Campbell Seniors and the Community Meet for One Last Time

May 18, 2018


by Len Lathrop

Senior Projects at Campbell High School have been a tradition since 2003. Originally planned as a gateway for students to prepare for possible careers, it has morphed into a means of giving students focus and a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

According to Lynn Gnaegy, one of the Senior Project advisors, “It is truly a great way to see how all students can share their passions outside the classroom:

Working together Hannah Douglas and Emily Mailhiot spent the winter teaching special needs students how to ski and snowboard and prepare for the Winter Special Olympics.

Sarah Stagnone worked with the Manchester Animal Shelter to help with needs that the homeless animals required including making pillows and blankets for the homeless critters.

Many of the projects revolved around events at the school. Madelyn Trevains has organized a tribute in memory of Dr. Andrea Ange with a service and a tree planting. Zach Drouin organized the Mr. CHS event.

At the end of their junior year, students submit a written proposal, obtain a mentor, and log over 40 hours of work on their projects before submitting their presentations to an evaluating team the spring of their senior year. Many of the projects relate to school or community service with professionals from the community serving as mentors.

The most impressive thing to me is the significant contributions the students make, not just to their school and local community, but all over the country as well through their senior projects,” reported Ryan Keller, another advisor of the Senior Projects.

“For instance, several of the seniors, led by Osten Andersen, have painted and refurbished the men’s locker rooms with private donations, which was incredibly needed, while Gabbi Sott has traveled to Appalachia, Va., to help rebuild houses in one of the poorest communities in the country.” Not only did she work with her hands she also raised $3,000 for the supplies needed for the repairs.

Jessica Bedard named her project “Cuddles for Kids” where she made 31 blankets for gravely ill children in Boston hospitals via the Jimmy Fund.

Working during a girls’ fall ball program at Darrah field, Camryn Wirbal and Lauren McInerney spent eight weeks coaching skill development for girls from 7 to 11 years old.