By Carly Guise
Back from the bliss of Christmas break, the harsh realities of January began to settle in for many Red Lion Senior High students.
The stressors of studying for midterms and the beginning of a new semester, however, have nothing on the daunting task that faces many Honors and AP science students: the Science Fair.
The project, often assigned within the very first few weeks of the school year, had a due date that lurked closer and closer. Despite this, many students procrastinated and didn’t finish the projects in weeks or even days leading up to the project.
“I’m not even close to finishing,” freshman Nick Rizzo said in mid January. “I still have a fair bit left to go, but I’m not spending too much time worrying about it.” When asked about why he waited until mere days before his project was due, he had one word: procrastination.
It’s something that teachers see every year, regardless of grade level. Mr. J.D. Granger, Honors Biology teacher, however, sees where it all begins in his freshmen students.
“For me, having freshmen, this is their first time doing the project, so I think, for a lot of them, this is a trial-by-error project,” he said. “No matter how many times I tell them as their teacher that they need to keep up with the due dates, the timeline of the projects, there’s always going to be kids who fall behind.”
Sophomore Molly Bradley started collecting data for her project in December, despite knowing about the assignment since the first day of school. Still, she was able to finish it the night before it was due and takes pride in her project.
“I actually do feel really confident about my project,” she said, “because even though I waited to do it, I did put a lot of effort into it.”
Cramming for the science fair is nothing new for Red Lion students, even when it counts as a large portion of their final grade.
“In the end, it doesn’t matter what grade they’re in, there will always be people who are going to procrastinate,” Mr. Granger said.
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