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My name is William Jordan, a senior currently enrolled here at Etowah High School, on track for graduation in 2017. My overall goal for the past four years here at this school have been to graduate with my class and to later go on to college and pursue a degree. However, another goal of mine was to learn as much as I could, and to find something that truly interests me and males me wish to pursue it further. I found that out of all the subjects I had come to study, rocketry interested me the most. So, for my senior project, I built rockets and studies the benefits of further space exploration.
The topic of my paper was chiefly the benefits of the advancements of space exploration. I chose this topic out of both lifelong interest in space, and frustration at budget cuts at NASA, hindering further research to be done. The main issue that was discussed in my paper was the wrongful cuts to funding that space programs have received, and why funneling more funds into research would ultimately be beneficial to mankind as a whole. A few of the reasons that I had included in my supporting arguments were that the business applications applicable to space would benefit economies back on earth, the need to discover inhabitable land if an event renders Earth uninhabitable by humans any longer, and the need to explore and chart the galaxy if we are ever to want to understand the universe.
The product that went along with my research were model rockets that could easily be flown and tested by myself. As I could not actually build a real rocket with human inhabitation, I built the model as an example to show how humans could get into space if necessary for a certain situation. The rockets themselves took quite a while to make, as each rocket contained essential pieces, which, if not assembled correctly, would jeopardize their own launches and render them unusable. I found a challenge in creating the rockers more than launching them, as the construction of such delicate products tested my patience and attention to detail, many times frustrating me. However, in the end, it was worth it to see my models fly, and all the work put into them was exemplified by their nearly perfect launches.
Both my product and my paper could be applied to many real-world careers and areas of study. For example, almost any studies in engineering could lead to an aeronautics or rocket designing occupation, as well as jobs such as being a pilot, launch analysist, and even astronaut. Although there are opportunities that arise with the study of rocketry, I myself will not be pursuing this field. I found the work to be not to my liking in the end, resulting in my wish not to pursue rocketry any farther than my senior project. I plan on enrolling at the University of North Georgia come spring of 2018 to pursue a degree in History.
I have learned many things about myself during this project, such as a new-found sense of patience and a harder work ethic. I would like to that you for your time to read this letter, and I fully hope that you enjoy my presentation.