Each eighth grader culminating their studies at Hilltown undertakes a rigorous independent study on a topic of their choice. Each student works with a mentor from the community at large to gain a deep understanding of their topic to complete a thorough research paper addressing a specific question and an interdisciplinary project they design. Beginning just before the winter break, the projects culminate in a community presentation in early June, where each student constructs a poster describing their research and develops interactive activities to engage and inform community members of all ages about their topic.
2014 Eighth Grade Project Papers
- Abby Bradley-Gilbert, Listening with Your Eyes (American Sign Language)
- Avery Cirincione-Lynch, Open Your Shutters: How Digital Cameras Capture Light
- Brett Laverdiere, Touchscreens
- Camille Porter-Phillips, The Effects of Disney Princess Movies on Girls
- Galen Winsor, An Analytical Case Study of the Music in Three Hitchcock Films
- Indë Francis, Bask in the Glow: Luminescence in Life
- Jasper Price-Slade, Hooked: The Variables of Atlantic Striped Bass Fishing
- Joaquin Flores, What Is De-Extinction?
- Keegan Hamilton, How Did Rappers Respond to Events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina?
- Martha Garbarini, Music Production & Distribution in the Age of Digital Technology
- Melia Summers, Beyond 9/11: How Terrorism Affects the Population of the United States of America
- Nat Roth, Flightless: Grounded Birds in New Zealand
- Sunny Eiseman, Holding the Hand of Happiness
- Taz Oborne, The Art of Fireworks
- Walden Marshall, If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen (hot sauce around the world)