Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Ashlee '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 13 and 14, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into these student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Ashlee ‘20
How the socioeconomic status of a student may alter their experience and achievement as a student at Bosque School.

About Ashlee’s Thesis:
After conducting a great deal of research, Ashlee has found that the socioeconomic status of students has a huge impact on their daily lives. She wants to take a closer look at the effect on one’s schooling, specifically at Bosque School. It is proven that one’s achievement and experience in school are altered by socioeconomic status, so she wants to take that information and compare the data from her secondary sources to the data that she will collect from Bosque students. Ashlee notes that since Bosque is such a small community in comparison to other schools, the data will be more reflective of the Bosque student body. She wants to specifically look at Bosque since it directly affects her as a student.

This topic is important to Ashlee because she is a student at Bosque School who benefits from financial aid, and she feels this has made her experience different from other students. She has seen and experienced the difficulties that students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds deal with every day. 

Researcher Bio:
Ashlee has played lacrosse for five years and has been the lacrosse captain since the 10th grade. She has also been in the choir since the 7th grade. In 10th and 11th grades, she was president of the Treble Ensemble choir. She is also president of Tri-M music honors society this year and has been a member of the society since the 10th grade.