High school students are accustomed to writing journals, essays and research papers, but it’s not everyday that they publish a book they wrote.
Alyssa Shovein, a senior at Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, did just that this past year.
Shovein created and self-published a book titled “NWPHS Events and Expeditions 2012-13.”
The book chronicles the field study experiences of students enrolled at the school. Some of the chapters include MAAP STARS State Conference, wolf project, advisory expeditions, New Orleans shoreline restoration and the National Service Learning Conference.
Each chapter outlines a different experiential learning opportunity in which students participated during the 2012-13 school year.
Some of the experiences were one-day long and included activities such as Martin Luther King Day service learning where students volunteer at Feed My Starving Children or the Minnesota Literacy Council, while others included week long field experiences to Yellowstone National Park or the Porcupine Mountains.
In addition to being published Shovein took first place at the annual MAAP STARS competition, a statewide event bringing high school students together to demonstrate knowledge in marketing, productions, multi-media presentations and job skills readiness.