An OS(t)EP to the next level

After spring break and as school nears its last few weeks and the senior class began to check out. As far as they’re concerned, they’ve made it through school and all the important things seem to be done and over with, except exams. However,- for some seniors, -the Orange Senior Exit Project (OSEP) is in full swing.

OSEP is part of CP English 12’s curriculum. Students must find a problem within their community and through research, make an evaluation to try and identify a solution. They then go out in the community and enact that solution.

“OSEP, to me, is a project where seniors are able to research and talk about something we’re really passionate about. It’s a really good time, especially when you have really great group members,” Natalie Sanchez, a senior participant of OSEP, said.

Seniors are given the option of working in a group or by themselves, and are given free access to do anything they want. By having this freedom to choose the OSEP projects, each one is different.

“The two issues we’re focusing on are world language education and immigration stigmas,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez and her group of Emma Storer and Tristan Nicol are focusing on world language because in the current system at Olentangy, language is not taught until after elementary school. It is actually harder to start in high school since the critical period for language is up until age 7 according to Sanchez. In addition, they also want to focus on how this plays a role in racial stigmas.

“We have decided to do a cultural awareness day, sort of like the multicultural fair. We're going to be able to teach kids about different cultures, get them excited about languages and learn how to be more open to things that are new and different,” Sanchez said.

Another interesting OSEP project is one by Olivia Caizza, Abby Cole, Madi Russell and Alyssa Baxter. They are focusing on studying neonatal and premature baby care. It's an important topic that isn't always in the news, according to Caizza.

“Every day, around 300,000 babies are born around the world and around .5 percent of them will be born premature. The cost and ethical ramifications of helping these premature babies have impacts on our economy and moral standings, and we felt that shedding light on these topics was important. The cost of having a child is around $12,000 in the first year and uninsured, a normal hospital birth can be around $9,000. Everything about having a child adds up, so we wanted to help out new mothers,” Caizza said.

As of right now, Caizza’s group has a Facebook page titled “Give A Little” in order to spread the news about their topic and plan. In addition to this, they also hope to start a baby supply drive.

“For our action project, we're starting a donation box for baby supplies… All of our donations go towards the Ronald McDonald house in hopes of improving the lives of new mothers,” Caizza said.

Information about all the OSEP Projects can be found in the back of the English wing where all the project ideas and plans are!

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