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Cyndi Lynn Sheridan Capstone

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Name: Cyndi Lynn Sheridan

Mentor: Mr. Sunil Reddy

Capstone Summary:

The goal of this project was to organize a drive where students were able to donate old items that would be sent directly to a No Kill Animal Shelter in New Jersey in order to enhance the living environment of neglected and sickly animals.

Project Abstract:

There were two experiences that truly inspired this project which included volunteering at the Philadelphia Zoo for four years and completing my ILP at the Philadelphia Animal Hospital. These involvements intensified my interest for not improving the lives of animals through cleaning and enrichment. I decided to do this capstone because it revolves around my particular career interest and shows my dedication to strengthening animals’ lives. My main goal was to make my event well known throughout the city of Philadelphia so that the final result is exceeding initial expectations. Obviously, I really had to push myself past the difficulties I encountered each quarter in order to make sure I was staying on track with completely my project. As a result of this project, I was able to understand the issue of animal homelessness and ways to reduce the number of animals that enter shelters each year. I gained a deeper understanding on how the No-Kill Animal Shelter operates and its desperate need for donations in order to continue providing medical assistance and housing to innocent animals. Thankfully with the help of Stanton Elementary School, I was able to receive a vast majority of the items I requested to be donated. This makes me smile because I know that from this drive I was able to make a huge difference to the lives of those animals suffering. Additionally, by holding a few bake sales in school I was able to utilize the money earned and buy any extra items at the local PetSmart in South Philadelphia. One thing I am truly disappointed by was the amount of donations I received from SLA students. There was definitely a lack of help from my peers which hurts considering I have been attending school with them since freshman year.

Click HERE to view my process paper and annotated bibliography as well.

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Michael Sanders Capstone



For my capstone I basically made a bunch of newscast that talked about current events. I was part of the MightyPost program and so I needed to attract teens using the media. I was the producer,writer, director editor and the anchor. I decided to do this because I really enjoy working with media. When I was a kid I wanted to be a news anchor for sports but now my dreams had changed and I want to be behind the scenes. I am going to major in Telecommunications which is the behind the scenes broadcasting, as well as behind the scenes for all media connection, like the internet for example. Like I said my goal was to attract teens so some videos were about current events and others were about stories that teens would love or find interesting. I do enjoy editing the films the most because I can present my creativity which is fun and somewhat relates to my current major.



Stephens, Mitchell. "A Short History of News." Center of Media Literacy. Center for Media Literacy, n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This source is about the history of news. It talks about how news have influenced people. This is just a basic outline that shows me what works in the news. I used it for a basic outline of presenting my news.

Deahl, Rachel. "The News Media ." N.p.. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This site talks about what is Journalism. It gives a brief information on how journalism is used. I used this to get some information on the topic of Journalism. I also learn the different kinds of journalism

"Television the history." N.p.. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This shows the history of television. It shows how television affects people lives and how the a visual reference of the news affects Americans. I used it as a reference guide so that I could relate my videos to the ones like on Television

Hopibkins, Russ. "A Brief History of Digital Media." Organic, Inc, 13 Oct 2009. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This is website talks about the history of digital media. I mostly used the article for finding what the old times used digital media for. I learned what was successful and what was not successful. Some parts of the website also had some statistics and I used the statistics to see what works in America and what doesn't

"Tips on how to make a video news report." BBC News. BBC, 29 Jan 2010. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This was a tips page on specifically how to make a newscast. It is very basic but very informative. Although it is not exactly what I wanted to do it still gave me tips on preparing filming and editing all of my information. I learned what the basics were for production and pre production.

Rogers, Tony. "A (Brief) History of Print Journalism in America." Web. 31 Jan 2013.<>

This is another website giving me information on journalism in general. It gives examples on how journalism has affect people in history. They even give some examples from the 1800s and what works and what doesn’t work. It mostly talks about print journalism but I can relate it to digital media.

Bias. 2012. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>

This was a video on the web from the Newsuem. It basically talks about what is bias and what is not bias. It teaches me what are some effects I have if something i biased. Since I want to be a little bias to make my newscast stand out but I learned how it will effect my viewers.

Digital Revolution. 2011. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <;.

This showed how digital media has changed throughout the 19th century. It is basically like the other websites but this video includes more interviews and gives me a visual appearance. I used some techniques and other strategies to help figure out how to make my newscast stand out.

Kahn Frank J., ed. Documents of American Broadcasting, fourth edition (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984).

This was a book I found in the library that basically gives media examples of broadcasting. I didn’t really read the full book I just skimmed it over. It basically had some examples of broadcasting. I’m comparing my work to their work.

" Antique Replica Console Radios & TV's." DCW Antique Replica . DCW Trading Company - Jukeboxes, Radios & Phonographs. , n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <>.

This website shows more information on broadcasting in general and how it has affected people in American history. It shows some strengths and some weaknesses. I learned some history on the TV and Radio news in the 20th century. It was another website I used to relate my newscast to.

"AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY." The Museum of Broadcast Communications, n.d. Web. 1 Feb 2013. <>.

This talks about the ABC specifically and how they run their digital news. IT talks about the history of ABC and what struggles ABC goes through. This only gives me some insight on what mistakes I can try to avoid in making my newscast. I also just learned some new information on the Broadcasting station.

Montgomery, Kathryn C.. "Journal Issue: Children and Computer Technology." Future of Children. Princton, n.d. Web. 1 Feb 2013. <§ionid=1348>.

This was a PDF file that shows how digital media affects children in general. Since the website Mightypost is specifically for high school students, I wanted to see what attracts them and what turns them off. It was another website with information to help make my newscast better.

Goldsmith, John R.. "Epidemiologic Evidence of Radiofrequency Radiation (Microwave) Effects on Health in Military, Broadcasting, and Occupational Studies." Ingenta Connect. Maney Publishing. Web. 1 Feb 2013. <>.

This was a research paper made by a student on radiation and how it affects broadcasting. Although the title made sound pointless it actually gave me information on international broadcasting. Although I only read the abstract, not the full paper because the full paper cost money. I used the information when I am making a script for the newscast.

Williams, David. 28 Jan 2013. Jan . Print.

I go to meetings with Dave every Monday and Wednesday. What I talk about with him are some topics I could use for the newscast that current week. On Wednesdays Dave is there helping me film and gives me constructive criticism on my videos. He also gives me a newspaper to find some interesting news.

"CNN." N.p., n. d. Web. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <>.

This is just a plain website that I receive most of my stories from. I believe CNN is a great news source that talks about the top news while not being as biased like most websites. Most of the stories I do for the newscast, comes from CNN. I give my interpretation of the stories and explain them during my newscast.

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Capstone - Film Portfolio


Since sophomore year, I've been exploring the art of cinematography. This year, I wanted to explore even further and make a variety of different films that could showcase my skills and progress through in film. In order to start off my career in film, I decided to create a film portfolio documenting films I've worked on during my senior year. I've also included writing samples from scripts that I have worked on, and also a little artist statement to go along with each video. This portfolio will work as a base for my future endeavors as I venture into the real world.


" - Community, Education, News and Resources for Cinematographers." - Community, Education, News and Resources for Cinematographers. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

Hess, John P.. "" N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

"IMDb - Movies, TV and Celebrities." IMDb - Movies, TV and Celebrities. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

"Revision3 > Film Riot." Revision3: The Best TV Shows on the Internet. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

"The DSLR Cinematography Guide - NoFilmSchool." NoFilmSchool. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

"VIDEO COPILOT | After Effects Tutorials, Plug-ins and Stock Footage for Post Production Professionals." VIDEO COPILOT | After Effects Tutorials, Plug-ins and Stock Footage for Post Production Professionals. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

Vineyard, Jeremy, and José Cruz. Setting up your shots: great camera moves every filmmaker should know. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 1999. Print.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. McElhenney, Rob, Glenn Howerton Howerton, Charlie Day, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel, and Tom LoFaro. FX. 2005. Television.

Seinfeld. David, Larry, Benjamin Scott, Howard West, George Shapiro, Andrew Scheinman, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Berg, and Jeff Schaffer. NBC. 1989. Television.

Daniels, Greg, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Paul Lieberstein, Jennifer Celotta, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Brent Forrester, and Dan Sterling, prods. The Office. NBC. NBC, 24 Mar. 2005. Television.

Michaels, Lorne, prod. Saturday Night Live. Dir. Don R. King. NBC. NBC, 11 Oct. 1975. Television.

Brown, Sam, Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Darren Trumeter, and Timmy Williams, prods. The Whitest Kids U' Know. AMC. Fuse, 20 Mar. 2007. Television.

Clement, Jermaine, and Bret McKenzie. Flight of The Concords. Flight of The Concords. Mickey Petralia, 2008. CD.

Red Vs. Blue. Rooster Teeth. N.d. 01 Apr. 2003. Web. <>.

Foster, Gary, Russ Krasnoff, Dan Harmon, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Neil Goldman, and Garrett Donovan, prods. Community. NBC. NBC, 17 Sept. 2007. Television.

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Loren Jenkins 2013 Capstone

​Loren Jenkins
SLA first offical Pep squad
(Dance and Step)
Mentor: Jasmine Taborn
Advisor: Zoe Siswick

As a founder, coach, and choreographer of SLA’s first Pep Squad, I can gladly say it was all worth it. I have been working on this team for my capstone, and own interest purposes. It’s been 2 years working on this club, and I have gained many exposure such as responsibility and patience. In order to be successful in an time consuming club you also learn how to manage time with school work and your personal life. These were just a few skills that I can for sure say better me to help me mature as a young women. 

During these two years of conducting pep squad we have became very successful. Both years were full of excitement with shows and contest. Especially, this year 2013 with the step team  and SLA first ever step show which happened to be more than a great success.  I have been preparing for this time for awhile, and the prepping was all worth it. Practices were held on Monday and Thursday or every day if we had a show coming up. They usually last for 2 hours. 

As a reflection to this I have created a strong sisterhood between each member and each member has created a sisterhood with each other. I was proud to see the eagerness, and the maturity developed that helped among all of us. I was glad to have brought girls from all ages, and grades from SLA to participate together in a positive youthful cub. I am thankful for all of my supporters, and mentors who were able to guide me while I was riding this road. I am excited to see what I have left here at SLA to become when I am gone.


Annotated Bib

"Zeta Sigma University of Huston ." delta Sigma Theta History. Delta Sigma Theta, 2012. Web. 7 May 2012. <>.

- This link can be used to help create my timeline. It also has a lot of data that can help me create a good blog.I can put this on a prezi to help make this timeline also. This information is helpful because it also tells me where it begins and the dates. It also helps with the places that it was created in.

. "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC." History,Founders, Programs, and Leadership. N.p., 2012. Web. 7 May 2012. <>.

-  This website is helpful because not only is the official website, but it also has information that you wouldn’t find on other sites. I will be able to get all of the photos, site names, and much more. It would be able to provide me with years of members information and also photos.

Gamma, Eta. "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC Eta Gamma Chapter." . N.p., 2011. Web. 9 May 2012. <>.

- I will be able to use this source to get information on a certain type of chapter. I would be able to also use this chapter as example of their uniqueness and how they formed. It can also be highlighted as one of the best.

Anderson, Ashley. "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ."American History . Suite101, Nov 12, 2009. Web. 9 May 2012. <>.

- This gives me good information based on why the deltas began. It also gives me great data which can be used in my project for references. It also has a lot information that I didn’t even know for myself.

Anderson, Ashley. "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ."Wikipedia. Wikipedia , 2012. Web. 11 May 2012. <>.

- I know that this is a questionable site to use for certain things, but since I am well knowledge on this topic I think it would be okay for me to use. I can get reports on the challenges they did and also the rewards they have received. They also talk about the community service and the effect they had on society on here.

. "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC." Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC. Delta Sigma Theta, 2012. Web. 11 May 2012. <>.

- I plan to use this to help me getting photos of the presidents. Also for more modern time information of all of the branches they have. I will also get cool facts such as celebrities that are deltas. I can get to know what events that are coming up to. For example, the community service projects that they do, and not just the step shows/competitions they do.

Stomp 1996 Delta Sigma Theta from West Chester University and Temple University. Rho Alpha and Epsilon Delta Chapters, , perf. Stomp 1996 Champs. Dawg9, 1996. Web. 11 May 2012. <>. <>.

- I would like to use this link because it shows an old style step of the Temple and West Chester Deltas stepping together proudly. This is a good example of stepping in the 1990’s. This can lead to an comparison to how the step then to today. Although, some steps never got old and got carried over there is a difference between the two. This was one of the oldest ones that I liked that I could find.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Alpha Chapter) performed at the 2011 Howard Homecoming Step Show, , perf. Delta Sigma Theta @ Howard University Homecoming Step Show 2011 . HUreaction , 2011. Web. 7 May 2012. <>.

- This step show took place at Howard University in October of 2011. This is a good video that shows a nice more modern step flow. It is very hardcore compared to the old times. Its more rough, with an edgy bit of loudness. This is just an example of how the different styles are.

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Final Product- Marina, Sierra & Prisilla

For our 4th quarter statistics benchmark we read a book called How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff. After reading the book, we held insightful conversations which with discussed amongst each other and recorded as well. In our podcast you will not only get an overarching idea about what the book is about, but you will also get to hear our views and opinions on different topics that play a key role in the book. By reading this book and recorded the podcasts we learned a lot about how statistics can be misleading which can either hurt or help the point that the statistic is trying to get across. This project also made us view statistics in a different way than we have been viewing it in the past. We hope that you enjoy our podcast and that you learn a little something about the book and about tricks statistics can play on people.

- Sierra Dinvil, Prisilla Nieves, & Marina Pyfrom

Final Product
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Discussion Day 3

​How to Lie: Chapter 7 to Chapter 10 (End of the book)

For the last four chapters, we discussed more ways of deception and also how to deal with those deceptions. Chapter 7 was about finding statistics for something, but then actually using a statistic from something else, though none of it is actually wrong. Chapter 8 was about cause and effect and whether cause and effect can be reversed. Chapter 9 was about using visual diagrams, showing majorities, but not paying attention to the actual numbers. Chapter 10 is about how to deal with all of the misleading statistics and realizing what is wrong or missing. 

Tenzin Ngawang, Kimberly Cayamcela, Isabella Tognini, Claire Elliot
A Band Statistics
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Stephen's Portfolio

English Journal #10
I wish...

I wish I could have better handwriting...
I wish I could be taller
I wish I had more money to spend 
I wish I had more clothes, like enough that I didn't have to wear the same thing twice
I wish I could do whatever I want, and not live by any rules
I wish I had a car
I wish I could play basketball as good as my friends without the practice
I wish I lived in a mansion
I wish I didn't have to go to school to make good money
I wish everyone listened to me
I also wish I had flying, superspeed, and invisibility.
That would be cool

English Journal #23
Progress Note

Stephen, You have greatly improved since the beginning of the year in your efforts in this class. You've completed your classwork on time and turned more quality work. In the very beginning of the year we used to butt heads because you always had your headphones in but now you've payed more attention in class and I've noticed. There are some areas of improvement though. You need to keep strong in your efforts heading into next quarter and to cut the chatter down. You're very sociable and it becomes a distraction to other students. But overall, a very good quarter
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Bernicia Guercio Capstone


I have always had a strong love for poetry and an admiration for art. I was never very “good” at drawing, painting or sketching but I find beauty in art and those who excel at it. I feel that even when things get hard to deal with different types of art can be an outlet for many people to express themselves. Even when a lot is going on, a piece of art can make everyone stop for a minute or even a few seconds to admire it. That to me is powerful and I feel that art is an important part of everyone’s life no matter what form of art. Art is an important of community and can really shape a community. This capstone was to be created by art pieces that were submitted by SLA students, these sketches, paintings or poems were made in their teenage years and reflect something about themselves hence the theme; Ode to Teenagehood. Isabella & I worked together to transform the third floor ball room into a space for art.

Annotated Bibliography:

The Art Book. London: Phaidon, 1996. Print.

This book is filled with some of the most influential and brilliant piece of artwork over time. This book ha explanations of the artwork itself and also the artist and time period the art piece was created. This book is going to be key in my research and studies. The book is filled with information of different types of art and the time period they were created. The book also explores why the piece of artwork was influential to other pieces of art and also how it was influential to other artists and the time period. The book also talks about the artist, this will serve as a resource in finding out about artist I have never heard of so i can expand my knowledge about artist also.

Gooch, Brad. City Poet: The Life of Times of Frank O'Hara. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Print.

This book discusses the life of a man named Frank O’Hara. Frank o’Hara was a poet and an artist, he is famous for his work. Much of this book talks about how his life contributed to his poetry writing. A poem can stem from any type of feeling, emotions or thoughts. Being able to look at such an icon in the poetry world like Frank O’hara will give prospective of how he went about writing and studying poetry. The most interesting thing about poetry is that you do not necessarily know where the poems comes from and reading about poets life will help to give insight on his poetry writing.

Pope, Deborah. Falling Out of the Sky: Poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1999. Print.

This source is a collection of poems that Deborah Pope wrote. Reading other poetry is key in understanding and studying poetry. Every poet has a different style of writing and looking at different styles helps form a unique one for another poet. I also like that the poems are in an umbrella of the same theme. Writing poetry can be all over the place and about so many different things and to be able to umbrella a theme is an interesting thing to do. Reading poetry from other people allows me to mimic different styles then tweak those styles to make them my own.

Meyer, Michael. Poetry: An Introduction. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. Print.

This is sort of a poetry textbook for intro classes for poetry. This book is stock piled with resources within for me to study the art of poetry. This book has a number of poems from different time periods, cultures, themes and people. This diverse group of poems will open my eyes to different types of poetry and also expose me to poets I have never heard of. This book has a huge mix of traditional poems/poets to the most recent contemporary poems/poets. This source will help me along with me studying poetry as a subject as well as helping me writing and channel my inner poet.

Brophy, Maria. "Six Tips on How to Put on a Memorable Art Exhibit." N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

I have never put on any type of show/festival. This source is going to serve as a guide for me to make sure I put this show in successfully. The source has key information that I should be aware of before actually putting the show on. This source has explanations of six key tips and insight I should consider when putting the event on for my capstone. This source has suggestions for things to add to the event to make it better and that is very useful because I am trying to have success at this.

"Creating an Art Exhibition." (n.d.): n. pag. Office of the Arts: Brandeis University. Web. <>.

This is also another guide for me to reference so I can have a successful event. This source is from a College of the Arts and art majors and people who have had shows made the source. This will give me more information and suggestion on how to have a successful event. This also talks about stating the purpose and reason for the show during the show, like for me it is my capstone but I would explain why I chose this as my capstone. This source gives me step by step instructions to reference when I am stuck and do not know what to do.

Frazier, Nancy. The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History. New York: Penguin Reference, 2000. Print.

This book explores art and the history of art. This book will help me understand and expand my knowledge of how art can to be and how it transformed over time. This book has over 1500 entries of terms, discussions, and facts. This book is a mix literature, history, economics, and artistic advances to go through the different time periods of time. This book explores women’s art, American artist, poets, architects instead of being Eurocentric. I will use this source to find the historical roots of art in the United States. This book does more than just talk about different historical event/people that have occurred but offers an analysis of key times in art history. This source will help expand my knowledge of art history and be my main study tool for this project.

Shiner, Larry. The Invention of Art: A Cultural History. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003. Print.

This book is goes in depth about the roots of art in different cultures. The book's central theme is that art is an invention and first came about in the west in the eighteenth century. The book explains the systems of art and talks about how the culture created this system and how it work. The system is that the artist is a skilled worker and a work of art was a product that was useful that was considered skilled work. I will use this book as a resource to study up on how art started and how it changed and stayed the same over the years.

Johnson, Ken. "Don’t Call the Cleaning Crew. That Yellow Spill Is Art." NY Times. N.p., 31 Jan. 2013. Web. <>.

This article talks about an art piece that is not very tradition and is abstract. This article goes into how unique are can be and how unique this piece is. If you take a look at it one might not think that it is special but the meaning behind the artwork is insightful. This article talks about how the inspiration behind the art piece should never go unheard. I like this article because art starts off with inspiration and art can tell stories and emotions and that is what makes art so special. The article makes a good point about the materials that are used in making different art pieces. They are a very important aspects to creating an art piece and can be overlooked by the viewer.

Schwendener, Martha. "Don’t Call the Cleaning Crew. That Yellow Spill Is Art." NY Times. N.p., 31 Jan. 2013. Web. <>.

This article is about a women’s art exhibit of contemporary art. It talks about how art museums are not all about the traditional art like before. This art show was very unique and different. The art show dealt with photography which is something I really want in my show. I think photography can be so powerful, one image can say a lot and I find beauty in having images of real life people, things and object is really shows how beauty can be so simple. This article is a good way for me to read up on different ways to hold the art show and different ways to set up the art show so it has flow.

Robertson, Jean, and Craig McDaniel. Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980. New York: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.

This book talks about contemporary art after the 1980s. The book discusses more modern art and how it is different from the tradition art that we all know. The book talks about how art is not just painting and picture but a canvas with paint can have meaning and purpose. It talks about the different angles of contemporary art which are techniques and materials, historical circumstances, aesthetic qualities, theoretical issues, and an artist's ideas and intentions. This is useful to me because I will be able to read this book and compare it back to the books about more traditional. Doing this will allow me to compare art now to art back then.

Bhuyan, Rimlee. "Different Forms of Art." Weblog post. Buzzle. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2012. <>.

This post talks about all the different types of art. In my art show I want all different types of art to be celebrated and showed. I feel their are so many different types of art and art is not limited. This source lists different types of art and small explanations with those types. This will allow me to learn about arts that I did not think about before so I can welcome that type of art in the show also.

Haberman, Clyde. "CITY ROOM; A Second Act for Poetry in the Subways." NY Times. N.p., 28 Mar. 2012. Web. <>.

This article is about poetry and poets. It has interview with different people about poetry and some different famous poets. This is an article about poetry in motion and the new things people are to express themselves through poetry. I will use this source because it explores the different things you can do with poetry. It talks about performing different poetic pieces and how the performances can be very powerful. I want poetry to be a part of the art show and I want people to perform also.

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Siani Widman Capstone

Click on the pic above to play video

The goal of my project was to bring awareness the community and SLA on premature babies. Pre terms births and defects are the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. In Pennsylvania the premature birth is at 11%, majority in young teens and adults. So I wanted to get others informed on the subject in hopes that by 2014 the ratings may potentially decrease. 

I chose premature awareness for this project because it is really important to me. There are many family members, including myself, who were born premature, some did not make it and I know how it feels to wait so long for a child to be brought into the world and only to have it be complicated or taken away from you. When I became apart of March of Dimes I got to see the smiles of families and children's faces as they are able to go around in life with something to fight for. I love to fight with them and with the help of many more, we can really create a change for the better.

Annotated Bibliography

- March of Dimes. (2012). March of dimes. Retrieved from

This website is the main source of information. Includes team and personal blog for donations and fundraising goal.

- March for Babies. (2012). March of Retrieved from

Though this is similar to it’s partnering site, March of Dimes, March for Babies has plenty of resources about prematurity and the research being made behind it. It includes interviews, videos, and list of past and upcoming events.

- The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. (2012, February 19). Facts about prematurity. Retrieved from

I just gives a different perspective on the topic and I found it interesting the information is almost consistant

- LaKisha, Dixon. (n.d.). Interview by Siani Widman [Personal Interview]. Interviewing Kisha., Philadelphia, PA.

I’m going to interview her because she is a registered nurse, and has been apart of the NICU unit for little over a year. Her job is dealing with newborns and those who are premature or with illness.  

- Rose, D. (2010, Sept. 10). March of Dimes. Retrieved from

This is a research site that gives a summary about the March of Dimes foundation and when or who it was established by. The pictures used in the slideshow will be a nice part of my capstone.

- Lee, K. G. (2011, Novemember 14). Premature infant. Retrieved from

I will be using this to get a medical history behind prematurity. Some facts and statistics will be helpful for sharing info among other people.

- Mehren, E. (n.d.). Interview by Allison Martin [Personal Interview]. An interview with elizabeth mehren, author of born too soon., Retrieved from

- Wrape, P. (2000). Prematurity research disproves the theory that preemies catch up by age three. Retrieved from

This site is more of a fun fact kind of site. Plus gives nice information on the technology and how with funding for these types of programs can make a better goal happen.

- Premature birth [Web log message]. (2012, November 7). Retrieved from

This gives another list of facts and treatment for infant babies put in the NICU.
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Henninger, Mcneil, Smith, Fichera - Podcast 3

Group Members:

Chris Fichera

Chelsea Smith

Dayona Mcneil

Sophia Henninger


Today, we discussed chapter seven, eight. We talked about how the connections made between studies and what they're trying to prove did not make sense. We agreed on the fact that most studies do not depict an accurate picture of the people involved. 

The discussion itself was more like an actual conversation then trying to hit specific points. The only time we brought specific questions in were when we had already set up a situation from the book. 

Stats 3
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Sam Lovett-Perkins Senior Capstone: Community Involvement Club

The purpose of a Capstone project is to express them sum of information and experiences I’ve learned from being a student at Science Leadership Academy. I hoped to incorporate that in my project, the formation of a service community organization called SLA: Community Involvement Club. The reasoning behind this project is due to the personal impact that volunteer work has had on my life and a lack of opportunity inside of SLA. I chose to take initiative and combine my personal interest with my school community. I was starting off of a foundation made by a previous service club, meaning club meetings once a week to teach about global, local, and social issues; these were in addition to monthly weekend service projects in Philadelphia. My duties as president and coordinator involved a large amount of networking to get speakers, presentations, finding service opportunities and create education lessons to teach members. I also recorded member hours offering The Presidents Volunteer Service Award for 100 hours over the course of the year. In the end I learned a lot about the job of a coordinator and how to plan events. Through the lessons I learned to interpret information and then find an engaging way to share it with others. We ended the year with 4 members receiving the Presidential Service Award and club members completing over 500 hours of service. List of sources that I used to assist me in this project can be found here. My Process paper can be found here listing my process and how it relates to SLA core values. 

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Exoplanets: Teaching kids about Space! - Winston Wright Capstone

          All three of us have an interest in some branch of engineering, more specifically aerospace engineering which is very important in interstellar space science. We aim to gain a better/more in depth understanding of the engineering behind space science (i,e. an in depth look at the lunar landing module). A focus on astronomy gave us a well rounded introduction to the different areas of student we want to pursue after high school. In addition to astronomy we did a lesson oriented completely on Astrobiology which offers an extremely wide variety of sciences to be learned. We most focused on exoplanets (planets that exist outside of our solar system) and what type of technology it would take us to get there. We also focused on the actual term astrobiology, which is a the study of the evolution/future of life in the universe. While helping others who might have interest in some of the lessons we  taught, we also cultivated our own interest in the related sciences.          
           The mini-courses were comprised of both lectures and power-point presentations, with open discussion being the majority of the presentation. Each quarter we turned in a lesson plan to our advisor to show our topic for a certain week. Inquiry and research stem from us looking at real data from missions of the Apollo program, for example or us tracking the status of yet to be determined exoplanets by the Hubble or Kepler telescopes. Collaboration came directly from our interaction with each other and how we choose to present/teach each mini-course lesson. We also took suggestions on what topics want to be discussed the most. Presentation and reflection will both be prevalent in our  end of the year presentation via keynote or powerpoint.
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Podcast #3- Marina, Sierra & Prisilla

For our third podcast we decided to discuss our final thoughts about the book and interesting things we noticed. Prisilla talked about how the surveyors lied on their questionnaire because they wanted their income to not be revealed. Sierra then talked about how she is now is more conscious of statistics in the real world. Marina then added to Sierra's comment talking how the type of environment affects the data. For example we talked HIV in Philadelphia. We then questioned where the students were tested from and how the results were concluded. Enjoy! 
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Shamarlon Yates Capstone

Attached is my final draft of my alphabet book that I created.

Click HERE to view my google doc with my bibliography and process paper.

For my capstone, I learned about the local Chichewa language that is spoken in Malawi and used the knowledge I gained to create an alphabet book. After visiting the village of Jembe on my buildOn trip to Malawi, I decided to continue learning about this new language that I fell in love with. I brought my template of the book to Staples where I made two spiral books. My hope is to pass on this template to the Philadelphia buildOn so that they can mass produce these books and bring them to Malawi where they can distribute them to local schools they work with.
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