Shaharaim Gill, Capstone
For my Capstone I wanted to create a reference for other students who don’t necessarily know what they want to do with their lives and find programs and also use the programs that I went through to help them find some options that they can use to get through high school and also provide them with some scholarships for college. For my 4 years of high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career and I still don’t know and that’s fine and I think that a lot of students get overwhelmed with that so using the programs that I went through can help find them career paths in get them scholarships to go through college.
Link to my Annotated Bibliography
When trying to decide what to do for my capstone, I thought about what hit home to the youth of Philadelphia. I know when I’m bored or feeling down, nothing else helps like getting outside and being active. Especially after our tedious year(s) in quarantine, I thought it would be a great idea to make a website that would bring people together under one common interest: Basketball. I faced some challenges during the creation of this website, but I still pulled through and tried to take initiative to create a useful hub to unite basketball players all over the city.
I decided to do my capstone about the student athletes at my school and why they are so important. In the video I asked them questions about life of being a student athletes and some ups and downs about them. I choose to focus around student athletes because I am one and I know the life of one but not everyone does in the video I show what athletes do how they maintain both lives and how SLA impacts us student athletes.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C3VNcRFqvSGxx-VeQ5kq4DXpJLHv1zRJucGjRe9snO0/edit?usp=sharing - Annotated Bibliography
https://youtu.be/Ylp-1Xdcx2g - Video Link
Sports are my passion. I enjoy watching sports and playing sports. Sports have changed my life over the years. They bring joy and excitement to my life. For my Capstone Project I decided to make a website talking about the world’s most famous sports. I created this website because I wanted to learn more about some sports I never watch like soccer, tennis and golf. Also for people who want to learn about sports that don’t know where to start. I picked a total of 9 sports for this website. Basketball, Football, Soccer, Hockey, Swimming, Boxing, Tennis, MMA and Golf. For each of these sports I talked about its history and origin of the sport, the rules of the sports, the greatest players of all time, and facts about the sports. I also added some topics that drew attention that I feel like people would actually find interesting to read, such as How sports changed society? I talked about the positive impact on sports and how motivating athletes’ stories are. Sports and Politics/Protest. I talked about Important Events with athletes protesting in sports, Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Timeline and Lebron James “Shut up and Dribble.” Sports and Masculinity. I talked about what toxic masculinity can lead to outside of sports if it gets bad. Sports and Racism. I talked about problems with racism in sports. Last but not least Women in sports. I talked about women fighting for equal rights in sports and I named a lot of great women athletes.
The final product of my capstone is a Ramadan guide I made into a website. My website includes essential questions, resources, and Quran and hadith proof to back up all of my statements.I was inspired to make this based on the fact that I felt only a few had really known what Ramadan was about. I would answer people’s questions , but I still felt that they were deprived of the answer they were looking for. Even among muslims, some are unaware of how to correctly participate in Ramadan. My initial goal was to finish this website earlier so it could be used during this Ramadan . However, I can still promote this website through school and it can always be used in the future.
When we moved to the new building I couldn’t help but notice the bare walls. At the old building on 22nd and Arch, the walls were covered in paintings and student expression. 2 years after the move, after asbestos and after a pandemic the new school building still didn’t feel like SLA. In March I interviewed students, 100% of students interviewed said that a mural would make the new SLA building feel more like home. After that survey, I was sure that a mural had to be painted. The mural was painted by mostly seniors and freshmen. I designed it based on parts of the SLA experiences. The whales in the mural are based on my favorite mural in Philadelphia which was the whale mural near the Schuylkill River Trail. The mural ended up being 8ft by 10ft and was painted using acrylics on masonite panels. After lots of hard work by not only me but the SLA community, the mural was finished. I hope that this mural inspires other artists at SLA and helps make the new building truly feel like SLA. I also hope it shows what happens when people come together as a community to create something that will leave a legacy. Thank you to Braskem who helped fund this project.
Annotated Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sb1LGF-tBWEL8SguLKSPqpplGPKNFCAzr2lWmtg-MYQ/edit?usp=sharing
For my capstone, I wanted to create a product that caters to curly hair. Throughout my natural hair journey I have come across many products that made bold claims, but they missed the mark on my hair type and thats how this idea for my capstone came to be. Many of these products are loaded with ingredients such as silicones and alchohls but I wanted to create a product that cuts out those 20 letter word ingredients while still having the positive benefits of the formula. To do this I researched what elements were essential in a product including humectants (substances that retains moisture), oils, and butters. Through trial and error with test batches I’ve slowly but surely come to know how important of a role ratios play in hair care, just because an ingredient is good on paper it doesn’t translate to its order on the ingredient list. For my final product I feel I have made an affordable natural alternative to off the shelf brands.
Link to Biblography : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FiLFlPVssDxwrvDtmibEj_dEffH0xMARnSl7CntKVTA/edit?usp=sharing>
- For my Capstone project, I wanted to have an Autism acceptance fundraiser. I decided to sell custom sports shirts that have an Autism acceptance spin, along with an SLA shirt, and held an in-school fundraising event one-day selling handmade chocolate taffys, bracelets, pens, and shirts. I made quite a bit of money selling shirts inside and outside of school. The money will be going to CHOP’s Center for Autism Research and other charities that benefit Autism Research and help people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism affects me personally as I have Autism and I have relatives with Autism, so this fundraiser was more than a project for me, it was very personal. Here is my Annotated Bibliography