Hello, my name is Ivan Lopez JR and I am a student at Science leadership academy (or SLA for short). At SLA they offer more freedom than any other school and are very open minded to its students. They are more than willing to help any student struggling to learn and help prepare them for their future as a hard working adult. I had recently finished a project made by SLA called a “Capstone” which is a project that shows how much you’ve learned in your 4 years at SLA and how you use their core values. In this project you are free to choose any topic and research it until late May and early June in which you present to fellow classmates and teachers. My topic was on how entertainment and politics do not merge well and lead to very bad movies/comics or games. I chose this topic because I am very passionate about these kinds of things and view them as a way to relax or a quick get away from the world and its harshness or just people being over the top. Using my research skills, I looked for articles that involved entertainment and how it gets slandered due to the contents within it being taken to the extreme or praised because it’s doing something very modernly political. There are multiple examples of this that I have personally seen and some I found during my research: like an all female cast for a film or having a gay or transgender person as part of the cast or saying things like “the FIRST modernly political character”. Along with my dad, we brainstormed ideas and ways to present my project. Part of my research includes life experiences which makes me very set on doing this project. One idea we had was a blog where I would make a discussion thread and post questions to see how people felt about some of these topics. We decided against this because it was very labor intensive and has the ability to be taken in different directions than intended. Later, we decided that a survey would be given to the school and sent to the students email. The survey would be filled out by the students to help get a look at how other people feel about this topic. We made sure that in our questions we weren’t putting any of our own opinions into them and none of the questions were meant to offend. Despite this, the school didn’t want to have their name attached to the survey which led to some problems for our project. Some of the terms that I wanted to use were deemed offensive. I understand the school’s stance on their image and the importance of protecting their students. But, my opinion is just as important as any other students at SLA. My Capstone depends on my opinion and my views on this topic which can be very controversial. But, that's just how life is and not everyone will agree with me or have the same views. So, instead of fighting over the survey, and after discussion with one of my advisors, we made it into a research project. I used the internet and TV for all of my research and used my life experiences of growing up alongside entertainment to see it slowly change over time. Another thing that made the Capstone difficult was the Coronavirus. It was tough trying to figure out how to move forward with this while not being in school. The first part of the year was hard enough because we were going to be in a new building. Then we had to be in the district building. This created enough chaos to cause confusion about what the Capstone is and what was expected from me. Not being around teachers and other students made this tough. What I’m most proud of during this project is the topic itself. I knew immediately that I wanted to do this topic and I’m proud that I chased after it without any doubt or regret. The research is also something I’m proud of because I looked for exactly what I wanted and ended up finding them very easily because of how much people like to politically nitpick over everything. My dad is also a big part of this project and has helped me throughout the entire process of making this project and for that I am both proud and grateful for having a father that supports as well as helping me when I need it most.