Seniors at Geneva School of Boerne write and defend a thesis as the last step toward graduation. 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 three 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.”
This year, the 54 seniors presented and defended their theses and Lily Langenbahn (above), daughter of Ashley and Bobby Langenbahn of Boerne, was recognized as the 2022 winner of the G.K. Chesterton Award for the best overall senior thesis presentation for her thesis titled, “Healthcare for Some: A Case for Expanding Access to Affordable, Quality Healthcare in the United States.” Other G.K. Chesterton Finalists were Jacob Dishongh, Corban Fikes, Garrett Fritcher, Julianna Goodman, Chloe Higgs, Micah Howard, Gwyneth Lewellyn, Lauren McDaniel, Anna Beth Muck, Nicolas Siller and Elizabeth Walter.