Honors Forum

2016-2017 Honors Program Capstone Projects

This is the fifth year students have graduated from the program. EvCC started its honors program in Fall 2011 to provide advanced academic challenges to students and enable students to stand out when they transfer to 4-year schools. Honors graduates’ achievements are reflected on their transcripts. The program is supported in part by a donation from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Mikayla Black
Mikayla combined two of her passions into a unique Capstone Project. She composed an original poem in French and set it to an original piano composition. She performed this original music piece for a group of faculty and was videotaped. Mikayla plans on transferring to Central Washington University to double major in music and French with the ultimate goal of teaching at an international school in Paris, France.
Mentor: Dr. Isabelle Miller

Patricia Douglas
Patricia’s Capstone project was the creation of an operating manual for a Community Kitchen at Everett Community College. Her manual documents the need for a community kitchen, includes a description and statement of purpose for the kitchen, recipes, costs, potential funding sources. Patricia plans to major in nutrition at Arizona State University, fall 2017
Mentor: Laura Wild

Melanie Fischer
Melanie made a short video focusing on the major stereotypes of Germany. She interviewed students and evaluated their responses. The interviews will be used in German classes to discuss ways we can avoid stereotyping. Melanie will attend Columbia University (New York), fall 2017
Mentor: Elke Dinter

Nevada Heintz
Nevada researched and analyzed the process of converting a current automotive part into a composite part. The Everett Community College electric dragster rear clip assembly was his focus for the conversion process. The project included composite selection and fabrication, time-cost analysis, basic modeling of stress using software, and researching composite testing methods. Nevada will attend the University of Washington majoring in mechanical engineering.
Mentor: Matthew Parsons-Fuentes

Sage Herr
Sage created a multifaceted Capstone Project for fundraising. This project emphasizes depth by creating a work-intensive product not usually part of the Graphics program at EvCC. Her capstone includes package design, elements of brand identity, and other design principles. She presented this package to a non-profit organization, gainied financial support, and began production. She will graduate from EvCC and high school at the same time and will attend Western Washington University, fall 2017.
Mentor: Robert Lake

Khairina Khairu
Khairina researched and designed a prototype (virtual and physical) for an exoskeleton that is able to move the hip and knee joints of a humanoid. The miniature exoskeleton is built on a figurine that can bend like normal human legs and can be controlled by the user. The main objective of the exoskeleton is for a fully paralyzed person to experience walking but was made for a humanoid as a safety measure and to reduce complexity. Khairina will transfer to a top tier engineering university and continue her study of mechatronics.
Mentor: Joe Graber 

Erika Knapp
Erica Planned and executed the illustrations for a children’s book. She studied children’s literature and styles of illustration in addition to creating a series of images with a continual style. Erica created both a story board and illustration of a child’s book. She will complete her degree in studio art from Everett Communication College, summer 2017.
Mentor: Sandra Lepper

Jovanka Lazovic
Jovanka researched and identified the main ideas around adversity and resilience from three religious perspectives in a scholarly research paper. She used both primary and authoritative secondary sources, supporting interpretations, and sustaining the analysis of how adversity is regarded in religious traditions. Jovanka will transfer to Seattle University the fall 2017, majoring in religious studies.
Mentor Dr. Joyce Walker

Krystle Levin
Krystle chose to explore Knot Theory for the first mathematics capstone at EVCC. For her project she researched the history and development of the Theory and examined the different methods for classifying various knots. She also generated and tested her own theory within the discipline and used LaTex type setting to put these findings into a final essay and created a 3D sculpture representing her coursework. Krystle hopes to continue her mathematics education at University of Washington – Bothell, fall 2017.
Mentor: Dr. Karen Linton

Corinne McIntyre
Corinne investigated sexual education and attitudes among college students. Her research consisted of an in-depth literature review of sex education in America, data collection from student surveys, and conclusions drawn from the analysis of the research. She will attend the University of Washington, fall 2017, majoring in psychology.
Mentor: Dr. Diane Brown

Brooke Robbinson
Brooke developed a prototype for the Everett Community College "Clipper" to convert to magazine format. Drawing from the discipline of Graphic Design, she developed templates and the prototype for "Clipper" staff members to analyze. She will complete her degree in graphic design, summer 2017.
Mentor: Andrew Wahl

Deborah Woods
Deborah’s capstone was a presentation of two landslides: Oso and Ledgewood. Her goal was to educate students on how to create a presentation for a national conference as an ungraduated student. The project included the use of PowerPoint, oral presentation preparation, and writing exercises. Deborah‘s intended major is geoscience and she will transfer to University of Washington, winter 2018.
Mentor: Steve Grupp

Tsz Hin "Owen" Yip
Owen adapted Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens into a short story set in contemporary Hong Kong. His version of the play elaborates on the play’s central theme and psychological tensions: greed/generosity, loyalty/betrayal, and the embrace of and withdrawal from society. Owen will attend the University of Washington, fall 2017, majoring in mathematics.
Mentor: Dr. Charles Fischer

2015-2016 Honors Program Capstone Projects

This is the fourth year students have graduated from the program. EvCC started its honors program in Fall 2011 to provide advanced academic challenges to students and enable students to stand out when they transfer to 4-year schools. Honors graduates’ achievements are reflected on their transcripts. The program is supported in part by a donation from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.  (Not pictured: Christa Moushey)

Ashley Cyrus, Social Science
Ashley conducted an in-depth look into the prison system, comparing the United States' current system with previous ones here, and current systems in other developed nations. This included an examination into the processes of incarceration from conviction, through sentencing, and then after release in order to examine the effects the system has on an inmate's physical and mental health; changes in personality; options in the future; and chances of being convicted again in the future.

Michelle Geiszler, Global Studies
Michelle identified five organizations that provide aid abroad, three non-governmental and 2 governmental. She explored the organizations to better understand how each organization receives funds, distributes aid, and services the populations they are aiding. She completed an extensive annotated bibliography and used those sources to write a 25 page research paper on the organization of her choice.

Jerry Jarvis, Engineering
Jerry undertook creating a remote-controlled drone capable of capturing steady videos, such as aerial footage of outdoor activities like kayaking, rock climbing, etc. This project included developing the criteria for which the project would be assessed, the design proposal, up to creation.

Lyndsey Ketz, Education
Lyndsey completed an electronic education portfolio, organized as a goal-driven documentation of her professional growth and achieved competence in education. It was a collection of documents that provides tangible evidence of the wide range of knowledge, disposition and skills she possesses as a growing education professional.

Greer King, Psychology
Greer conducted a literature review and wrote a research paper, giving detailed information and evidence, on sports psychology, specifically rowing. She also developed a survey to gain experience conducting field research, and interviewed champions in the field of rowing.

Christa Moushey, Drama
Christa compiled and presented a 5-7 minute promotional film which explains the story behind why and what drives the drama program at EvCC. This included participating in and documenting classes where students learned how to develop and write storylines. She conducted interviews with drama club members and alumni to glean information regarding their experiences of how the drama program affected them, as well as recorded in-class activities for the video.

Dawn Woodworth, Humanities
Dawn developed a self-contained event to give to the Burke Museum for the purposes of providing children experiencing difficult situations an evening offun and excitement as "A Night at the Museum". Research was conducted on current children's events locally, and "An Event in a Box" was created that provided the children an opportunity to conduct a guided tour of the museum.