Senior Projects

At Edgemont School District, we believe that learning should combine hands-on experience, high academic standards, and a fundamental understanding that contributing to one's community is a key component to citizenship.

We celebrate the hard work that our graduates put into these senior projects through the years, and appreciate the ways in which they have shared their time, energy, passions, and talents with our campus and our town.

Class of 2023


Olivia Ellstrom

Olivia Ellstrom hosted a blood drive through Vitalant for her senior project on January 11, 2023, in the Edgemont High School gymnasium. Her love for volunteering and organization inspired her to do this for her project. She has been involved in the Student Council and is passionate about helping others. With the goal being 21 units of blood, the Vitalant crew collected 33 units making for a fantastic turnout. Olivia plans to continue to help others for the rest of her life.

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Anna Hansen

Anna went to Fall River Health Services in Hot Springs to earn her C.N.A. license. She worked in both the hospital and nursing home. Along with her nursing assistant certification, she earned her certification in basic life support.

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Jared Leite

Jared’s senior project was to improve the weight room. Jared started in late November and finished in February by improving the weight room by adding a new leg press to the gym equipment. He also created a video demonstrating how to properly use the gym equipment and posted QR codes in the gym for visitors to access it.Jared picked this project because he saw how the weight room needed improvement and new equipment. He also has an interest in working out and community fitness and health.

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Sierra Morse

Sierra Morse created three pairs of sweatpants out of recycled sweatshirts. She wanted to learn more about fashion and had seen a girl on TikTok do it and thought it looked cool. Kathy Corbett was her mentor because she is very knowledgeable and experienced in the sewing industry. 

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Bridget Neville

Bridget chose to do her project on American Sign Language. She worked with Nina Ringstmeyer. Bridget developed a basic understanding of the language and deaf culture before working with Nina to translate a children's book. After this, she recorded a video of herself reading the book she chose and another video of her signing the book. With the help of the school's technology coordinator, Mr. Varra, Bridget edited and presented her videos to the public. 

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Peyton Ostenson

For her senior project, Peyton Ostenson drew a picture of Chance Englebert and sold copies to raise money for his memorial scholarship. After completing the drawing, she sold prints both online through Facebook and in person. In total, she raised $1,074.65 for the cause and was able to spread the word of her art and Chance all across the nation.

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Amy Printz

Amy Printz underwent a five-week training to become certified as a CASA volunteer. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a program that gives children in foster care someone to be with and advocate for them in the court system during their case. She was not old enough to become a volunteer, but she was allowed to go through the course, and then she put on a presentation for the Edgemont Community about what CASA is and the need for more CASA volunteers. 

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Antje Rendon

For her senior project, Antje Rendon learned how to play the guitar. She picked this for her project because she never got the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. Antje thought it would be an excellent skill to have. She used an app called Yousician. At times Antje struggled with this app, but in the end, she was successful. Antje recorded her performance on the guitar and other percussion instruments to make a CD. She plans on continuing to learn the guitar while she studies at college.

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Morgan Rohde

For Morgan Rohde's senior project, she decided to make soap. She made soaps that were all different scents, colors, and designs. Morgan saw others on Tik Tok making soap and decided to try a new hobby. Initially, Morgan failed, but that helped her figure out what to do later in the project when things went wrong. Once Morgan completed her soap, she sold the soap she made and decided to continue to make soap for fun and to sell. 

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Emily Schumacher

Emily Schumacher did her senior project about hair. She started shadowing at Salon 402 in Hot Springs, SD. Emily then returned to Edgemont and practiced popular weddings, prom, and everyday hair on community members. She did these hairstyles when she had time and when other people also had time. Emily did this because she has always had a passion for doing hair, and she wanted to know if she could do it for the rest of her life, so she thought this was a perfect opportunity to find out.