All year long, the senior class has been diligently working towards Senior Exhibition Weekend—one of the culminating events of their Thacher career. Beginning in the fall, seniors work with a faculty research advisor to pick a topic for which they have deep interest and curiosity. Through the winter term they conduct extensive research, interviewing experts and developing their own perspective. Spring term shifts their focus towards honing months worth of research into a thirty-minute presentation. While some students are champing at the bit—having already decided on their topic in their freshman year—others are perhaps more reticent about the idea of delivering a thirty-minute presentation. However, all rise to the occasion come Senior Ex Weekend.
Last weekend, family and friends flocked to campus to cheer on the seniors as they assumed the mantle of teacher and expert. Proceedings commenced on Thursday evening with a celebratory "gala" dinner—complete with tablecloths and Martinelli's—immediately followed by the first exhibitions of the weekend. The presentations extend all day Friday and through Saturday at noon. Each year, the only major complaint is at the difficulty of choosing between concurrent presentations—nobody gets to see every single one.
The class of 2017 and their presentation topics:
Zion Alcindor—The Lived Experience of Black Students in Private Schools Jasmin Arculli—Coral Propagation Homa Bakhiet—How the CIA Started the Crack Epidemic Fiona Bean—Wolves: Predator or Prey Poppy Brittingham and Emma Freedman—Kumana Prize: Engineering Paper Waste Solutions Natasha Brown and Maya Wilcox—The Greater Good Project: Designing a Diversity Conference Tiffany Butler—The Nature of Conspiracy Theories Ronan Byrne—Sherpas: Everest's Dying Culture Mikayla Carrier—Sexual Orientation: Its Origin and Where We Are Now Karla Ceja—Tech and Toddlers: Growing Up Digital Bynk Chanuntranont—Introduction to Stock Picking: A Practical Approach Paul Choi—Comic Books: Influence and Reflection Upon U.S. History Audrey Cussen—Bias in Healthcare Maximilian Damon—Suicide and the Effects of High-Pressure Academic Environments on Students Alden DelVecchio—NSA Domestic Surveillance Sydeny de Polo—Comparing Catholic and Buddhist Perspectives and Rituals Surrounding Death Cara Dienst—The Rise of the Islamic State Isabelle Doubleday—The Causes and Psychology of False Convictions Faith Earley—"Plata o Plomo": An Entrepreneurial Analysis of the Medellin Cartel Andrew Eaton—How Trump Won Finn Ehringer—Pain Killers: Prescription Drugs Annie Everett—Family Psychology and the Implications of Birth Order Bob Farrelly—The Psychology of Cults Sophia Fung—The Panama Papers and the World of Illicit Offshore Banking Taylor Gaines—The Real World Benefits of Playing Video Games Edel Galgon—The Global Warming Hoax: How Politics Polluted Climate Science Brendan Glenn—How We Think About the End of the World Amanda Ibañez—Chicago: A Breeding Ground for Organized Crime and Corruption Evan Jackson—ADHD Medicine: Abuse as a Study Drug Laurence Jackson—The Racism of Real Estate Ryan Jackson—Soccer: Its Cultural Impact and Potential Implications in the U.S. Steven Jump—The Margins of Cherokee Identity: Who is a "Real" Indian? Karl Kelly—Transcendentalism in the 20th Century Libby Kern—Masculinity and Mental Health: How Patriarchy Can Harm Men Liam Kirkpatrick and Peter Schmidt—Kumana Prize: Environmental Legislation in California Jasmin Kim—"Comfort" Women: The Forgotten Sex Slaves of WWII Luke Leasure—Don't Shoot the Messenger: The Ethics and Agenda of Julian Asange and Wikileaks Bridget Levy—Space Efficient Interior Design Serafina Nieves—Epigenetics: How Your Life Changed Your Genes Anthony Nikitopoulos—Learn Smarter: Education Based on Brain Science Rose O'Neal—Volunteering Abroad in the 21st Century Eric Oregel—Patagonia: A Case Study Within American Consumerism Natalie Osuna—How Mathematics and Technology Will Change the Future of Architecture Isabel Ouweleen—Deconstructing the White Race: A Critical Study of Whiteness in America Ava Penner—Sexism in the American Film Industry Jordan Perry—Life in a Grey Area: Black and White Biracial Students Reese Proctor—Becoming an Interplanetary Species: A Necessity for the Human Race Sam Richardson—The Silicon Valley Effect: Deconstructing the Tech Capital of the World Jacques Robles—Workout Supplements Clare Rogowski—Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual? Braden Roh—Korean Democracy: Riots and Protests Erin Slichter—Linguistic Relativity and Existentialism Elizabeth Swindells—Ethical Eating Shinnosuke Taniya—Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Ethical Code of Engineers Cam Twichell—The Rise of Food Allergies Alex Varon—Effective Methods to Lower Recidivism Rates in the U.S. Prison System Nolan Vyhnal—The Evolution of American Breakfast and Culture Pierre Weil—Bankruptcy Among Athletes Lydia Wood-Hull—Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Creativity