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116 Huey Barnes Lane
Canton, GA 30114
March 13, 2017
Judges, Senior Project
Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
My name is Hannah Weatherby and I am 18 years old. My goals in life are to help raise money so that one day there might be a cure for cancer, and I hope to graduate college with a degree in Early Childhood Education. When I was deciding what I wanted to do for my Senior Capstone Career Project, I was struggling to find a topic that interested me. I could not decide if I wanted to do something in a classroom with children, or if I wanted to do something with Relay for Life. I have always been involved with Relay for Life because my uncle and grandmother are cancer survivors, along with other close family and friends. I decided to combine my love for teaching and for Relay for Life to create my Senior Capstone Career Project. For my project, I am the co-captain of the Clayton Elementary School’s Relay for Life team.
For my research paper, I researched the top non-profit charities in the nation and what makes them successful. The charities that I researched were St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Cancer Society, and The American Red Cross. I learned a lot by researching these charities, I never realized how much work it takes to create a successful non-profit. There is tons of paperwork and fundraising. But, I think the most important thing that I learned is, to get the best results when starting a charity, it should be registered as a private and national charity.
My product for my Senior Capstone Career Project actually has not happened yet, but it was out of my control. Since I am the co-captain for Clayton Elementary School’s Relay team, my product is going to the Cherokee County Relay for Life on May 12th, 2017. If it was up to me, I would have scheduled the Relay for Life before April 18th, but the county schedules it and I could not change it. The Relay for Life relates to my research paper because all of the money raised from Relay for Life is donated to The American Cancer Society, and that is one of the charities I researched. There have been some obstacles as I have been preparing for Relay for Life. We wanted our theme for our campsite to be “Cat in the Hat”, but so many other teams had already chosen that theme, so we chose “Happy Birthday to You!”. Also, we thought we had a sponsor for our team, which would help our team raise a lot of money, but at the last minute the sponsor backed out. But overall, planning and getting ready for Relay for Life has been fun and exciting.
When I graduate college, I hope to become a teacher and while my Senior Capstone Career Project topic doesn’t seem like it is related directly to my career choice, it is related. When I become a teacher, I hope to be one of the teacher sponsors for the Relay for Life team at the school I work at. I want to get the children involved just like we have at Clayton Elementary. If I get the children involved in Relay for Life, I would be teaching them not only academics, but also how to care for people in their community. Working at Clayton Elementary with the Relay for Life team has taught me a lot. I learned that I am an organized person who loves planning things, and who loves working with children. That is why, my desire to become a teacher and sponsor Relay for Life fits me so well.
I have greatly enjoyed working on my Senior Project. Being at Clayton Elementary and working to help raise money for cancer research has been so rewarding. At this point in the year, our team has raised $1700 but our goal is $2000. If we raise the $2000, I know that the time I have put into my project was worthwhile. Senior project has shown me that my desire to become a teacher is the right path for me and that I would be a good teacher sponsor for Relay for Life. Thank you for your time.