Giving 20 Percent

Juniors Spencer Reay (left) and Richard Wall (right) pose for a photo. The two juniors had been busy all second semester working on their 20 time project. Their project was making a flyable drone. “People do 20 time to get motivated, since you get to pick your project you can pick something you like,” Wall said. photo by Matthew Morawa
Juniors Spencer Reay (left) and Richard Wall (right) pose for a photo. The two juniors had been busy all second semester working on their 20 time project. Their project was making a flyable drone. “People do 20 time to get motivated, since you get to pick your project you can pick something you like,” Wall said. photo by Matthew Morawa

Giving 20 percent of your time seems like a lot, but giving twenty percent of your time in class to do whatever you want entices many students. This is the premise of Twenty Time. Student projects this year range from learning a song on a guitar to building a drone.

“Twenty time is when you’re given twenty percent of your time in class to work on basically whatever you want,” junior Richard Wall said. “You work on it in class and then write a blog so people are updated on what you’re doing and tell others how it effects your community.”

Wall and his partner, junior Spencer Reay, decided to spend their time building a drone.

“We’re building a quad copter [drone] from actually nothing, into hopefully something that’s fully flyable,” Reay said.

Twenty time takes place during the second semester of every year. Spanish teacher Lisa Bonotto as well as English teacher Sarah Hechlik each do it with carrying degrees of success ranging from each student every year. However twenty time is also seen as a springboard for projects that students are hopefully going to continue.

“We definitely don’t intend to be done before twenty time is over and we share at the project fair, maybe we’ll finish by the end of school,” said Reay.

Along with blogs, students must share their projects in a presentation fair that’s being held Northwood University on May 5th. In the fair students must present their personal growth, the goal of their project, and what they’ve accomplished. Twenty percent of your time may seem like it is a lot of time to work on one thing in class, but the goal is to promote personal growth that helps the community.

For more information on the goal of 20 time click here.

By: Matt Morawa

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