North Cross School has a long tradition of a senior project known as the “senior speech” and more recently as the “DeHart Project”, named in honor of a retired English teacher, Mr. Gates DeHart. The DeHart Project is a culminating capstone endeavor that captures the essence of a North Cross School education. The end result of the DeHart Project is a public address to the entire Upper School student body and faculty as well as families and friends.
Each senior delivers a speech at assembly that is based upon academic research and a written research paper of at least ten pages. Seniors are paired with a faculty advisor as they read and research a topic of the senior’s choosing. This project highlights the ability of North Cross School students to read, research, organize, write, and then confidently deliver a fifteen minute speech and presentation to a crowd approaching two-hundred people. The speech is frequently accompanied by the use of audio-visual materials, video clips, props, surveys, and other creative methods to engage the audience and display or share the material in a more complete manner.
The skills for this speech have been honed over the years with North Cross School’s emphasis on critical reading and writing, an ability for students to create and defend a hypothesis, and for students to explore an area of interest and then share their insights persuasively through both the written and spoken word. Recent DeHart Project topics by members of the senior class have included: gene therapy, hydrogen as a fuel of the future, the secularization of music, the impact of the fast food industry, and the evolution and application of “sabermetrics.”
This year's presentations to date (in no particular order):
Those presentations marked with an * were recorded via audio. To listen, log into onCampus and search for the DeHart community group. Names in red indicate a link to a Crossties story.