Academics
Upper School

Independent Senior Projects

Small enough and smart enough to truly personalize each learning experience.
Since 1985, seniors have been offered the opportunity to spend the last six weeks of their Derryfield careers pursuing an outside interest as part of an Independent Study Project. The ISP committee encourages seniors to weigh the advantages of continued classroom work versus those of an independent project. The project involves a total time commitment of 30-40 hours per week, a daily journal, a weekly meeting with a faculty advisor, a final meeting with the ISP Committee, a short presentation to the school community, and a final written evaluation of the project.
The School believes that an independent project is a valuable and logical conclusion to a Derryfield education, and in most cases the project proves to be more valuable than time spent in class. The hope is that seniors will gain a deeper appreciation of their own talents and of the importance of serving and learning from others.

Forms

The following information must be read, filled out, and submitted to the ISP committee in order to participate in an Independent Senior Project.

Prior Projects

List of 17 items.

  • 2016

    Joe Costa and Matt Dubreuil: marketing interns with NH Fisher Cats.
     
    Sarah Wilson teaching a drama class at Mills Falls Charter School and working as an assistant at the Palace Theater
     
    Sammie Smith: teaching a drama class at Mills Falls Charter School and working as an assistant for the Bedford Youth Performing Company
     
    Polly Carter: working with a small business, Company C
     
    FrankieDeIeso-Frechette: shadowing a pediatrician and nurse practitioner at Child Health Services
     
    Julianna Muise: classroom assistant at Webster School
     
    Eric Anthony: antique dealing (buying and selling)
     
    Victoria Bemis: interning at Sports Medicine North and doing research about sports medicine.
     
    Liz Krogman: working with authors on literary creations and teaching children
     
    Emma Mannion: working towards being a motivational speaker in local schools/teaching dance classes
     
    Burton Owen: working with an architect
     
    Parker Blaisdell: working with the Department of Environmental Services
     
    Jesse Bryan: working at Common Earth Farm.
     
    Luke Chapdelaine: biology lab assistant at St Anselm’s College
     
    Robby Cordova and Phil Tatro: working at Rocking Horse Studio
     
    Scooty Devine: working at a sustainable horticulture shop
     
    Gavin Faulkner: working in a large animal vet clinic
     
    Noah Doherty and Owen Leonard: working at a major theater company in DC
     
    Alex Kaufman and Danielle Gale: exploring each facet of the photography business
     
    Brock Higley: radio station intern
     
    Amery Jiang: working for DYN in Manchester
     
    Hannah Kelsey: working at TFM Structural Engineers
     
    Peter Lehmann: reorganizing music library and teaching students at Concord Music School
     
    Charlotte Leyden: working at A Market
     
    Madeline Pierson: working at Nanocomp
     
    Ryan Stagg: working with a medical partnership focusing on oncology
     
    Cynthia Teng: working in the fifth grade at the Webster School
     
    Emily Van Duren: working in a horse barn to learn the business side of riding

    Angela Xu: interning in an optometrist’s office
  • 2015

    Sandy Lockwood interned with The Hotel Portsmouth.

    Grant Glosner interned with the Human Resources group at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack.

    Tess Regan createed art around campus.

    Elizabeth Ludwig worked with the architectural firm Lavallee Brensinger.

    Brittany Northrup divided her time, first acting as a marketing intern for a start-up yoga studio in Bedford and taking an eight-week mindfulness course and overhauling the Middle School’s “World of Difference” program.

    Steph Tonneson dove into music, with a focus on writing and recording her own songs. She also performed some of her newly written pieces live at local venues.

    Katelyn Mullikin shadowed three different types of surgeons. 

    Sam Fogel interned at New Hampshire Public Radio.

    Alex Campbell-Diehl did social media consulting for New Hampshire’s Small Business Development Center.
  • 2014

    Leah Holden
    Leah pursued her passion in science and engineering, and obtained an internship at BAE Systems where she is involved in projects with F-35 planes.

    Maddie White
    Maddie worked at the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), assuming major social media responsibitities to promote PMCs mission to support cancer research.

    Jon Lenki
    Jon worked with a local artist, who is a designer and metal fabricator, and taught Jon how to weld.

    Grant Smith
    Grant was a campaign staffer for First Congressional District Candidate Dan Innis. The range of work Grant has done includes creating a financial database of and then making cold calls to potential donors, making political calls to state representatives and business leaders to try to get their support or endorsement, and just getting a lot of one-on-one time with the candidate.

    Griffin Paneuf
    Griffin worked at m5, a marketing and communications firm in Manchester.

    Yana Holden
    Yana shadowed Sharon Livingston, Ph.D., president and founder of the The Livingston Group, a company specializing in all phases of motivational research, and “discovering precious hidden gems of knowledge lurking beneath the surface that can propel your business to new heights.”

    Neil McCalmont
    Neil worked with Derryfield trustee and faculty emeritus Charles Sanborn as a “school historian” in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary celebration.

    Jordyn Arzilli
    Jordyn went to Rome and study the evolution of sculpture and architecture from the empire and the republic through the Renaissance to the Baroque period.

    Peter Briccetti and Michael Collins
    These two friends are working on a joint ISP at a local recording studio, Rocking Horse Studio, . As a part of this ISP they not only learned the workings of a real recording studio, they also worked on writing and producing their own material.
  • 2013

    Everett Baker - worked at Vertical Dreams’ indoor rock climbing gyms in Manchester and Nashua. It was a chance to pursue an interest in climbing that was triggered for Everett in his eighth grade gym class with Jeff Hastings.
     
    Jason Berk - shadowed Dr. Alexandra Kuftinec, a psychiatrist at the Concord Family Medical Center. He was allowed to sit in on sessions with adolescent, adult and senior patients suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression.

    Lulu Carter - spent her six weeks at the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in Concord. The only survivor of the Holocaust ever elected to Congress, Tom Lantos was in his 14th term when he died in February, 2008. Subsequently his daughter Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett established the foundation to honor the work of her father.
     
    Eli Groves - shadowed doctors and met some of the patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, but it had not been an easy connection to establish. “I sent emails to several hospitals and finally got a response from St. Joseph’s,” he recalled.
     
    Keegan Westbrook - worked “24 hours a day” at the Owen Farm in Hopkinton. He showed slides of the vegetables and animals on the Owen Farm, and many of the structures that he helped build.

    Mike Stone - has been able to experience German culture and family traditions while staying with relatives in Germany, and learn about the individual histories of many of his ancestors. “This has definitely solidified my intention to take German in college and to have a more international focus in my pursuit of political science and law,” he wrote. He also acknowledged that being away from Derryfield during the final weeks of his senior year has had him often feeling “disconnected from DS.”
  • 2012

    Elizabeth Aliotta - shadowed and worked with a psychologist in Methuen, MA whose clients are K-2 emotionally disabled children. Elizabeth says that all children deserve a quality education, and these individuals cannot conquer the academics until they have mastered social skills.

    Sarah Blaisdell, a talented singer and actor, served an internship in musical education. She shadowed a music teacher at Beaver Meadow School in Concord, NH and helped him direct a musical at Concord High School, laying the ground work for a career in music education.

    Kerri Falkenham - began her dream to work with animals serving an internship at North Side Animal Hospital in Hooksett, NH. She worked directly for the hospital manager, focusing on the work of technicians and veterinarians. She observed many surgeries, clipped thousands of nails, took hundreds of temperatures, and even was allowed to perform minor procedures. This ISP has reinforced Kerri's desire to become a veterinarian.

    Cait Gillett - visited various schools studying how they assist students with learning disabilities. Her focus was on dyslexic children, a subject close to her heart. Visiting schools in Europe, North Carolina, and New England, Cait gathered a sense of what is being done so that she can continue work on what else can be done in the future.

    Rachel McCoy - served an internship working for the Ann McLane Kuster campaign for Congress. Rachel would like a career in politics and, through this ISP, has gained experience and made contacts for her future. Rachel missed her initial all-school ISP presentation date because she had to attend a breakfast featuring Vice President Joe Biden with the opportunity to meet and have her picture taken with him. I guess that's a good excuse!
  • 2011

    Alex Jenney: Internship at 92.5 The River radio station
    Max Nagel: Rebuild and refurbish 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe
    Aseeb Niazi: Internship in international relations at World Affairs Council of NH
    Erica Raff: Internship in oncology at Parkland Hospital
    Jackie Snyder: Work with all aspects of raising and training horses at Senator Bell Farm in Chester, NH
    Tayla Satkwich: Teach and study languages in The Netherlands, specifically the differences in how and how early languages taught there vs. in the United States
  • 2010

    Grigoriy Androsov: Trainer/support at Daghir's Gym.

    Aerial Berk: Assist Derryfield director of communications with all aspects of computer design and website maintenance.

    Steve Burke and Brandan Rivard: Produce a Derryfield sports magazine called "DSPN."

    Ben Calegari: Apprentice with the IT Director at Spectrum Marketing.

    Kelsey Durant: Student teach at Webster Elementary School, working with ELL students.

    Ali Geffner-Smith: Internship at doctor's office.

    Jacob Harwood: Work with art teacher and a professional wood turner learning how to use a wood lathe. Present creations at assembly.

    C.J. Keyes: Learn Ableton Live computer software and create three hybrid songs using pieces from existing songs.

    Sofia Kouninis: Internship at Rocking Horse (Recording) Studio.

    Cam Lencki: Student teach in The Derryfield Middle School: 7th grade science, 6th grade geography, and 7th grade civics.

    Jennifer Mandelbaum: Internship as an EMT support person with Rockingham Ambulance.

    Philip Melanson: Read 16 books, watch cinematic adaptations, and compare them via a blog.

    Heather Monty: Internship at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR).

    Matt Porat: Work with mentor to provide educational and medical relief to the children of Nepal.

    Elise Shattuck: Write and edit a young adult novel of at least 60,000 words creating a manuscript at the end of the project.

    Alex Seiger: Build an electric bicycle.

     

  • 2009

    Colette Chretien: Designing and Making Shoes

    Arianna Enos: Working with Cats at the Manchester Animal Shelter

    Sadie Fowler: EMT Internship with Rockingham Ambulance

    Bonnie Frieden: Teaching ELL Class at Webster School and Tutoring

    Rose King: Internship at the Currier Museum of Art

    Spencer McCormick: Laboratory Internship at EPIX Pharmaceuticals

    Bianca Nicolosi: Internship in Broadcasting at Radio Station in Dover, NH

    Aimee Valliere: Learning Adult Care Business and Conducting Alzheimer's Research at Sarahcare Adult Day Care Center

  • 2008

    Liz Dirth: Learning the horse business at Cater Stables

    Danielle Potter: Physical therapy internship and work with Derryfield Athletic Trainer, Derek Lautieri

    Bekah Volinsky: Created, wrote and illustrated a comic book

    Audrey Morgan: Internship as chef at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH

    Akash Vadalia: Internship in family physician’s office

  • 2007

    -Sculpture project
    -Pottery project
    -Small Business Internship
    -Law Firm Internship (3)
    -Sports Writer - Eagle Tribune
    -Communications Intern - The Derryfield School
    -Music Recording - Rocking Horse Studio
    -Technical Crew - Palace Theatre
    -Inern - Animal Rescue League
    -Environmental Monitoring - Public Works
    -Intern - Elliot Hospital
  • 2006

    -Intern - The Jimmy Kimmel Show; Los Angeles, CA 
    -Direct Middle School Play
  • 2005

    -Restore 1976 Triumph Spitfire
    -Record original compositions for CD
    -Construction management project
    -Intern - Puffin Interiors design firm
    -Write original screenplay
  • 2004

    -Equestrian internship
    -Intern - Concord Feminist Center
    -Record original compositions for CD
    -Intern - Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
    -Create counselor program manual for Sentinel Baptist Camp
  • 2003

    -Pre-school teacher's aide - Jewish Federation
    -Intern - United Airlines
    -Photography/Philosophy project
  • 2002

    -Volunteer at orphanage in Nicaragua
    -Direct and produce play
    -Intern - Raytheon, Brazil
    -Intern - architectural firm
    -Intern - interior design
    -Record vocal selections for CD
    -Intern - Fidelity Investments
    -Intern - Sununu Campaign
  • 2001

    -Volunteer - NH Hospital Children's Center
    -Art teacher's aide - Hopkinton Elementary Schools
    -Intern - airport and flight school
    -Intern - Lavallee/Brensinger architectural firm
    -Restore and upgrade a 1985 Jeep
    -Research Pablo Neruda and study Spanish in Chile
    -Internship in business and management at CR Sparks
    -Intern - McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton law firm
    -Intern and office manager - Hippopress
    -Teacher's aide - Shaker Road School
  • 2000

    -Computer project with Granite State Company
    -Restore and study mechanics of vintage motorcycles
    -Student teaching - Amherst Middle School 7th grade
    -Education programs and animal care at Audubon Society
    -Hospital training program at CMC
    -Apprentice to master carpenter and builder
    -Help to place and equip children for summer camp programs at Child and Health Services
    -Intern - Florentine Films (Ken Burns' film project)
    -Work at Manchester Animal Shelter
    -Work in philanthropy office, Concord Hospital, planning a fundraising event
    -Teaching assistant - Beaver Meadow School theatre program
    -Intern - O'Neil Griffin and Bodi design firm
    -Intern - Manchester city government
    -Intern - Manchester Animal Hospital
    -Intern - Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Wachs
    -Work in orphanage in Boliva for three weeks, then Headstart
    -Teaching assistant - Montessori School, Manchester
    -Management training program at CR Spark's
    -Photography project, focusing on the work of granite cutter Chance Anderson
    -First-grade teaching assistant - Bakersville School
    -Restore jeep and apprentice with master auto mechanic and restorer
    -Photography and exhibit of work
    -Design training program and help plan Summer Games for Special Olympics
    -Intern - Bedford Granite Group advertising agency

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