Letter to the Judges1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 3011519 April 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owen...
most if not all of the paperwork and various due dates seemed rather pointless and rushed. I aman Honors student that is t...
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Senior Project Letter to the Judges

  1. 1. Letter to the Judges1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 3011519 April 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges:My name is Kyle Doughty, and I hope to be one of the greatest engineers this world has everseen. Engineering leads my life, because engineering is my passion. Nothing on this planetexcites my brain in the same fashion that math and science working in tandem do, becausenothing seems quite as elegant or consistent. To me, math and science are the tools forunderstanding the universe, and engineering is when those tools are used to create works of art.For these reasons, as well as many others, I chose to build a footbridge across a creek as mySenior Project.To clarify, this bridge spans a sixteen-foot-wide gap over a ditch that is at least four feet deep.That depth does not include the creek flowing at the bottom or the three more feet that had to bedug through in order to lay one of the foundations. The main beams and supports are made fromsix-by-sixes, the decking from two-by-fours, and the handrail from four-by-fours and a few moretwo-by-fours and two-by-sixes. Before I constructed my bridge, I researched BechtelCorporation, the largest engineering firm in the world. Based on the company’s allocation ofresources and methodical approach to a problem, I was able to create my own approach forbuilding the bridge. Along the way, I learned to budget both time and resources, and I learned totake advantage of the weather. With few setbacks, I was able to successfully complete the bridge,which is still standing and shows no signs of damage due to weather or lack of structuralintegrity.The bridge, as well as my research, relate directly to an engineering career. Before this project, Ialready wanted to be an engineer. During the project, I learned that civil engineering is not myfirst choice amongst the various fields available. That being said, the experience proved to bevery enjoyable and informative, but by the end I would say that it felt more like a hobby than acareer choice. For my actual career, my research forced me to evaluate all the fields ofengineering, so I have decided to pursue a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Thisfield is on the frontier of science, growing at an astonishing rate, and I will be learning from thebest at the Georgia Institute of Technology.As for my learning endeavors at Creekview, with the Senior Project in particular, I would saythat some tasks were more tedious than helpful. Building the actual product was the best part, but
  2. 2. most if not all of the paperwork and various due dates seemed rather pointless and rushed. I aman Honors student that is taking three AP courses this year, so I cannot be held down by pointlessdeadlines and assignments that amount to little more than busy-work. This project is supposed toprepare me for college, but I have that taken care of by literally half of my classes. As asuggestion, I would argue that a new graduation requirement be a semester- or year-long coursedevoted exclusively to everything college-related. Instead of Freshman Academy, the schoolcould call it Senior Academy. All of that being said, judges, I thank you for your time and hopethat you enjoy my Senior Project.Sincerely,Kyle Doughty

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