Isabelle Turcotte

Kevan Leman

Tyler Clarke

Abi Lawrence

Trisha McCreery, left, and Sophia Loose

Leying Lui

Jordan Kiland

Class of 2020 at D.P. Todd shows variety in capstone projects

D.P. Todd Secondary School held its Capstone Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16. Capstone projects are meant to give Grade 12 students the opportunity to showcase their strengths and passions as they prepare to make the transition out of high school. Through the projects, students are also encouraged to represent their hopes and aspirations for the future.

Under the Ministry of Education’s new curriculum, the capstone project is a four-credit course and is a requirement for graduation.

D.P. Todd students had their projects on display in the school gymnasium. The subject matter ranged from tarot cards to ski waxing to welding. Read on for details.

Tarot, presented by Isabelle Turcotte

Isabelle’s interest in tarot goes back to her childhood. Her older sister had a deck of tarot cards, and the family would ask Isabelle to do readings. As it turned out, her readings were very often accurate. Isabelle now enjoys bringing out her tarot cards when she’s among friends. On one occasion, she gave herself chills because the cards accurately told her what her friends were thinking. Studying the history of tarot was enlightening for Isabelle. Tarot is a hobby she plans to keep pursuing.


Facets of fashion, presented by Kevan Leman

Kevan is passionate about fashion, be it interior design, woodworking or clothing. Custom-painted shoes were the most prominent part of his capstone project. Kevan finds suitable shoes in secondhand stores and, in whatever design appeals to him, applies specialized acrylic paint to their surfaces. Shoe painting, which he discovered on YouTube, allows him to express himself artistically and have some fun. At his table, he had a draw box and planned to paint some shoes for the winner. Kevan sees Emily Carr University of Art + Design in his future, and possibly a shoe business.


Ski waxing, presented by Tyler Clarke

Tyler already gets paid as a wax technician at the Hart Highlands Winter Club, better known as the Hart Ski Hill. His interest in the delicate science of waxing grew out of the fact he’s an alpine skier himself. Finding the right wax for the snow conditions is crucial to the enjoyment of a day on the slopes. Tyler sees ski waxing as a potential side gig in the future but plans to pursue a career as an electrician. In February, he will start the Career Technical Centre program at the College of New Caledonia.


Work skills and musical magic, presented by Abi Lawrence

Abi’s capstone project showcased her ability to work with others in professional situations, and to balance that part of her life with her passion for music. Abi displayed pay stubs that represent 500 hours of work in her part-time job. From that job, she also showed a glowing letter of recommendation written by her supervisor. Abi’s beloved baritone saxophone also stood on her table. She’s a versatile member of the D.P. Todd band, as she also plays the tenor sax, trumpet and flute. In the future, she plans to work with animals, perhaps as a dog trainer or a veterinarian’s assistant.


Early years vision, presented by Sophia Loose and Trisha McCreery

Sophia and Trisha teamed up on a capstone research and information project on early years vision. Sophia’s father is an optometrist, which got daughter thinking about the subject of eyesight and children. Sophia and Trisha both love kids because “they’re so innocent and cute.” Their project highlighted the importance of education for parents and children on the subject of eye health. For Trisha, the presentation of the capstone project was beneficial for the interactions it produced – she got several eye-opening suggestions about ways in which she could work with children in the future.


Aromatherapy, presented by Leying Liu

As a student, Leying used to suffer from high levels of anxiety and stress at exam times. A friend suggested she try breathing in the light scent of an essential oil to calm herself down. It worked. Since then, Leying has been interested in aromatherapy. Through her research, she discovered that aromatherapy goes back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Persians. Citrus scents – like sweet orange or lemon – tend to make people happy and relieve stress, while lavender works as a sleep aid. Leying says aromatherapy is something she will take into her future, no matter where her future leads.


Welding, presented by Jordan Kiland

When Jordan’s father purchased a welder, Jordan wanted to learn how to use it. So, he and his dad began welding together. Since then, Jordan has constructed a snow plow and a trailer for his quad. As he developed his skills, he became more passionate about the craft and started to seek tips and assistance from D.P. Todd teacher David Leitch. Jordan ended up fabricating a new muffler for Leitch’s motorcycle. In February, Jordan will enter the Career Technical Centre program at the College of New Caledonia.