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Dear Judges, my name is Sean Potente, and my senior project was on beekeeping. I decided to do my senior project on this for a variety of reasons. My first was because since a very young age I have had a rather large fear of things that had wings and could sting me. It didn’t matter if it was a bee, a wasp, or a hornet. If it had wings and a stinger it gave me anxiety. The following reason is because I was incredibly interested in the whole science of beekeeping. I found it mesmerizing to know how efficient they were and why keeping them was so beneficial. As fascinating as all this was I also had heard about the ongoing crisis we are facing with the Honey Bee. I knew they were disappearing and I knew it was an issue, but I wanted to see if beekeeping helped to prevent their disappearances. Little did I know how much I would soon accomplish when my project flew into motion. Before I knew it, I had loads of information for my many questions right at my fingertips. My senior project facilitator Terry Ross was a tremendous help at getting me to come out of my shell and not lose all control the minute I hear buzzing too close to my ear. He taught me when to see if they were being too aggressive, or if they had contracted illnesses. I learned how to build honey supers, and once built what the bees would do from there. I learned how and why smoking them was important when catching queens, searching for mites, or other parasites. Now I will say I have not become truly one hundred percent fearless of bees, but that isn’t to say that I’m less anxious and am always up to doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done. I have the courage to face my fear head on and leave with the knowledge that whatever injury I may obtain wouldn’t compare to the service I’d be doing for others. I soon found out though that I wasn’t just helping my local community by helping keep bees, because in a global sense I was helping our world. Honey Bees are magnificent creatures who help us with many services. They help to provide lots of our food supply, our clothes, even some medicines. They are a vital piece to our planet’s survival and it felt great to be a part of something that in a way helps everyone.