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1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115April 18, 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges:My name is Kellie Spann. I am an identical twin, so I am an expert when it comes tocompetitiveness. I have played soccer since I was 5 years old, and I run for a hobby. Ihave always been the type of person who likes to help people in need, and I hope toalways be able to do that. My older brother, Chris, was drafted into the army when I was2 years old and is now working as an ex-military intelligence manager at Tobyhanna. Heinspired me to want to do something to help veterans, so for my Senior Project Iorganized a 5K FunRun to raise money for homeless veterans. I donated all the money Iraised to the Veteran Support Organization (VSO).My product is the actual race. My research paper is about society’s neglect upon veteranswhen they come home from oversees and how this issue causes them to becomehomeless. In order to help raise money for the homeless veterans, I decided organizing a5K race is the ideal thing to do because running is what I enjoy to do, and I can raisemoney at the same time. During my research, I discovered that on any given night, over250,000 veterans will be homeless in the United States. I also learned that 26% ofAmerica’s entire homeless population is homeless veterans. In the end, I raised $109.31to donate to the Veteran Support Organization.My topic and my research relates to more than one career: fundraising, organizing, andcharitable aiding. After this project, I have come to realize that helping people in need isdefinitely something I enjoy and something that I am very skilled at. Although theorganizing and fundraising components of my project did not appeal to me, I still intendto stretch out my hands and help people in need any way I possibly can throughout mylife.I think the senior project is a great idea to allow students to get an experience of whatthey think they want to do before they go to college for it. However, this project has beenexceedingly stressful for me this year because I have had an overwhelming amount ofdecisions to think about and quite a few situations to figure out. I have been in socceryear-round; I applied for several colleges, having to write completely different essays foreach application, as well as applying for several scholarships for which I also had to writea different essay for each one. Once I received my acceptances and denials, I had to thinktirelessly about deciding on which college to attend, and whether or not my parents canafford certain colleges, whether or not it would be more efficient to live at home or on
campus, whether or not I need to bring a car with me if I do choose to live on campus,and so forth. Once I made all of those decisions, I had to sign up for orientation, apply forhousing, file my immunization form, etc. I had too much deal with this year, and I feltlike the senior project was just one more worry on a pile of endless concerns. I think ifthis project was assigned to me during a previous high school year, when I did not havelife-changing decisions to worry about, then it would not have been as stressful. Thankyou for generously volunteering your time.Sincerely,Kellie Spann
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