Sophomore Angie McComb ran a half marathon for her passion project.
Sophomore Angie McComb ran a half marathon for her passion project.
Sophomore Lab Anh Hoang attended Stuart's karate classes.
Sophomore Lab Anh Hoang attended Stuart’s karate classes for her Personal Project.

by Mena Mohamed

On Monday night, the library was transformed into a holding place for the sophomore’s Middle Years Program personal projects. For those unfamiliar with the program, the MYP is designed to assess students on their reflection and critical thinking skills through their sophomore year of high school.

The personal project is conducted through the English classes at Stuart, and is an extensive process that requires creativity and reflection as students create, master or explore a concept or skill.

“The benefit of the program is two-fold. For one, it’s a great way to learn how to research and project management. Secondly, the students are passionate about something and the results can be incredible,” said librarian Lisa Gunther.

The fair was a way for students to showcase their projects to their friends and families.

“The process is a great chance to explore new things you want to do. We’re very proud of our sophomores this year and we were excited to see what they brought to the table,” said MYP coordinator Tor Strom.

The exemplar projects this year included everything from creating a new musical instrument to learning karate to running a half marathon.

“The Personal Project really helped me explore my love of running, and although it was difficult, I really enjoyed it,” said sophomore Angie McComb.