As the last step toward graduation, the seniors at Geneva School write and defend a thesis. The senior thesis is a dissertation in which the student advances an original point of view, typically on a controversial topic. Seniors begin the academic year by selecting a topic with help from their faculty adviser. Topics are then researched and a final draft is submitted before the student prepares for the oral presentation.
The first part of the thesis presentation is an eloquent 20-minute speech delivered from memory. The speech is delivered before panelists, schoolmates, parents, faculty members and guests. Upon completion of the oral presentation, the invited panelists, conversant in the thesis topic, question the student on points that have been raised. The student demonstrates competency in fielding the questions by “thinking on his feet.”
We hope you can join us for some or all of these presentations in the school’s Lyceum from May 6-17, 2019. Click here for the 2019 Senior Thesis Presentation Schedule.
The following students have been named finalists to compete for the annual G.K. Chesterton Award which is bestowed on the senior with the best overall presentation: Jillian Albus, Amy Ambelang, Aisling Ayers, William Cone, Eleanor Galbreath, Gabrielle Griffey, Aidan Hamilton, Jacqueline Knox, Aimée Metzger, Ashley Salter & Matthew Schroder.