Portrait of an AP CapstoneTM Graduate 

Coastal Virginia’s inaugural class of AP Capstone  diploma candidates will graduate from Norfolk Collegiate on May 26, 2017. 

The AP Capstone™ Diploma program was introduced by the College Board to engage high school students  in college-level independent research, communication and teamwork. The program is built on two foundational courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, that emphasize inquiry-based independent research, collaboration, and  communication  as students investigate contemporary issues and problems from multiple perspectives. Students who successfully complete written theses and oral presentations and defenses of their research  receive either the AP Capstone Diploma™ or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ .

Here is a look at what our inaugural AP Research students delved into for their independent research projects:

William Trafton Addison

  • Identified energy usage issues caused by a one-to-one iPad program and sought to mitigate the excessive energy consumption through solar-powered iPad chargers. This study analyzed different characteristics of 3D-printed, solar-powered iPad chargers using content analysis and design-based research to redesign a new 3D-printed model. View project here

Austin Randolph Beale

  • Performed a case study on The TIDE light rail system to determine the economic and social impact of light rail transit through the collection of quantitative and qualitative data.  View project here

Cameron Alexis Brown

  • Investigated concussions in female youth soccer players to design an improved protective headgear that could decrease the number of concussions that players experience. View project here                     

Madison Paige Coakley

  • Analyzed quantitative and qualitative data gathered during the first 10 months that the Fruits N’ Veggies campaign in Hampton Roads to determine the program’s efficacy. In partnership with a local farm market, the Five Points Community Farm Market, Partnership for a Healthier America sponsored the launch of a mobile-market in the area, which was designed to increase accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables for families throughout Hampton Roads, more specifically for those residing in low-income areas and food deserts within the community.  View project here

Grant Ian Campion

  • Surveyed historic homeowners in West Freemason to determine retrofitting history, opinions about the financial impact of retrofits, use and knowledge of tax incentives, and opinions about how all levels of government provide information to citizens about tax incentives.  View project here

Victoria Ashley Cherry

  • Explored the effect of different music genres on the selective attention of high school students, which was then tested via the Stroop Color Word Test.  View project here

Hannah Gabrielle Garcia

  • Examined the benefits of school gardens and the potential they have to address hunger and childhood obesity in the United States by increasing the quantity of fresh food donations at food pantries.  View project here

Rimsha Mahnaz Haque

  • Studied the effects of exercise on the cognition of high school baseball players to find that exercise does improve cognition.  View project here

Amir DeVon Horton

  • Constructed a drip irrigation system to test the effectiveness of an agricultural irrigation method at the garden level.  View project here

Maria A. Leondaridis

  • Examined characteristics of nanotechnology for potential treatment of pediatric Crohn's Disease and Psoriasis due to inefficient current treatments. A comparative analysis was conducted among nanotechnology treatments for adult Crohn's Disease, Psoriasis and pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia to identify characteristics of possible nanotechnology treatments for pediatric Crohn's Disease and Psoriasis.  View project here

Danyan Li

  • Explored of the differences between America and China in treating paediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) with sildenafil, bosentan, and inhaled nitric oxide.  View project here

Laura Marin-Lopez

  • Investigated the effects of social media distractions on high school juniors and seniors.  View project here

Sarah Elizabeth Smallets

  • Investigated safe alternatives to synthetic pesticides and specifically focused on those used on Cabbage Looper.  View project here

Jack Marx Wentworth

  • Analyzed the effects of foreign exchange trading on historical downward trends of the U.S. dollar compared to international currencies to determine whether or not Forex trading affected those trends.  View project here