Class of 2022 Capstone Presentations Continuing

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Joie Xiao ’22 giving a MAPS presentation

The 133 members of Mercersburg’s senior class are giving their capstone presentations this month; presentations began May 3. All seniors are enrolled in one of the school’s two capstone experiences: MAPS (Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies) or Springboard, and are presenting their yearlong projects this month. The presentations conclude with the Springtalks Showcase Thursday, May 12, which is a required appointment for students and faculty.

Read full details about MAPS and Springboard. Successful completion of one of the two capstone experiences is a requirement for graduation from Mercersburg. 

The 12 students enrolled in MAPS are going first; each will offer an approximately 20-minute TED Talk-style presentation. Topics include “The Generational Curse of Hispanic Enclaves,” “Transhuman Paradox: The Inevitable Self-destruction of Humanism,” and “How Cancel Culture Cancels Culture.”

See a full list of the MAPS presentation topics

Each MAPS project includes the completion and defense of a 30-page paper on a topic of the student’s choice and a 10- to 15-page “call to action” community engagement proposal, along with the presentation. Projects involve considerable extensive first-person, online, and print source research.

Eight Springboard courses are being offered this year: App Design, Commarts: The Art and Business of Graphic Design, Entrepreneurship, Food For Thought, Maker’s Lab, Open Topic, Positive Psychology, and Write Your Novel. Students enrolled in those courses will showcase their work as part of a two-night Springboard Expo Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11.

See a full list of the Springboard students

On Thursday, May 12, one project representing each course will be spotlighted as part of the Springtalks Showcase in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The event will feature a 7-minute presentation from a student (or students) representing each capstone course. Students chosen to present at the Showcase are Elijah Brown ’22 and Darren Blocker ’22 (Food For Thought), Pete Curtis ’22 (Maker’s Lab), Andrea Garza Gutierrez ’22 (Commarts), Natalie Kochova ’22 (Open Topic), Scott Mattsson ’22 (App Design), Avery Morrison ’22 (Positive Psychology), Folake Okunsanya ’22 (Write Your Novel), and Riley Schermerhorn ’22 (Entrepreneurship).

Faculty members involved in the courses include MAPS faculty members Jay Bozzi and David Bell P ’17, ’18, and Springboard instructors John David Bennett P ’12, ’19, ’24, Franklin Bell P ’09, ’12, Andy Brown, Tricia Crocker, Rick Hendrickson P ’03, ’06, ’19, Maggie Howes, Todd McGuire P ’24, Kristen Pixler, Michele Poacelli P ’24, and Leela Woody. As the school’s dean of curricular innovation, Bennett oversees the capstone program.

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