by Matt Gates
The Junior Research Paper, no matter how dreaded, is a hallmark of a students’ junior year at WHS. Here are some interesting examples of what students have researched for their JRPs:
Senior Alex Laitamaki researched the Americanization of Scandinavian immigrants. “I learned how America and its Scandinavian immigrants have shared a symbiotic relationship, for each benefited from the other…. I enjoyed the research because I got to read journals from actual immigrants,” he said.
Senior Jess Cobuzzi researched how Apple changed the music industry. She said: “I learned that it takes one company and one man to change the world…. The thing I liked most was researching the music aspect and finding which artists helped Apple kick off.”
Senior Aditi Jain researched therapeutic abortion. Said Jain: “I learned that controversial issues … are never black and white. Before I started researching, I thought I was sure of my stance on the issue, but what I realize now is that research opens your mind…. Everything has so many angles, and it is my job to rediscover them.” Senior Justin Cafiero researched Fantasy Football. He said, “It taught me how America has changed over the years because we focus more on statistics than games and more on the internet rather than live football.”
Also, according to English Teacher Mr. Steven Cohn, if he were to complete a JRP, he said he would “probably research something to do with music. I’d maybe focus on The Clash or Jane’s Addiction or Radiohead and explore the extent to which they broke/continue to break new musical ground. I’d also research the social and political commentary conveyed in their lyrics.”