AP Seminar students present their case

AP Seminar students present their caseAP Seminar students present their case

Advanced Placement Seminar students (from left) Morgan Thrush, Abby Schwartz, Taylor Puccella, Zachary Pint and Jollyfisher Ekpe presented the results of their research to teacher Rachel Girman and their classmates.

By Gary Weckselblatt

Advanced Placement Seminar students presented their group projects in the high school's Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday.

The students spent the last month researching and writing on the topics they selected.

"This is a unique course where they learn to research intensively," said Rachel Girman, the AP Seminar teacher. "It's a course that undoubtedly prepares them for college, and makes their experience in college easier."

The topics the students chose were wide-ranging.

Jenna Blair, Abby Schwartz, Sarah Stofik and Morgan Thrush spoke about standardized testing, and whether it was an accurate means for measuring student achievement.

Jollyfisher Ekpe, Zachary Pint and Taylor Puccella originally were going to report on the death penalty. During their research, however, they decided judicial bias was a more worthy topic.

On Friday, Joseph Lock, Katerina Petrouna Hernandez and Olivia Williams presented on the Impact of climate change in North America.

Also Friday, Samuel Barndt, Zachary Pernia, Katherine McCarthy and Megan Woods discussed their findings on the cost benefit of countries having nuclear weapons.

Following Thursday's presentations, Girman said "You guys were awesome today. I'm spectacularly proud of you."

Gary Weckselblatt, director of communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or gweckselblatt@qcsd.org.

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