|Senior Portfolio Essay Prompts.
All students will complete three essays: the mandatory reflection essay plus two of their choice from the list below.
Complete the following mandatory reflection essay:
Write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you reflect on one specific way you have changed as a student in your high school years. How have you grown? Changed? Developed? As you prepare to leave high school, how are you different from the person you were when you entered?
Complete TWO of the following options:
In every person’s life, there have been moments, positive and negative, that have defined and redefined who you are. Those powerful events literally changed who and what you thought you were. If you choose to respond to this prompt, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) describing one of your defining moments. Describe the event and the effect it had on making you the person you are today.
Everyone has encountered obstacles in life; ideally, we learn and grow and move on having overcome them. If you choose this option, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you discuss the obstacle you faced and how you overcame it.
Some of us are lucky enough to have been strongly influenced for the better by a particular person. If you choose this option, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you discuss the person and the positive effect that person has had on your life. How has he/she helped shape you into the person you are today?
The critical choices in your life are those that have changed your life, positively or negatively, and are major factors in determining who you are and what you will become. These are the choices that have affected your life up to today and have set you on a path. If you choose to respond to this prompt, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) discussing a critical choice you made. Be sure to address who you were before the choice, what led up to the choice, and the result of the choice.
Change One Thing
If you had the opportunity to change one thing in your life, what would it be? For example, in retrospect, would you make a different choice? Take or not take a particular action? Change an element of your character? If you choose this option, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you discuss the one element of your life you would change if you could and why.
If you have participated in activities or athletics during school, this essay option is a great opportunity for you to reflect on that time. If you choose this option, write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you reflect on a leadership role you have had, community service you have completed, or a lesson you have learned from participating in a team sport or activity.
Reflect on Your Work
Choose a piece of writing you completed during your high school education. Write an essay of approximately two pages (double spaced) in which you address the assignment, your work on the assignment, and what the piece of writing says about you as a person, a student, and/or a writer.
9550 Colony Schools Drive
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Objective: Acceptance at a two-year college with a program in interior design.
2000 – 2004 Colony High School Palmer, Alaska
Expected Graduation: May, 2007
Summer 2006 Fred Meyer Palmer, AlaskaPP
Cashier—completed sales; closed register daily; supervised training or five new cashiers per month.
Summer 2005 Purple Moose Espresso Palmer, Alaska
Barista – made coffee, stocked supplies, made correct change, customer service. Increased sales of flavored coffees 350%. Employee of the month five times in two months.
January – June 2005 WalMart Wasilla, Alaska
Cashier – Processed returns, restocked items, customer serve ice.
2000 – 2005 Child Care Wasilla, Alaska
Cared for three children in their home three times per week, including cooking meals, house cleaning, laundry.
2004 – 2007 Colony High Student Government
Class representative 2004; Junior class president 2006, Prom Committee Chair 2006, Senior class Treasurer 2007.
2003 – 2006 Colony High Soccer Team
JV and Varsity; team captain 2005, athletic letter 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Most improved player award 2004.
References Available on request
Fall 2006 Senior Portfolio Checklist
All Portfolios are due on or before Friday, December 15. There are NO EXCEPTIONS! Portfolios MUST be complete; they will receive a grade
of 0 or 100 percent. IF ANY ITEM is missing or incomplete, the student will not receive credit for the portfolio. COMPLETE YOUR WORK CAREFULLY!
All items in the portfolio MUST BE TYPED/WORD PROCESSED and appear in final draft form—no editing marks may still appear. Margins should be 1” on all sides; the student’s name should appear in the upper left corner of essays.
Cover page with student's name. Graphics/picture optional, but the page should be aesthetically pleasing.
Blank page (included so portfolio can be copied double-sided)
Resume—updated and error free
Application either to a college or for a job. Can be the universal college application. Must be typed/word processed—not just in ink.
A minimum of three essays (one mandatory—two are your choice. Must be typed and MAY NOT still show editing marks for the final copy. Essays should have your name in the upper left corner.
Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be from teachers, employers, coaches, supervisors, etc. Letters MAY NOT come from relatives unless the relative was also an employer. Letters must be from adults who have supervised the student in some capacity. All letters must include the full name of the person writing, a current address, title, and phone number. Letters must include information regarding the relationship between the student and the letter writer. Students may not write letters for themselves or other students.
Transcript—see registrar to request and collect
Supplementary materials. Copies of awards, certificates, community service certification, etc. Students should include copies only, not original materials.
Resumes and essays are scheduled to be submitted to the English teacher for editing/correction. Students are responsible for making corrections and submitting a final draft-quality item in the final portfolio.