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  • 1. 1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 3011519 April 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges:My name is Alex Arzenshek, and I am a senior at Creekview High School. I have beensurrounded by the French language since I was a child. Therefore, for my Senior Project, Icreated a bilingual children’s book in French and English. I wanted to understand what writing achildren’s book entails. My desire was to display the language in a simple and creative way, sochildren could comprehend both languages.The product for my Senior Project is a bilingual children’s book in French and English. I learnedthrough my research that children are familiar with more than one language have a higher chanceat success in all areas of life. They are almost guaranteed to earn higher standardized test scores,to excel at reading and grammar, and to get more opportunities in the career field. During theprocess of creating my product, I encountered two major problems. The first was translating theEnglish to French because the languages are completely different with wording and style.However, through the help of my facilitator, we were able to translate my entire story with thehelp of dictionaries and native speakers. My second obstacle was finding a publisher to publishan inexperienced high school student’s writing. Fortunately, I discovered a local bookstore topublish it and incur all the costs. I was delighted to finally have my published book that I hadworked so diligently on.My topic of bilingualism in children introduced me to outstanding facts and statistics for learninga second language. Hence, I decided to explore a career in teaching a second language tochildren. I wanted to witness the difference it can make. However, I have learned, thanks to thisproject, that I do not want to pursue a career in teaching a foreign language due to the lack ofdemand in the job education market. Instead, I would like to pursue a career in nursing.My thoughts about the Senior Project are very mixed. I do not feel like it has enhanced anyskills of mine or made me feel more confident for my future. However, I think that it has helpedsome of my fellow classmates really concentrate and do something productive during their senioryear. This project does have the ability to help students decide on or reject a possible career, butthe limitations and requirements reduce the amount of time to really think and explore. Thankyou very much for your time and attention.Sincerely,Alex Arzenshek