Eight Students at Chagrin Falls High School Participate in New AP Research Class

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Chagrin Falls High School offered the new CollegeBoard AP Research class for the first time this year.

According to CollegeBoard, approximately 6,200 students enrolled in the research class worldwide and eight of those students were from Chagrin Falls.

“Since it is a relatively new CollegeBoard course, it’s still rare to be able to take and complete the course,” said Jean Kanzinger, English and communication teacher at Chagrin Falls High School. Kanzinger taught the AP Research class, the second in the AP Capstone sequence. The first class in the sequence is an AP Seminar, which all eight of the students took last year. The full year involves a research project where students look for gaps in current research to formulate their own research question to explore. Students then conduct primary research to answer their questions. The end product is a 20-25 page research paper and an oral presentation and defense of their project.

While expert advisers were there to aid the students, they could not give feedback specific to a student’s project, making the final paper a result of the student’s independent decisions. After collecting and analyzing data, the students reviewed each other’s papers and presented their work. Each student presented to three panelists, made up of teachers from Chagrin Falls High School. The students were given a bank of questions that the panelists could ask, but were only asked three to four during the presentation.

Benjamin R. Cervelloni analyzed “How First-Pitch Outcome Affects Winning Percentage in Major League Baseball.” Madeline E. Ferguson looked at the “Pester Power Success of First Grade Boys and Girls.” Mikala C. Izzo researched “Newspaper Subjectivity and Election Proximity.” Emily J. Mattson performed a correlation study to see the attempted popularity and perceived trust of middle school cliques. Melissa K. McDonnell examined “Episodic Memory Priming Relationship to Semantic Memory in Dementia.” Lucy Ranieri researched the impact of visual arts on middle school student attitudes. Margaret E. Sobota looked at the correlation between living in a single-mother household and heterosocial competence. Marley L. Vidmar did a quantitative analysis on dance as a sport.

Seven of the eight students attended the May 15th Chagrin Board of Education meeting with Kanzinger to present their work.

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