Seniors ‘boarder’ on completion

Nathaniel Curtis, Managing Editor

After six years of speculation and a year of dedicated labor, this year’s senior class is approaching the final hurdle: senior boards. The presentations will be held on April 25 starting at noon.

“I’m glad it’s almost over,” senior Dakota Helbig said. “It’s been a long time since we have started, and at this point so much has been required that I just want to be done with it.”

The boards presentation is the last part of the three-part project. After the paper and the product are completed, seniors must create a presentation to show a group of judges who evaluate the students based on knowledge, quality, and mannerism.

“I’m not nervous,” senior Mary Gerlach said. “I practiced my speech for the first time last week, and I did fine. I just fixed up some of my slides and thought about the bad habits I have and that’s about all there is to it. It is made to seem like a big deal, but it’s not a huge issue.”

Students who have taken senior seminar are especially well-rehearsed. Many have practiced their speeches in front of classes more than three times.

“I feel like it helps you know what you are doing wrong,” senior Greg Topp said. “I practiced at home, but I got the best feedback from the other students who graded me. I’m excited to present it, in part because honestly I’m just done with school, but I am also proud of my project, so this will be a great day.”