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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Part Two - High School Seniors Rise to the Occasion

  • In the previous edition of the LCL, we looked at the monumental task of digitizing Marceline’s history, as undertaken by the students in Mrs. Julie Sheerman’s Senior English classes at Marceline High School. In this edition, a select group of seniors took some time to discuss what they have done, and what they have learned, from this undertaking.
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  • In the previous edition of the LCL, we looked at the monumental task of digitizing Marceline’s history, as undertaken by the students in Mrs. Julie Sheerman’s Senior English classes at Marceline High School.  In this edition, a select group of seniors took some time to discuss what they have done, and what they have learned, from this undertaking.
    These seniors: Morgan McCormick, Dakota Lewis, Shelby Smith, Isaac Smith, Kennedy Chrisman, Blake Belzer, Nate Florine, and Faith Jordan; each had a different assignment and series of responsibilities.
    “Our project was to help the other out with their videos,” explained Lewis and McCormick.  “We were involved in the research for, and were the editors on, the different videos.”
    For this pair, the project was important because it will be informative. “This project is important because it will help inform and commercialize the history and current problems for the City of Marceline,” said McCormick and Lewis.
    As for what they remember of the project, Lewis and McCormick note the help they provided. “The first thing that comes to mind is that we made the research easier for the other groups,” said the pair.  “We learned the history of Marceline through audio recordings, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, and through interviews with local residents.”
    The senior twosome do hope, though, that the projects hold meaning to others over time as well.  “We hope that this project benefits the City of Marceline and that people will take pride in their town and what has been done in the past,” said McCormick and Lewis.
    Shelby Smith took on the task of businesses of the past and present.  
    “My segment of the project was about the changes in Marceline throughout the years.  My group and I focused on Main Street businesses, both many years ago and now,” said Smith.  “I feel this project is important because we need to raise awareness of Marceline to its citizens to try and restore our town.  We need to keep its history alive and remind everyone how great our community is.”
    Despite some difficulties, Smith worked hard on her video and learned a lot in the process.
    “My group and I had quite a few technical difficulties with our project that we had to work through.  We also spent a lot of time outside of school taking pictures and filming videos for our project,” said Smith.  “I learned about a lot of the businesses in town and places that used to be here that I never knew of that I would’ve loved to see. For example, the Opera House that used to be where Regional Missouri Bank is on Main Street.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In closing, Smith looks to those students of the future when she thinks of the impact of her project. “I hope our projects make an impact for future generations,” said Smith.  “I hope that in 20 years kids can watch our videos and learn about the rich history of our town with just a click of a button and want to keep it alive and thriving.”
    The athletic tandem of Belzer and Florine had a task that has seen a lot of talk in the last year in town; the Ripley Park Pond.
    “Our project was about the pond in Marceline City Park [Ripley Park Pond],” said Florine and Belzer.  “It is important to save a valuable visual piece of Marceline history that has been dwindling and restore it to its former glory.”
    As far as what they took away from the project, the pair earned a respect for research.  “When we think of this project, we think of all the time we spent in the business lab,” said Belzer and Florine.  “We learned that the pond used to be bigger, and they used to row all over it and ice skate there as well.”
    It seems that these two seniors have taken a liking to the object of their research.  “We hope that people in the future can improve the pond to the fullest, and to make it a focal point of Marceline once again,” said Florine and Belzer.
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