We are very happy to continue a new initiative specifically for seniors: the Oratory Prep Senior Project (OPSP). The OPSP will be an opportunity for our seniors to direct their own learning experience before they move on to college and career. Options include:
- Independent research on an academic area of interest, approved and guided by an OP staff member, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation.
- Use of a student’s knowledge and talents to engage in a creative project, via the arts, sciences, etc., culminating in a newly developed piece that can be displayed, performed, or demonstrated.
- Real-world learning through an internship opportunity, documented through a weekly log and a supervisor evaluation.
- Learning the value of giving back through community service, documented through a weekly log and a supervisor evaluation.
Our hope is that our seniors pursue a passion or interest in a way not normally offered through a traditional classroom experience. Seniors could choose to investigate key figures from the Age of Enlightenment, the works of their favorite author, or the history of the Negro Leagues and their impact on American society. Maybe some will choose to compose and perform an original piece of music, direct a short film, build a working robot, or conduct a biotechnology experiment. Some seniors will undoubtedly choose to gain some experience in potential future fields of employment, such as assisting at a law office, shadowing a friend or relative in business, or offering to freelance for a local newspaper. And while most of our seniors have engaged in community service during their time at OP, there are certainly opportunities to go further, to explore what it means to be Catholic, to help those less fortunate, and perhaps even to explore a future in service.
The possibilities are vast, and our staff and our Board of Trustees are already working to develop connections that may open some doors and provide some opportunities for our seniors.