capstone projects are now part of the norm for students in the Bucyrus
City School District, as they have been for some time for students at
Pioneer Career and Technology Center. Autumn Schwartz, a Bucyrus senior
enrolled at Pioneer, had the opportunity to present her Senior Capstone
Project to the Bucyrus Board of Education during the regular meeting in
Schwartz, who describes herself as a quiet student, was honored when
Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel asked her to present her project to
the Board. Autumn wrote, edited, designed and bound a children’s book,
"Lovely Time of the Celestial Heart," for her project.
"It is really cool to get all this attention for something that I had
to do," Schwartz said. "It's overwhelming to have everyone think so
highly of the project I completed."
Throughout her presentation during the meeting, it was evident that
Schwartz was very passionate about the work, dedication and time she
invested in her project. While she prepared a presentation for the
Board, the finished book she presented to them captivated the members.
"The best part of the whole project was designing everything," she
said. "I absolutely loved designing all the little clip art images
throughout the entire book."
While the project had many great parts that Schwartz enjoyed,
including reconnecting with her best friend, there were two parts of the
project that presented the greatest challenge for her.
"The math and the cutting of the book were the two biggest challenges
for me with this project," Autumn said. "I don't like math and the
cutting was just awful!"
Schwartz’s senior project was recognized as one of best of the class
of 2015 at Pioneer. She received a total of $800 in scholarship monies
from the Gorman Family Foundation. After graduation, Autumn plans to
pursue a degree in advertising and art at the School of Advertising and
Art in Kettering, Ohio. She plans to make her career in art after
"Autumn did a tremendous job presenting her project during the Board
meeting," Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “Her passion for her
work and the finished book were very evident, and we are excited to see
what the future has in store for this outstanding young woman."