Huron invites the community to its annual MYP Personal Project Exhibition

400 sophomores demonstrated a wide range of interests, talent, and initiative

The Huron High School gym was filled with excitement this week as sophomores presented their MYP Personal Project Exhibition to fellow students, staff, and parents.

The 2024 Personal Project ExpoExpo marked the culmination of the students’ semester-long independent learning experiences through Huron’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

The personalized, hands-on learning opportunities of the program allow students to demonstrate their unique interests, talents, and initiative. Huron IB Facilitator Todd Newell explained that the Expo is a celebration of students gaining confidence and insight into themselves as independent learners, which is one of the goals of the Middle Years Programme.

Then on the evening of Jan. 10, parents and community members were able to hear directly from the students about their experiences with the personal project.

French teacher and Personal Project mentor Mary Claire Wissman enjoyed seeing students develop skills beyond traditional academics.

“It’s a really special program for kids and they get a lot of independence and they get to explore something that they normally wouldn’t do in our regular classes,” she said. “They get to set their own goals and keep their own goals. And I think they get a lot of different skills that they don’t get in their academic classes.”

Projects ranged from boat-building to ethnic cooking to photography and other arts to sports, science, and technology.

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