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Senior Projects 2012

Dear Senior Project Panel Members: Thank you so much for taking your time to review our project and sit on our panel. We are excited to share our Senior Project with you. As you peruse our information, please enjoy our reflections and artifacts. We look forward to presenting to you and welcome any questions you have. Inside you will find: • James Clipp’s Reflection Christian Dominguez’s Reflection Andrew Millspaugh’s Reflection Jordan Patterson’s Reflection Ashley Taylor’s Reflection Codi Tulloch’s Reflection Diego Ventura’s Reflection • Artifacts from the project Sincerely, The Alaskan Dash Team


James Clipp Senior Project Reflection As a group Jordan Patterson, Ashley Taylor, Codi Tolich, Christian Domingez, Andrew Millspaugh, Diego Ventura, and I made a goal to raise money for the St. Peters Alaskan mission trip. We would hold different fundraisers such as a Cornhole Tournament and a carwash. Our planning led us to ideas such as a silent auction and dinner, movie nights, and money jars. We worked as a team and collaborated on a professional level to complete our tasks. Our school wide learning outcomes played a huge role when completing our senior project. Every year during the summer St. Peters Lutheran Church ministries take a two week long trip to Angoon, Alaska. Angoon is a little town on the southern coastline of Alaska with a total population of 459 people. The people there do not have a lot and do not see the outside world at all. Jordan Patterson is an active member of St. Peters and is our liaison to St. Peters ministries. During my middle school and elementary years I was a member of St. Peters as well. Every year him and a group of St. Peter’s members host basketball and volleyball camps that also include bible studies and devotions. Unfortunately housing in Angoon is scarce and the house they stay at is also used by another mission group from Pennsylvania. It is run down and needs a lot of work done. That is our job as a senior project group to raise money for reconstruction of the house to its original good living condition. At the very beginning during our brainstorming session I almost felt that this project seemed to be a little big. Instead of just one fundraiser we decided on about six different fundraisers that we would be completing over a period of three to four months. The majority of our difficulties we encountered included communication issues and just not being able to work with our group members during the project. One minor issue we had was a time issue. We as a group felt that the time period in which we were to complete the project was way too short and needed to be extended. Currently we are still in the process of completing some of our fundraisers. When it came to the size of our group I felt that it was a little big. During all my years at Columbus Signature Academy I never had a group of this size and we definitely felt like a large group as well due to the communication issues I mentioned. We were able to collaborate on the issues and eventually we were able to sort them out and move on to our next fundraiser. My role in the group as an individual was to plan and organize a fundraiser that would catch the eye of all ages, so I conducted a Cornhole tournament. Cornhole is a very simple game that includes 8 cotton bags filled with corn and two angled boards with a hole toward the top. Each team would throw their bags to the opposite board. If a bag lands on the board but not in the hole then it counts for one point. If a player lands one bag in the hole then it is three points. All of the rules were handed to the players and even those who did not know anything about the game learned a little bit. Our prizes or donations included a brand new cornhole set and free pizza’s from Papa John’s, Fazoli's, and Snappy Tomato. There was a pretty good turnout and I felt a lot of stress lifted off my back when it was completed. We raised about two to three hundred dollars. When looking back at all we have done for the project I can definitely see both things I liked and parts I wished we could have changed, but the one part of this project was seeing the revolutionary aspect. Most kids decide on having a small fundraiser or have an event that raises awareness for an issue. We took both and took it beyond one's expectations. Instead of doing one type of fundraiser we did a couple that would bring in a lot of money for the Alaskan mission trip. We also wanted to take our Lutheran faith and spread it to the people we interact with. In the end our true goal is to make a difference in the lives of those we impact. As a group


I feel that we completed this project better than any other project we have completed here at the Columbus Signature Academy and I feel good about our upcoming presentation. I’m ready to tell others our accomplishments that came from this project.

Christian Domingues Senior Projet Reflection When I first when with Jordan Patterson to hear his idea, I thought I would liked because he said about rebuilding a house in Alaska. I thought to myself I like building staff and helping people out. So I decided that I would join his group for my senior project because I could relate to it. I also felt pretty confident with the people that was going to be in the group because I knew if I need it help. They are there to help me. That was one of the reason I join the Alaskan Dash group. After we sign the paper to be in a group, we came out with ideas to raised money in order to help renovate the house in Angoon, Alaska. We had lot of ideas in what to do but because time was an issue we couldn’t do all of our ideas. We struggle in the beginning because we didn’t know what to do and what events to make happen. So we had one place to start and that was by assigning roles to everyone. The roles depended on how big the event was and how much time we had for that event and if it was possible too. So by letting those team mates do their research to see if the event was possible, we figured that we didn’t need to do all the event listed on the first day we meet as the Alaskan Dash. From the first day we meet our ideas stay the same because we only had one goal and that was to help raised money to rebuild the house is Angoon, Alaska. We didn’t do everything we said we were going to do. An example is that some of us don’t have a mentor. But I find that not to be important. In the beginning we wanted to make the entire event as big as possible. So, when we did our first event which was the cornhole tournament, we didn’t have enough people to fill the bracket. But luckily we had a strategy of what to do if we didn’t had enough people. That was to fill up one side and we have the people that lost go to the other side of the bracket that wasn’t fill up with team names. I think it workout good because we still managed to get things done in a professional way. I think we have done a great job of what we have accomplish because planning an event is not easy as I thought it would be. I think things that only change were how we communicated because the first semester we didn’t communicated as a group that well and I think we really have kick into gears the second semester. I think our project is revolutionary because I have never seen anyone help to rebuild a house in another state or country. I think helping people do this kind of staff is great because I know for sure that I can’t go to Angoon, Alaska and help them in person but I know I can help them by raising the money to rebuild the house. I think a success we had as a group was finishing our first event because that shows the work we did in nine weeks or school quarter. And it shows how we work as a group. As in right now I am not satisfied because we hadn’t had our second event done but were getting close to finishing and I think is going to be a successful one. I don’t think I could of done anything different because it’s just time playing in the picture but we’ll get that event done. I wish I would have know how to plan events in the beginning of the project because that would help a lot in time. I think this project has giving me the opportunity to meet amazing people. I think being in the group I am will play a role of what I will be doing in the future, whether that helping people rebuild their house or being a mentor to a senior doing their project. This project has giving me the opportunity to practice my communication skill, and I think that’s always going to help me in the future.


Andrew Millspaugh Senior Project Reflection Our project group “The Alaskan Dash” spent time planning and hosting a cornhole tournament, as well as a carwash. With the money we raised, we sent supplies to a small town called Angoon, located off the cost of Alaska. These supplies are going to be used to rebuild a house used by missionaries that has become rundown. When we first started our project we planned to have multiple fundraisers in order to maximize profits, however after talking to multiple contacts and completing one of our fundraisers we realized that we would only need about two fundraisers, so we narrowed them down to the cornhole tournament and the carwash. The cornhole tournament and donations have yielded upwards of five hundred dollars, and after we finish the carwash we should have at least eight hundred dollars. Our project was effective, but isn’t what I would call revolutionary. Raising money has been done since the beginning of time as far as senior projects are concerned, and sending the money far away isn’t much different. However this is a senior project that must be completed before graduation, and how revolutionary it is takes backseat to all other aspects of the project. The cornhole tournament was a success, we brought in many paying customers and many of them even bought raffle tickets. Everyone in our group all showed up early on a Saturday morning to work. This allowed us to set up quickly and efficiently, which kept customers from leaving because we were not ready. Aside from the tournament, our contact with community partners was very professional and effective. We made contact with our partners and quickly set up a venue, as well as a date on which we could use it. The only thing that I wish I had known at the start of the project is how to effectively have our senior project meetings. We wasted a lot of time at the beginning of the project just trying to gather everyone before class ended. All in all, I felt satisfies with our project and I don’t think that I would change anything given the chance. Having completed this project with my group I now know that I have the ability to create and complete projects like this on my own. In a future career, I will at some point have to take initiative and lead a project. When this time comes, I will be able to think back on this senior project and use the different steps that we took to complete the project. This senior project will be helpful in the long run, and other students should definitely do a senior project.

Jordan Patterson Senior Project Reflection The basic idea for the Alaskan Dash is to fundraise for renovating a house in Angoon, Alaska. I stay in the house when I go to Alaska for a summer basketball mission trip and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year. The house is in dire need of some maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. Our goal was to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. I did this project because the people in Angoon, Alaska were always welcoming to me and I want to give back to the village. Part of the reason the project was revolutionary was because it is giving back to people that give so much to me and other visitors of Angoon, but it also is giving back to a community far beyond Columbus. As far as our initial goal compared to our outcome goes, we did not do nearly as much as what we hoped for. We planned and bit off much more than what we could chew. We originally planned over 15 activities, and we ended up only doing about four. It was a really eye opening experience to how much work fundraising requires. I wish I would have known how much it was back in the beginning. This was my first time leading fundraising events. If I were to do it again I would have stuck to our original plan more by having more people in charge of different things instead of all focusing on one or two things. There was also a period


where we didn’t meet as much as normal and that slowed us down a little bit. I am somewhat pleased with how revolutionary the project was. The corn hole tournament did not cost us a single cent when normal fundraising events have at least some renting costs. We also had a very decent turnout of people and had a blast through the whole thing. The tournament was also revolutionary because we had a chili cook off provided by the environmental science class. In between games, one could go buy some chili that helped another class project. I think the tournament was the most successful part of the project. The car wash will be revolutionary because we will offer community service for those who come and volunteer. Our original minimum money goal was $500 and we raised over $800 with the carwash to come later in April. My project will definitely help me in the future. I will start my payments for my summer Alaska trip very soon and the money we raised will help lower the total price for me and the other people who are going on the trip.

Ashley Taylor Senior Project Reflection The revolutionary idea for the Alaskan Dash was to fundraise for renovating a house in Angoon, Alaska. Jordan, one of our group members, stays in the house when he goes to Alaska for a summer basketball mission trip and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year as well. The house is in dire need of some maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. Our goal is to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. We decided to do this because the people in Angoon were always welcoming to the visitors of the village, and we want to give back to their community. At the beginning of the project we had many ideas and plans on how we were going to go about raising the funds to meet our goal. From then until now, those plans have changed largely. In the end, our group decided to raise funds by hosting a corn hole tournament and reach out towards the community and local businesses for support. I think overall, our group and myself was pleased with the overall project in general. It fit into the revolutionary aspect of projects like most are at Columbus Signature Academy. Throughout the overall project we experienced both times of great work and struggles. Some of the most successful parts were hosting the corn hole tournament and being able to collaborate and work as a really good group. Overall I think we were all satisfied with the project and reached our goal. Along the way, we did have some difficulties though. Our group had scheduling issues in when we were able to meet as well some of us being able to step back and not take the leadership role as we usually would. This project was a different experience than most we are involved in and I think it was able to let us make some really great decisions and succeed. This project is a great example on how to go about tackling the Senior Project, especially to the underclass man. It gives examples on what to do and what not to do. In the end, I think everyone was pleased to complete the project and successfully reach our goal.


Codi Tulloch Senior Project Reflection The basic idea for the Alaskan Dash is to fund raise for renovating a house in Angoon, Alaska. Jordan stays in the house when he goes to Alaska for a summer basketball mission trip and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year as well. The house is in dire need of some maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. Our goal is to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. We are doing this because the people in Angoon were always welcoming to the visitors of the village, and we want to give back to them. After noticing that we will have to raise a huge amount of currency to complete this project, our next step was to look at the big picture of this project. Also we had to visualize what the project should look like in the end. From past experience, we know that fundraising takes a lot of work, time, and collaboration. As a group we collaborated most of the school year on fund raising ideas. Half way through planning events we realized that we had way over our head in ideas. We had come up with a Toby Mack concert idea, but we needed more than a few months to arrange something that large of a scale. When coming up with a project that was revolutionary, I had other ideas in mind. Joining the Alaskan Dash group at the last minute seemed interesting and exciting. After we signed our group contracts I began questioning the revolution that was going to come out of the project. Raising money to upgrade a house is not revolutionary in my opinion. After reaching our fund raising goal, we felt relieved. Our biggest accomplishment was the day of our cornhole tournament. As a group we had a fair amount of people come to socialize and have a good time. In my personal opinion we did a very good job. We could have advertized in a more eďŹƒcient way, but we now we know how to change our advertizing methods in the future. This project does not really relate to my future goals that I have set for myself. When reflecting on myself personally and what I like to do to help others, this project fits right in. I love helping other whenever I can and whatever I can do to help I will jump in. raising money for a home in Alaska for missionaries to stay at is more than a rewarding feeling. It feels good to know that when people get back to the house from ministering or home from their destination they can have a nice place to stay at that is in good condition.

Diego Ventura Senior Project Reflection The basic idea for the Alaskan Dash was to fundraise for the renovation of a house in Angoon, Alaska. Jordan Patterson, one of our group members, stays in the house when he goes to Alaska for a summer basketball mission trip and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year as well. The house is in dire need of some maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. Our goal was to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. We are doing this because the people in Angoon were always welcoming to the visitors of the village,


and we want to give back to them. For our project we hosted a cornhole tournament at St. Peters Lutheran School, which is the school our group member, Jordan Patterson, went to when he was younger. At the beginning stages of our project we knew that we were to raise money, and we had ideas to go about doing so. What we didn’t know was that we would have to work around everyone’s schedules outside of school, and also our schedules at school. We had ideas of hosting silent auctions, small concerts, a movie night, and a car wash. The best we could arrange for doing was a later proposed idea of hosting a cornhole tournament. We are also currently planning the hosting of a car wash, which was one of our original ideas, as an extra part to our project. We called it a way to celebrate and have some fun together as a team. We are pleased with the project we did together, because we knew we worked together even after the struggles of getting around our different schedules. Most of our struggles involved getting the word out about the tournament we hosted, and making sure we fit the date around a time all of our group members could serve at the event as well. We thought the turn out for our event was very successful. Since we considered getting word out as a struggle, we did not expect such great turn out, but luck came by and made that doubt a success. We feel satisfied with our project, but we have also mentioned things we would have done differently. Like mentioned, we originally had many events in mind that we wanted to host, but due to each member’s daily schedules we had some struggle getting around it. If we would have known that before the beginning of our project we would have had enough time to work around the obstacle, and gotten more events in our final project. I aspire to be a Cardiothoracic surgeon when I’m older, but before that I have much to learn. Part of that learning process involves giving to other, as well as doing for others. The university that I will be attending requires that I prepare myself in the values that they look for in their med students. One of those values involves serving the people. I believe this project has helped me develop an interest in serving others, by knowing that the work I’m doing will benefit a small community in Alaska. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with a team for almost an entire school year, and that collaboration is looked at with respect in the university I will be attending.


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THE ALASKAN DASH! JORDAN PATTERSON

My senior project will be focused on fundraising for renovating a house in Alaska. I stay in the house when I go to Alaska and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year. The house is in dire need of some maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. My goal is to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. I am doing this because the people in Angoon, Alaska were always welcoming to me and I want to give back to the village. If you are interested in helping me please feel free to talk to me. Thank you!

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us

Jordan Patterson 812-350-7884 12pattersonj@students.bcsc.k12.in.us


Jordan Patterson 12700 E 400 S Elizabethtown, IN 47232 2/8/12 (Receiving Address) To whom it may concern, Hello my name is Jordan Patterson and I am a senior at Columbus Signature Academy. As part of my graduation requirements, I must complete a group senior project. Together with six other students, we are fundraising in order to renovate a house in Angoon, Alaska. I stay in the house when I go to Alaska for a summer basketball mission trip and many other groups of people stay there throughout the year. The house is in dire need of maintenance work. The siding needs replaced, some drywall and sinks need replaced, and all of the carpet will eventually need replaced. Our goal is to raise money to buy the supplies for the renovations of the house. I am doing this because the people in Angoon, Alaska were always welcoming to me and I want to give back to the village. As part of our fundraising, we hope that your company would be willing to support us financially and/or with prizes for our raffle in our project to improve the community of Angoon, Alaska. Thank you for your time, Jordan Patterson and The Alaskan Dash Team


2012 SP Alaskan Dash  

CSA Senior Project

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