Class of 2019 shows off growth and talent at Senior Capstone Night

About 75 Senior Capstone projects were on display at Senior Capstone Night where Winters High School seniors presented their hard work and impressed with their insight, talent and courage to try new things.
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About 75 Senior Capstone projects were on display at Senior Capstone Night where Winters High School seniors presented their hard work and impressed with their insight, talent and courage to try new things. The theme of projects spanned from crafting and photography; training for a half marathon to yoga certification; Autism awareness and making blankets for children experiencing stress; event planning and school tradition; music and art based to building model rockets and greenhouses. Other projects were more career focused including: barbershop and hair stylist apprenticeships to eyebrow threading; realtor experience, veterinary intern; agriculture education, campaign experience and electrician training. Ricardo Corrales said he chose to learn how to become a residential electrician. He previously had built a robot and used coding in an engineering class and took it to the next level. He said learning the code symbols used in the industry and reading up on everything was a challenge. He built a showcase of different wiring including a light bulb and different light sockets that powered up.     Daniel Carrion took on an orchard management capstone project where he actively worked to help with irrigation, pruning and other orchard required maintenance. “I’m a third generation farmer and knew I’d like to do something with Ag,” said Carrion. Carrion plans to study Crop Sciences in college and said the experience from his Capstone Project has helped him to narrow it down to a goal of working toward becoming an Agricultural Pest Control Adviser in his future. He said he learned about the importance of trying to balance life, school and sports and he now feels more confident in his ability to do so. Luis Magallanes was inspired to build dog houses out of recycled wood after watching a show on television about homeless dogs. He built three different sized dog houses from wood and learned about how to use power tools like a circular saw and an electric drill. With plans of going to Universal Technical Institute he said his project was a good first step to help him toward a career in collision repair. “This project helped me grow my confidence and people skills,” Magallanes said. Sivert Svarstad, an American Field Service exchange student from Norway, took on learning how to play American football to challenge himself for his Capstone Project. Svarstad said he has played soccer all his life but had never played American football nor knew how to play. After his arrival to Winters in August he set to work. “I decided on this because it was such a big part of American culture,” Svarstad said. With a goal of wanting to play two quarters in a WHS varsity football game he set to work to learn the ins and outs of the game. His host dad, Mike Olivas, helped him outside of football practices and before the end of the season Svarstad achieved his goal. His final stats included playing in seven games, 24 tackles and two sacks with an average of 3.4 tackles a game played. “I loved it! I had a lot of funMore fun than I expected,” said Svarstad. ]]>

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