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517 Wooded Mountain Trail
Canton, GA 30114
13 March 2017
Judges, Senior Project
Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
Good afternoon! My name is Madelyn Dorn. I am currently seventeen years old (tomorrow, April 19th, I’ll be eighteen...yay!!). My family is my rock, and I love to just hang out with people who make me happy. I can not wait until I graduate highschool, meet new people in college and start the next chapter in the rest of my life. For my senior project I chose to plan and pull off a small baseball tournament to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. My parents raised me at ballparks, and I spent hours upon hours of my life watching my little brother baseball, the sport he loves. Organizing and planning events has always been something I enjoyed doing, so I figured I’d be able to turn it into a career!
I chose to research the influence on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) influence on the United State’s economy for my paper. Professional sports in general tend to generate a huge amount of income. Let me just say, the MLB as a whole makes a huge amount of revenue. Because of construction for fields, selling merchandise, and numerous events, MLB creates so many jobs for the American people. Along with providing jobs, it also gives American’s something to do and somewhere to spend their money.
My product is the baseball tournament itself. I had to gather three teams together and organize a one day round robin tournament and at the tournament people are welcome to donate to Wounded Warrior Project. Since I did a small baseball tournament to raise money, I wanted to see what the sport could do finance-wise on a much larger scale, which is where my idea for the research paper came into play. During the process of planning, I’ve had to push myself greatly by communicating with people, and keeping track of all the moving parts at once. Weather can also throw you a curveball too. Thank you, Mother Nature, for bringing rain the original day I planned everything for.
In today’s society, event planning makes very decent money. Having been a great multitasker and fairly organized all my life, I figured event planning might be the career for me. After completing this project, I realized otherwise. I am not so much a people person, and asking people to volunteer their time to help me was very difficult. I do enjoy the analytical portion of organizing and keeping everything straight, but I think my heart belongs in a more mathematical environment. Numbers are what I am best at dealing with.
I am thankful that Senior Project taught me that event planning is not for me. A college degree in communications or hospitality would have been a waste for me, but now I have a better idea of what direction I want my life to head. Thank you, judges, for graciously spending your valuable time helping us, the young teenagers who are about to embark on the rest of our lives. It is greatly appreciated.