Senator Square: Carson High School senior projects and effects of everyone involved |

Senator Square: Carson High School senior projects and effects of everyone involved

Phillip Brady
For the Nevada Appeal
Kailyn Fitzgerald
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The seniors of Carson High School will deliver their senior project speeches on April 18. Each student must deliver an 8-to-12-minute speech in front of 4-5 Carson City community members, and this is no easy task, as, statistically, many fear public speaking more than death. However, with the encouragement of their most awesome senior English teachers, they are currently preparing for their speeches by practicing in front of their peers. For the seniors at CHS, the senior project is the culmination of their academic careers prior to college, and there’s not much equal to the knowledge and feeling each of these students achieve than when they successfully complete this task. CHS thanks its teachers, the students’ parents, and the Carson City community for the support of these unforgettable accomplishments.


Ever since Kailyn Fitzgerald was in middle school, she always dreamed of becoming a makeup artist in the Hollywood movie industry, and she decided her senior project would focus on special effects for her final year at CHS. Kailyn’s story is an emotional one, though, because her father passed away from cancer a couple months before she turned 14. She felt lost, confused, and depressed as she coped with his death, and it caused her to lose herself for a little while and become something she was not. However, Kailyn eventually discovered that makeup was how she wanted to express herself, how she wanted to positively discover who she was, and what she’s meant to do for both personal interest and her future career. Kailyn does makeup every day, and she consistently comes up with new creations using her own face as the canvas for her passion. She says the one thing she’s most proud of in her time at CHS is finishing her senior project. Kailyn also wishes to thank her mentor Katherine Aschenbrener, a professional makeup artist in Reno at Sostre Hair and Body Bar, for the many hours she invested in Kailyn’s senior project. Way to go, Kailyn!


Senior project community judges have until April 16 to finish evaluating student portfolios as the senior project speeches begin April 18. The Senior Project Committee is both excited and grateful to those volunteering their much-valued time to evaluate senior projects and speeches. Remember, please go to and click the “2015-2016 Senior Project Volunteer Panels RSVP Form” link, or contact the senior project coordinator at 775-283-1640 with any last-minute questions regarding the senior project.


April is NCU Youth Month, and Greater Nevada Credit Union Branch at CHS is sponsoring a drawing for a $200 gift card in celebration. The contest begins April 4 and ends April 29, and all CHS students may enter. In addition, all CHS students may take advantage of a free $10 gift of membership to open a savings account at GNCU, and all CHS students who make a deposit to their account in April receive a free gift. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the GNCU Education branch at CHS from 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Safe Grad is an all-night party for graduating seniors of CHS. The party is held at the Carson City Community Center and is filled with games, music, dancing, hypnotists, raffle prizes, and all-you-can-eat food followed by an optional trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. Please join in on monthly meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month at Q’s BBQ. Questions? Please email If you like us on Facebook, you’re going to be advised of all activities Safe Grad is doing. Please visit the website at Thanks in advance, and hope to see you soon.


This week’s student of the week is Megan Tingle. Megan is a hard-working student who spends her free time tutoring. Megan is kind and patient with every kid she works with. She’s involved in Link Crew, HOSA, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, theater and choir. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication at Carson High School, Megan!


This week, the Senior Spotlight shines on Christopher Fulwider. Chris is an excellent student with a 4.34 grade-point average. He’s maintaining straight As in his current course load, which includes three AP courses and an advanced engineering class. Chris is interested in science, especially physics, including theoretical physics, astrophysics and quantum physics. Chris enjoys 3-D modeling and design, playing video games, drawing and riding his bike. He also loves to travel. His adventures have taken him to Lake Powell, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii, among other places. Chris will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall and will be a part of the UNR Honors Program. He plans to major in mechanical engineering but would like to take courses in electrical engineering and robotics to round out his education. Chris would love to use his education to invent new products for the world to use. Congratulations and good luck to Chris! CHS is proud to have amazing students like Chris Fulwider.

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.