During the summer between junior and senior year and throughout the fall term, each senior at Trinity-Pawling works on an Independent Project. Students are linked with an alumnus or friend of the school in a mentorship capacity, whereby they are given the opportunity to learn about a passion or topic of interest in greater depth. The Independent Project consists of an oral presentation as well as a final presentation to the entire school using an alternative medium such as a chapel talk, newspaper article, video, etc.

Through his Senior Independent Project, Ryan Winn ’17 was able to immerse himself in his passion for videography. Like many of the Trinity-Pawling seniors who spent the fall completing their Independent Projects, Winn had the opportunity to be matched with a mentor who has expertise in his area of interest. Connie Rafferty, who provided inspiration and guidance throughout Winn’s project, is Trinity-Pawling’s Digital Media producer and teaches digital storytelling in the School’s Broadcast Journalism course. Project mentors have been a valuable component of the Senior Independent Projects.

Watch Ryan Winn discuss and work on his Independent Project here.

Original music by Imagine Dragons/On Top of the World.