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Seniors shine at symposium

Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology held a senior symposium showcasing senior projects Thursday; here's a look at some projects


Zhanna Slivkova

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Zhanna Slivkova

Zhanna Slivkova said she wanted to give back to the elderly in the community, especially those who are lonely and seem forgotten. So last summer, she gathered children in her neighborhood and volunteered at French Prairie Nursing & Rehabilitation. She also held a cinnamon roll fundraiser; she donated the $200 in proceeds to French Prairie Nursing.

Agustin Perez

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Agustin Perez

Agustin Perez has been taking Taekwondo classes for years, and he recently earned his black belt. This inspired him to teach lessons to students in middle school and younger for his senior project. Reflecting on his work, he said he learned different tactics for keeping students engaged at different ages. He also gained more respect for his instructors.

Iridian Mendez

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Iridian Mendez

Iridian Mendez did her senior project on informing the public about eating disorders. She was motivated to pursue this subject because of her personal battle with anorexia and bulemia, something she is still dealing with, she said. She led discussions at Family University, making sure parents learn the warning signs of these eating disorders.

Liliana Morales

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Liliana Morales

Liliana Morales hoped to raise awareness in the community about autism. She picked the topic because her 9-year-old brother has autism and the family wasn’t sure how to work with him at first. She spoke at parent events in hopes of educating the public, especially Hispanic families, about how to help children with autism. She added that her brother is an inspiration.




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