Students share projects, accomplishments at HSE State of the Schools


Hamilton Southeastern Schools Supt. Allen Bourff turned much of his State of the Schools presentation at OneZone over to students.

It was in good hands, and so is the future, he said.

“When you work with students like this, and we have many, many students like this, we have great confidence in our future,” Bourff said at the Sept. 11 OneZone luncheon at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.

Hamilton Southeastern senior Rami Daas was one of the students who gave a presentation.

“Mock Trial was an incredible experience,” Daas said. “I was lucky enough to be on the varsity Mock Trial team. We learned through firsthand experience what it was like to prepare a case and turn in a trial we would debate with other teams. We had very wild success, thanks to our incredible sponsor.”

His school competed during the school year and advanced to the national judicial competition in July.

“We have already started preparing for the school season this year and we are recruiting new members right now,” Daas said. 

Daas competed on Hamilton Southeastern’s We the People team that won the Indiana Bar Association state civics competition in December 2018. It finished seventh in the nation in April in Virginia.

Daas said he was grateful for the opportunity to present what students accomplish at his school at OneZone. He wants to become a civil rights attorney.

“Going into high school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” he said. “I explored different areas. However, my junior year when I went in the law program, I knew that’s what I wanted to do because it was a natural fit for me.”

Fishers High School math teacher Sarah Riordan explained how CurioCity Hub creates community partners between the school, students and businesses.

That connection led to Riordan spending a week this summer at Aggressively Organic, which has patented a system for growing plants.

“My challenge was to create a curriculum that could bring together pre-calculus with what Aggressively Organic does,” she said.

Riordan decided on semester-long projects.

“I wanted them to pick something they were super passionate about and bring that together with Aggressively Organic and math,” Riordan said. “Then, I wanted them to tell their story with math. Kids ask me all the time, ‘When am I going to use this in the real world?’”

Students created a garden at the school.

“I have kids that created a project on how to survive on Mars, using Aggressively Organic,” she said. 

Fishers High School students Jessica Guler, a junior, and senior Collin Shelton discussed their projects.

“I decided on plant therapy with special education students,” Guler said. “It’s a very good way for me to get involved with the kids I work with on a daily basis. I help them with the math. We are going to be tracking their moods a week before our planting, during the planting and a week after. It’s a very good way to see how they interact with their plants.”

Shelton, who plays football and baseball, is doing a project involving sports nutrition.

“I’m using my project to find out what nutrition can help you before events or after with recovery,” Shelton said. “This will help me and my teammates because we can perform better off this project.”

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