Tri-County Holds Senior Project Fair & Announces Award Winners

Tri-County RVTHS held its annual Senior Project Fair in the high schools’ gymnasium.  The event was held for seniors to showcase their amazing innovations to the community as they applied the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in their career programs toward developing their Senior Project.  Four seniors were recognized for their superior creativity and design.  They are:

1st Place:  Christopher Perno of Bellingham - Construction Craft Laborers for his Outdoor Fireplace    

2nd Place:  Marilyn DuValley of North Attleboro - Carpentry for her Wooden Tableware

3rd Place:  Jack Sullivan of Franklin - Graphic Communications for his Stop Motion Video

The Student Colleague Choice Award - Ally Bettencourt of North Attleboro - Carpentry for her Guitar

The Senior Project is a capstone project for all Tri-County students. In their junior year, students must research a topic which partners with their trade program area but is outside of the curriculum. Under the direction of their English instructors they take that information and produce an extensive research paper. They then develop and manufacture a product that is relevant to their research.

Vocational instructors provide assistance and advice during the development of the product, as well as the research process. The completed product must reflect a minimum of 40 hours of work, which is provided during senior year in the final week of November and first week of December.  Students turn in their finished products in January. The seniors present their products to a panel of industry professionals and Tri-County faculty members.  The top three products from each Career Program are then selected to be displayed during the Senior Project Fair.

“In order to be successful in the modern workplace as well as in college, our graduates must master this integration process,” said Mary Ellen MacLeod, Director of Cooperative Education.  “The Senior Project serves as a vehicle for Tri-County students to develop and exhibit these vital skills while putting them into real-life practices. We believe the community has been inspired and in awe of what our students have achieved.”