Senior Thesis Presentations 2024

All Geneva School students complete a thesis in their senior year. With the help of their teacher and a faculty mentor, each senior studies a contemporary issue, learning all they can about its history, and situating it within the greater conversation about what is good. Then, with their particular audience in mind, they explain what they have learned and propose a way forward. It should be noted that the oration, as well as the student’s answers to audience members’ questions, represent the student’s own understanding and do not necessarily reflect the position of the school or the student’s mentor.

In order to succeed in the thesis process, seniors must commit to growing in a number of skills and habits: careful research, clear and organized writing, judicious time management, humble response to criticism, tenacious commitment to truth. In one sense, what they take on in the senior thesis is not new. By the time they reach this milestone, Geneva students have had many opportunities to practice logical thinking and public speaking. They understand that to make a good argument requires them to consider an idea in a reasoned way, to take a clear and specific stand, and to go to great lengths to understand and refute opposing viewpoints.

But the senior thesis is different, and not just because it is a more public, more sustained argument than any the student has made before. The thesis process teaches students how important it is to back up their claims with reasoning and evidence, as well as to consider what counts for evidence in different contexts and with different people. More importantly, it teaches them that when it comes to complex issues, it takes more than evidence and logic to change someone’s mind. Finally, the process is meant to remind the seniors that real insight about issues of human flourishing requires an understanding of what humans are for–and of what their Creator requires of them.

Although our seniors will readily admit that they still have much more to learn about their topics, they are, nevertheless, doing something noteworthy in presenting and defending their thesis: they are trying to change our minds. By drawing our attention toward an issue that matters to them, they are making a contribution that goes beyond the academic. They are attempting to persuade us to act in a way that will secure the common good. In other words, they are engaging in deliberative speech, which Aristotle saw as the highest form of rhetoric.

By going through the process of preparing and presenting their thesis, each senior is making strides toward being the “good person, speaking well” that defines the ideal orator.

The Geneva School Senior Thesis Presentations 2024
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
8:35 am Alysandra ThigpenDon't Blow It: Investing in Wind Energy to Reach a Clean and Renewable Energy Future
9:35 amMercia SteinbornNo Man Is an Island: Helping Autistic Adults Find Community in the Church
10:40 amSophia RonaVouching for Choice: Why the Government Should Grant the Use of School Vouchers
11:40 amLiv LiguoriA Voice in the Conversation: How Literature Leads to Human Flourishing
1:20 pmLily FrakesSecure Attachment—No Borax, No Glue: Why Showing Up Is an Ingredient You Can't Replace
2:20 pmNoah ReidGeeks and Gurus: Why Studying Just the West Is Not Enough
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
8:35 amFord RobbinsSmall League, Big Money: Why NIL and the Transfer Portal Threaten College Sports
9:25 amAugustine JhoABC, 123, and RGB: The Importance of Visual Arts in Education
10:20 amJoshua CoxMissing Reflections of God: How Skepticism of Film Is Blinding Christians to the Beauty of the Medium
11:10 amAidan VollenweiderParadise Lost: The Rejuvenating Benefits of the Sabbath
12:00 pmKaitlyn MoyerCrossing the Line: The Cost of Being an Undocumented Immigrant in the American Workforce
1:40 pmJoshua CraichyLiturgical Lullabies: How Spiritual Practices Can Hinder Our Spiritual Growth
2:30 pmSarah PaulTouch Grass: Why Today's Children Need Exposure to the Great Outdoors
Thursday, May 9, 2024
8:35 amSofia LopezAlter Your Wardrobe, Not Your Offspring: Unveiling How IVF, CRISPR, and Genetic Editing Are Changing the Modern Family
9:35 amOliver ClarkFighting for Florida's Flora and Fauna: Conserving Land to Keep Florida Fascinating
10:40 amNathan KimThe Rise of a New Currency: Why Bitcoin Should Replace the U.S. Dollar
11:40 amBrie Duplechain"I Just Chugged a Coffee and I Could Fall Asleep": The Teen Sleep Epidemic and What Schools Can Do about It
1:20 pmElla RaeslyThe Case for Compassionate Capitalism: Embracing Free Market Economics and Rejecting the Welfare State
2:20 pmLuke RaffenaudThe Price of Life: Why American Prescription Drugs Need to Be Cheaper
Friday, May 10, 2024
8:35 amLydia FaithThe Class You'll Actually Use after High School: The Need for Financially Literate Teens
9:30 amJingling ZhangThe Renewal of Tears: Why Churches Should Return to Lamentation as a Form of Worship
10:30 amJedidiah FloodMute God: How the Copyright Status of the Bible Is Crippling Global Missions
11:25 amGreta HsiehFrom the Mata Atlantica to the Paradise Garden: The Issue of Pernambuco Conservation
1:00 pmAnthony GilasIt Isn't Greek to Me: Why High Schools Should Teach Greco-Roman Studies
1:55 pmErin MurrayFood Insecurity in America: What to Do about a Leading Nation’s Hunger Crisis
Monday, May 13, 2024
9:35 amPippa MaughanA Hamburger in Every Hand and a Heartache in Every Bite: The Harmful Effects of the American Diet on Human Health
1:20 pmGracie SolisProzac, Baker Acts, and the Attack on Normalcy: A Root-Cause Analysis of America’s Mental Health Epidemic
2:20 pmRiley ShiflettRenewable Revolution: The Path Forward for Fossil Fuel Reduction
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
9:35 amCampbell HendrixSaving Sunday Morning: The Staggering Downswing of American Church Attendance
1:20 pmZechariah ZhongChatGPT and the Thinking Machine: Charting the Border between Human and Artificial Creativity
2:20 pmBrady SilviaLifting the Limits: How Steroids and Creatine Can Transform Sports Performance
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
8:35 amBella BuotCriminal or Critical Condition: The Incarceration of the Neglected
9:25 amKaden SmithArsenal of Democracy Again: American Support for Ukraine in the Russo-Ukrainian War
10:20 amEmma RagsdaleSound Foundations: Why Students Are Struggling to Read and What We Should Do about It
11:10 amSavannah MathiasLearning to Design for Learning: How Built Environments Affect Students
12:00 pmCatherine QuinnAre Parents the Problem? The Debate over What Should Be Allowed in Video Games
1:40 pmJason ZirbelThe Prodigal Son Returns: Rediscovering Christian Classical Education in the Modern Era
2:30 pmRicky WaltersThe Bard's Labour's Lost: The Importance of Shakespeare in Modern Education
Thursday, May 16, 2024
8:35 amKatherine ClasseTilting the Playing Field: Why Women's Sports Should Not Be an Option for Male Athletes
9:35 amJack HamiltonA Debt Problem: How the United States Can Face Its Deficit Spending
11:40 amInfinity EllisCaring for Our Kids: The Need for Schools to Step Up and Prioritize Mental Well-Being
1:20 pmTaber JohnsonThe Fentanyl Crisis: What Is to Be Done?
2:20 pmOwen EndrasAI, Doom or Boom: Learning to Harness the Power of AI for Our Next Industrial Revolution
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May 22, 2024
  • Senior Trip

    Date: May 17, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Full School Day

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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May 23, 2024
  • 9th-11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal 11:45 (9-11) 12:00 (7-8)

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fun Day

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:15 am- 2:45 pm
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  • K4 - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:20 am- 9:15 am
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  • K4 - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 10:45 am- 11:15 am
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  • K - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 11:40 am- 12:35 pm
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  • Baccalaureate Service

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
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May 24, 2024
  • 1st-6th Gr Parties

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Early Dismissal - Last Day of School

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:30 am
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  • 4th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 6th Gr - Last Day of School Celebration

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 5th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 3rd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:40 am- 9:30 am
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  • 1st Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Commencement Ceremony

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
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May 22, 2024
  • Senior Trip

    Date: May 17, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Full School Day

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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May 23, 2024
  • 9th-11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal 11:45 (9-11) 12:00 (7-8)

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fun Day

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:15 am- 2:45 pm
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  • K4 - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:20 am- 9:15 am
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  • K4 - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 10:45 am- 11:15 am
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  • K - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 11:40 am- 12:35 pm
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  • Baccalaureate Service

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
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May 24, 2024
  • 1st-6th Gr Parties

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Early Dismissal - Last Day of School

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:30 am
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  • 4th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 6th Gr - Last Day of School Celebration

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 5th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 3rd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:40 am- 9:30 am
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  • 1st Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Commencement Ceremony

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
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