As part of a program started many years ago to create world-class citizens, Eminence High School Seniors complete a year-long extensive senior project that incorporates career goals, research, charitable service, and a reflection of growth. Many of these projects have had substantial impact on the students and the community.
Erica Brewer: Suicide Prevention
Brewer wants to study psychology so she researched suicide, the Jason Foundation and To Write Love On Her Arms. She was then in charge of the schools’ Suicide Prevention training that all schools and students must have, creating the presentation to be given to all classes.
Rhea Brees: Help Make it Home
Brees wanted to do something for children who are abandoned or need extra care. She chose to benefit Brooklawn Child and Family Services by sponsoring a dance, paying for goods and a DJ out of her own pocket. She raised $275.
Kara Capps: Volley For Life
Jill Capps, in memory of her mother who passed away five years ago, wanted to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and support a group called Ovarian Cancer Awareness of Kentucky. She did this by selling 93 t-shirts she designed and hosting a benefit volleyball game and bake sale. She raised $1,294.
Nathan Carroll: Call of the Wild
Carroll wants to be a game warden so he researched problems in the wild and discovered that deforestation has caused bird habitats to decline. Therefore his project was to plant as many trees around the community and build as many bird habitats as possible.
Adam Case: Friends for Michael Foundation
Case wants to work as a physical trainer so he found a local foundation for people who have physical handicaps. He helped with the poster contest in all the Henry County schools, in addition, he helped work the benefit golf scramble and the run/walk.
Zac Clark and Cody Gilbert: Free Sports Clinic
These two are interested in working with children and chose to sacrifice many weeks to sponsor an after school program for elementary students teaching them some sports fundamentals and teamwork. This provided an outlet for some young people who also had no place to go after school.
Sami Congleton: Hoopin’ for a Cure
Congleton, who wants to be a nurse, sponsored a benefit for former basketball coach Dawn Welch. In addition to the benefit basketball game, she designed t-shirts, halftime activities and a bake sale.
Shelby Dees: Cystic Fibrosis Run/Walk
Dees organized a run/walk for a foundation that benefits those with an illness that hits close to home. Her mother has Cystic Fibrosis. Dees raised $2,000 that was divided between the Kentucky Chapter to benefit families locally and the research.
Kyle Downey: Health Fair
Downey worked a health fair that was held at the school to raise awareness for heart disease, the number one killer in the United States. He chose this as his project because of his mother’s battle with heart disease which led to her having triple bypass surgery early in her life.
Cassie Emily: Strike Out Chrons
Emily wanted to raise awareness of Chrons, a disease that afflicts a friend and a cousin. She designed jerseys and hosted a benefit game and bake sale for the foundation. She raised $300 for the Chrons and Colitis Foundation.
Nikki Gamble: Extreme Makeover: Library Edition
Because of her love of books at an early age, Gamble wanted to provide a library full of books for a primary school in Estill County. She collected more than 1,100 books for the library, which were greatly appreciated.
Amanda Gordon: Blankets for Babies
Because Gordon wants to be a neo-natal nurse, she wanted to do something to benefit premature babies. She made handmade baby blankets for the Baptist Hospital Northeast maternity ward.
Ashley Harp: Spring Benefit
Harp, a musician, organized a benefit for Mrs. Welch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year. She also wrote a two-page music piece in the theme of music from the Legend of Zelda series. She then helped conduct the band through the practicing of the piece and held a contest with the Art I students; arranging extra credit for all those who completed a poster, and the person who made the best poster would win free admission to one home game.
Hunter Hedges: Wounded Warrior Project
Hedges is enlisted in the Marine Corps so he wanted to benefit the men and women of the armed forces. He researched this organization and found how they help with physical therapy, depression, and medical expenses. He held a benefit dinner at Beef O’ Brady’s in Shelbyville along with holding a Veteran’s Day ceremony for the school.
Sami Jo Jennings: A Cause for Paws
Jennings wants to be a veterinarian and decided to help Henry County Animal Control. She built 16 elevated beds for dogs at the shelter so they would be more comfortable. When a puppy mill was discovered, she volunteered to help care for the animals as they were brought in. She also adopted one of the animals who needed a home.
Alyssa Jones: A Concert on the Green
Jones, a musician, arranged a benefit concert on the lawn next to Farmer’s Deposit Bank in attempts to raise money for the music department here at the school. The high school band and choir were featured, performing popular as well as more traditional pieces. She also sponsored a silent auction. Her benefit raised a total of $350.
Brandon Lane: Wayside Christian Mission
Lane volunteered many hours at the homeless shelter, cleaning, serving, and visiting and talking to the residents.
Alexis Lentini: Autism Awareness
Because Lentini wants to be a doctor, she wanted to do something with Autism, since it is one of the most complex conditions to diagnose. She worked one on one with a single mother whose son was recently diagnosed with autism. She also spent many days mentoring him. She learned a great deal about autism from her research and this project that will help her in the future.
Cadence Payne: The Christmas Card Challenge
Payne wanted to benefit the children who stay at the Wayside Christian Mission Shelter. Christmas was always her favorite season so she wanted to make it special for them, too. She organized a Christmas card making event at Henry Christian Church and also made brownies to take the shelter.
Araceli Perez: Ronald’s Patches of Love
Perez wants to be a neo-natal nurse so she made quilts for babies in intensive care in hospitals around the country. She also found how the Ronald McDonald house helps families of children in intensive care, so she volunteered to work at it cleaning, cooking, interacting with the families.
Sawyer Sims: Developing Inspirational Gardens
Sims wants to pursue a career in forestry so he wants to inspire people to plant more trees and plants. Because the school underwent some renovations this year, he also wanted to renovate some areas outside. He landscaped and planted over 60 plants around the school.
Mahala Smith: Toss A Lot of Love
Smith wanted to help a hospital where she spent a great deal of time when she was a small child: Kosair Children’s Hospital. She collected and constructed materials for activity bags for the children in the hospital. Then she raised money for a teacher who has cancer by hosting a day with several activities like cornhole, face painting, food, etc.
Connor Toole: Life is a Bench
Because Toole wants to be an engineer, he shadowed Will Puckett, an engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, on a Western Kentucky Dam inspection. When he returned, he asked what he could do to benefit the community and he discovered the bike trail could use a bench, but he needed to engineer a way to give it a good foundation. He has constructed it and will be setting it properly in concrete this summer.
Chelsea Wood: We got G.A.M.E.
Wood wants to be a softball coach so she started by putting together a 6 week softball clinic for girls ages 7-14 to teach them the basics of softball and how to develop the skills they already had. In addition to this she decided to help her current team by fixing up the dugouts to create more storage and to make it look new. This required cleaning, painting, building, and placing fixtures for a total overhaul.
Erik Uehlein: Going Green
Uehlein wants to be some type of engineer so he wanted to engineer a project for the Green Club. He built a compost bin for them. It was quite an engaging experience and one that will benefit the Green Club for years to come.