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SHS community service projects
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Benjamin Taylor: African American Poetry - photo by Special

Seniors at Statesboro High are required to take on a community service project during their final year. Statesboro Herald correspondent Roger Allen worked with the school to gather information on the senior projects completed during the spring. Allen also looked more closely at three of the projects.

Kristina Bonham: Ronald McDonald House
    Kristina Bonham just completed her senior year at Statesboro High and she is not your typical Bulloch County student.
    Kristina was born in Russia, and was adopted by her parents, Steve Bonham and Kathy Reagan, at the age of 8. She has lived in Statesboro ever since.
    She has three brothers: Alex, who is 17 and a rising senior at SHS; Sam, who is 21 and lives in Washington state; and Russ, who is a student at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.
    Kristina has many talents, one of which is her ability to run fast. As such, she was part of the cross-country track team her whole career at SHS, and was co-captain her senior year.
    Kristina is also a National Honor Society graduate, having taken numerous Honors courses at SHS along with Advanced Placement Biology.
    She chose to do her senior project on the “Ronald McDonald House” which is attached to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
    For the project, she focused on the positive outcomes at the house, which helps families with children battling cancer. In order to learn about its day-to-day functions, Kristina volunteered to work at the Ronald McDonald House, there she worked alongside Carol Boyd, the volunteer coordinator.
    Boyd said of Bonham, “Kristina was one of the hardest-working and tireless people we have ever had help out at the house. She did everything she was asked to do and much more. On top of that, she was ever so kind and compassionate to our patients, all of whom are very ill.”
    Kristina participated in the very-first-ever “Red Shoes Run” fundraiser at the Savannah house. According to Bonham, there were games, food, and fun for everyone. The event was attended by thousands of people, and raised over $20,000 to support the Savannah house.
    She then wrote a research paper, in which she shared the results of her study. Two of the most important are that the Ronald McDonald House provides easy access for the families of sick children, and that the house gives the families of those children their own personal space while they are away from home.
    She plans to attend East Georgia College at Georgia Southern University at first, and then transfer to Armstrong Atlantic State University where she wants to enter the Pediatric Nursing program.
    Her dream, she says, is to get married, begin raising a family, and adopt another young girl from the same orphanage in Russia from whence she came.

Rachel Nevil: Dangers of Underage Drinking
    As a young Christian, Rachel Nevil said she chose to do her senior project on the “Dangers of Underage Drinking in a College Community.”
    Raised by her parents, Jill and Jamie Nevil, Rachel has two brothers: Samuel, age 5; and James, age 13. They live out towards Register.
    In her four years at Statesboro High, Nevil has been on the school’s tennis team, and was captain for her senior season. She also won the award as most valuable player on the team.
    Academically, Nevil is a National Honors Society graduate, and has taken four Advanced Placement courses: U.S. and World History; Language, and Literature.
    Her senior project entailed doing a lot of research on underage drinking at colleges.
    Nevil said, “I figured it would be a good idea to prepare a presentation that would warn the seniors what could happen to them if they went off to college without having given their safety some thought. I knew that drinking was a problem, but even I didn't know just how bad it was.”
    Nevil wrote a research paper, and gave a PowerPoint presentation to a gathering of some 100 SHS seniors. The outcomes Nevil reported on were both astonishing and very disturbing.
    They included the facts about college drinking that while intoxicated: 696,000 were assaulted; 97,000 were victims of date rape; 599,000 were injured; and 400,000 admitted having unprotected sex. Finally, she reported that 1,700 students died because of being intoxicated.
    Nevil even arranged for a special speaker for the presentation. Ron Huckaby, Special Agent in Charge of the Savannah District of the Georgia Department of Revenue's Alcohol and Tobacco Division.
    Huckaby dispelled a number of popular misconceptions about being arrested for “Driving Under The Influence” (or “DUI'”). One of them was that the record of arrests for drinking when you are underage would be permanently erased from your police record when you become 18 years of age.
    He then warned students that after you get two “DUI's”, the third “DUI” becomes an “aggravated misdemeanor” with up to 12 months in jail, and the fourth “DUI” becomes a felony, which requires between one and five years of prison time.
    Nevil said she will attend the University of Georgia, where she expects to pursue a degree in pharmacology in the university's College of Pharmacy.

Benjamin Taylor: African American Poetry
    Benjamin Taylor just completed his senior year at Statesboro High School. He said his mom, Danita Chenault, who is one of the Evangelists at Mission Outreach Industries in Statesboro, has played a pivotal role in his life.
    He has an older sister, Shakena, who works at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and an older brother, Anthony, who is a senior in business management at Georgia Southern University.
    Born in Orlando, Benjamin's family moved to Statesboro in 1999. Taylor was a standout football defensive end and tackle and was named to the All-Region football team in 2009.
    Academically, he is an Honor Roll student. Taylor said he became fascinated with Geology while taking courses at SHS and especially liked studying Earth Sciences.
    Taylor started writing poetry at a very young age, when, as he put I, “I was old enough to pick up a pen.”
    He said that most of his poetry is based on the story of his life's struggles and his experiences.
    Taylor chose for his senior project the subject of African American Poetry. He first designed a poster and then wrote an in-depth research paper on the subject of Black Poetry.
    Then, he set up a performance with students at William James Middle School, where he shared his poetry set to music with classes of sixth grade students. Taylor's work was so popular he has been invited back several times to perform to other classes of students.
    When he decided to play an instrument he first started playing the piano, but quickly changed to playing the guitar and the drums. Taylor said he really prefers playing the guitar most of all.
    He began writing his own music, and put his poems to music. Eventually, he grew confident enough to mix both of his talents and perform at his church. He just started visiting other area churches to share his story.
    He sings a “Gospel Rap,” in which he shares his life's struggles mixed with a message of hope and a deep abiding faith in God.
    Lately, Taylor said has been going online to the “Glogster” website, where he regularly posts his latest work and awaits peoples' comments.

Statesboro High Senior Projects

Alex    Acosta   
The Advantage of Music as an Extra-Curricular Activity
Lakesha Allen
    Teenage Obesity
Candace Anthonty
    The evolution of forensic science in crime scene investigations
Katelyn Bailey
    The dangers of sexting/video discussing the dangers of sexting
Matt    Beaudoin
    A comparison of Western and Eastern Religions
    Leeana Besser
    No-kill animal shelters/ presentation of information to the Bulloch Co. Animal Shelter
    NoraA Billups
    The history of vampires in film and literature / showing changes of the image of vampires
    Casey Blackburn
    The effectiveness of Rehab for the Addict
    Tyler    Blanchard
    The History of Guitar Making
    Nicole Blaylock
    Future planning for the autistic student
    Kristina Bonham
    The Ronald McDonald House
    Adrian Bowen
    The effect of Hip-Hop on the youth of today / web blog and video blog
    Christopher Bowens
    How to Select the Right Bike
Elisabeth Bowling
    Human trafficking in the sex industry / website warning of dangers
    Rahem Brack
    School violence in Georgia / tri-board
Amber Braswell
    Irish traditions and customs / cooking a traditional meal
    Darren Brinson
    Sports and discipline/talking to athletes about how athletics shapes a person's life
    Breanna Brown
    Breast Cancer Awareness
    Felicia Brown
    How high school drop-outs affect the community /share info with advisement group
    Tevin    Burke
    African-American inventors / powerpoint for history class
    Laci Bustle
    Paranormal Activity in Charleston, SC
    Tia Butler
    Breast cancer prevention and awareness / powerpoint for health classes
    Tony Byrd
    The Great Depression Compared to Our Present Economic Status
    Brittiny Calles
    Why African American Women Have the Highest Rate of AIDS
    Zachary Campbell
    The effects of the church in a community
    Candace Canty
    Poverty's influence on the formation of gangs/videotaped interview with the police chief
    Jose Carrasquillo
    How video games affect society/website with discussion forum
    Devin Cela
    Surviving ADHD
    Cassius Childers
    Teen suicide / classroom presentation with powerpoint
    Carolina Classens
    Should cults be considered religions?  / presentation to history classes
    Candice Cone
    Media Violence
    Eric Cone
    The effects of HIV/AIDS/powerpoint
    Todd    Cone
    Childhood obesity at the local, state and national levels / Work with CHILD organization
    Galen Costomiris
    The moral implications of the invasion of Iwo Jima / recording oral histories of veterans
    Rachel Crawford
    Becoming a Band Director
    Tiffany Deal
    Multiracial Adoptions
    Jennifer Deloach
    Breast Cancer: Its Emotional Effects
    Kelley Dessommes
    Political turmoil in Somalia/ powerpoint
    Victoria Digiorgio
    Senioritis:  How to Defeat It
    Chanel Dilworth
    Child Abduction
    James Dixon
    How Having a Job Affects Teen Grades
    William Doxey
    How to Choose the Best Car
    Haley Drake
    The Death Penalty
    Cristin Durden
    C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)
    Elliot Edwards
    Skills and traits of a conductor/ will take conducting lessons
    Christian Elliot
    ATTENDS PLC
    Charles Emert
    Greyhound abuse/ adoption of greyhound
    Quiesha Evans
    How the Brain is affected by drugs
    Matthew Eziashi
    The Effects of Playing Video Games
    Anissa Fetzer
    Domestic Violence
    Kaitlyn Fischer
    Early detection / website for early detection
    Kelly    Fischer
    Domestic violence/collections for the local women's shelter
    To'Quansha Floyd
    How Single Parent families affect children
    Ryan Foskey
    Child Abuse
    James Fraley
    Restaurant Food Preparation and Safety
    Lacy Greenway
    The Many Sides of Pageantry
    Angela Griffen
    The psychological effects of child abuse / presentation to classes
    Philip Hagan
    Process analysis of restoration of 1967 Mustang / restoration of car
    Martaveous Hamilton
    Child Abuse
    Laquita Harvard
    Dog fighting / powerpoint for classes in school to show results of dog fighting
    Andrew Hendrix
    Choosing the Right Guitar
    Traci Hendrix
    Tattoos and the workplace / web site and blog
    Dustin Herb
    How to be a Manga writer in America / miniseries and website
    Walker Hill
    How to start a FIRST TEE organization in Bulloch County / website and golf instruction to children
    Derrick Hodge
    Body building and confidence building / working with a person to achieve positive results
    John Eddie Hodges
    The Differences between wood and composite bats
    Cameron Humphries
    The Effects of Music
    Shalonda Hunter
    The Effects of Suicide
    Brian Inman
    Video Game Violence / powerpoint
    Brandon Jackson
    Running and nutrition / website devoted to how diet complements training
    Jasmine Jackson
    Human Trafficking
    Tabria Jackson
    The Effects of Child Abandonment
    McKenzie Jacobs
    Animal Adoption
    Christopher Johnson
    Gun control on school campuses / speech in church about gun violence
    Darnisha Johnson
    Teen Suicide
    Jermaine Johnson
    Gang Violence
    Rachel Johnson
    Becoming an EMT / powerpoint and website
    Travion Joiner
    Crime in America / shared statistics with classes
    Am'Brelle Jones
    Teenage human trafficking / powerpoint
    Kianna Jones
    Damage of hair products on African-American hair / demonstration with cosmetology mannequins
    Ryan Jones
    ICU Nursing
    Travon Jordan
    The effects of Muscular Dystrophy/ speech to teachers in faculty meeting
    Ben Kalevela
    Writing a fiction novel/writing my own novel
    Witt Kennedy
    Music and the Brain
    Preslie Lewis
    Body dysmorphia / video that presents awareness of disorder
    Byron Linto
    Global Warming
    Dytavian Littles
    Graphic Design
    Whitney Lucas
    Child Abuse
    Chris Lusted
    Ash bats vs. Maple bats in Baseball
    Pratt Matthews
    Knife Making
    Brandon McNatt
    Our Economic Status
    Mathyn Miller
    The effects of dance on Children
    Brianna Mincey
    DNA: What Makes Our Bodies Unique?
    Cedric Mingas
    Graduation Rates: North vs South
    Lenaa Joi
    Moses    Event Planning
    Tayhlor Myers
    The effects of energy drinks/ visual aids (powerpoints, posters) around the school
    Virdiana Nava-Angeles
    Why Should Immigrants Get Driver Licenses?
    Rachel Nevil
    The dangers of underage drinking in a college community / speaker for prom week
    Paige Oliver
    The "anti-hero" in literature/presentation to AP Literature class
    Olivia Palomares
    Why are hate crimes against Latinos increasing? / three sessions with counselor to talk about violence
    Bhumi Patel
    Alternative therapies / Powerpoint
    Carly Phenis
    The impact of animal shelters on society / volunteer at shelter
    Joshua Piazza
    Health benefits of cycling / try to open a BMX facility in Statesboro
    Katelyn Pope
    The physical and emotional effects of Graves' disease / informational brochure about
Graves
    Biondi Rawls
    The Different Types of Financial Aid
    Alexander Rich
    Entrepreneurship: Creating Your Own Business
    Dominique Ricks
    Becoming a Certified Nuring Assistant/portfolio of information
    Brandon Roberts
    Process analysis of building an effective grill / build a grill for use on March 26 for Special Olympics
    Ansleigh Rowe
    Animal Cruelty/ Dog fighing
    Zach Rozelle
    Childhood Obesity
    Whitney Rushing
    Animal Experimentation
    Jordan Sanchez-Vesga
    Body modification in the workplace/create a blog
    Tanika Sapp
    The evolution of Hip Hop Dance
    Michael Shaw
    Balancing athletics and academics / collect data on hours spent in practice and in school
    Julie Shen
    The mental effect of immigration/ discussion with various cultures at the college
    Chaz Shiels
    How solar power can ease our oil dependency / make and demonstrate a solar panel
    Erin Smith
    Nursing home abuse and neglect / brochure for homes
    Khlid Smith
    Adoption:  Pros and Cons
    LeeKira Smith
    Relief for Haiti
    Sally Smith
    The basics of therapeutic riding / volunteer with Stirrup Some Fun
    Jeffrey Spells
    Racial profiling / powerpoint
Kayla Stanley
    The effect of alcohol abuse on children / blog
Deanthony Stevens
    The Negative Effects of Bullying
Jasmyne Summers
    How to Produce a Clothing Collection
Vanamey Sykes
    Learning disabilities/presentation to teachers
Antonio Taylor
    Human cloning / powerpoint for anatomy classes
Ben Taylor
    African American Poetry
    Pamela “Cree” Vickers
    Prevention of Childhood Diseases through Nutrition
    Charneisha Walden
    The effects of premature births
    Kelcey Walker
    How Advertisments affect us
    Giovanni Ward
    The effects of child abuse on the developmental stages of growth
    John     Washington
    Body dysmorphia / video that presents awareness of disorder
    Tishawn Washington
    Which Model of Truck Is the Best?
    Cheyenne Waters
    Animal Abuse
    Christy White
    The importance of having a sex education curriculum
    Deven White
    How to Build a Drum Set
    Jai-Shon Whitening
    The causes and effects of teen suicide on both the student and the parents / website
    Allen Wooden
    The effects of steroids / powerpoint for football team
    DaVenice Yates
    Child Sexual Abuse

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