was helpful because I got to see the difference is what the two companies thought and how they came together to make something.

Vogue, and Butterick. The Vogue/Butterick Step-by-step Guide to Sewing Techniques. New York: Prentice Hall, 1989. Print.

This book was helpful because of the year it was made. Over time the teaching and techniques of sewing has changed. The book was written when techniques were different and its better to have more than on way of doing something. I was taught how to sew at an actual sewing shop by younger people. Im not sure who they were taught by but the techniques in the book were different than the techniques I was taught. Not all were different and some were a little different. Everyone has a different way of doing things, sometimes one way is better than another way. With me having more than one technique is better because If I don't like how to do a certain thing it may not come out as well as it could have. 

Kensington. "How to Make: See-through Sheer Leotard." YouTube. YouTube, 16 June 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This video was useful because I have never sewn with sheer before and I was a little hesitant and nervous to do so. Leotards are extremely hard to make and they take time and you have to keep a close eye on everything you do. Sheer is also extremely hard to work with because of how thin it is and the texture of the fabric. Sheer rips very easily and If I didn't know what I was doing I could have ripped it and wasted money. In the video she goes step by step. She starts by drafting a pattern and goes all the way to the end. 

"Six Secrets to Create a Budget You Can Stick With." Six Secrets to Create a Budget You Can Stick With. HSBC, 1 Aug. 2008. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This source was useful because fabric and rhinestones and all other accessories a person needs to sew an article of clothing can be very expensive. Due to the fact that I have not figured out how I'm going to pay for these materials I had to create a budget. Creating the budget will make sure I don't spend excessively and end up broke. My goal is to use nice fabrics and accessories but not spend too much money. The website was about sticking to a budget for everyday living. However, it still helped because it talked about savings and how to keep your plan. 

"50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials - Smashing Magazine."Smashing Magazine. N.p., 21 Apr. 2009. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This article was useful because I will be displaying my work by making a magazine. The  most important thing in my magazine will be the pictures. I have not decided who will be taking the pictures. However if its me or a friend I need to make sure the pictures come out the best quality they possibly could be. The website was so helpful because they gave 50 tutorials and techniques on how to take good pictures.

"Baum's Dancewear: Dance Apparel & Shoes, Costumes & Costume Accessories." Baum's Dancewear: Dance Apparel & Shoes, Costumes & Costume Accessories. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This source has a website but also a store in Philadelphia After school one day I went to the store and I looked around the store to see what the costumes and leotards looked like and i looked at the stitch lines and the accessories. I was also able to talk to the people who work at the store and talk about the process of ordering and selling. That was really useful because it gave me a look at what I was in for and what it would be like if I owned my own store one day. I also purchased a costume and took it apart to get a closer look at the detail. 

"How to Sew Lycra Without Puckered Seams : Clothing Accessories Crafts."YouTube. YouTube, 2 Nov. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

This video was useful because I have made leotards before but she sews her leotards differently than how I do. Her technique and tutorial was immensely helpful. Puckered seams make an outfit look really cheap and unprofessional.

"Sewing Barefoot: Flower Headband." Sewing Barefoot: Flower Headband. All Things Crafty, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

This website was helpful because I wanted to make a flower headband however I didn't know how to. The website told me what materials I needed and how to make it. 

"Pretty Pansy Fabric Flowers." Martha Stewart. N.p., 08 Apr. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

This source had an online pattern as well as a tutorial on how to make the flowers I wanted to. 

"Wonderful DIY Flower Hairpin." WonderfulDIY. N.p., 18 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

I was able to use this source because it had a tutorial to more than one way to make certain flowers. 

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