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QUEST Senior Capstone

Astrid Quirarte, International Surgery to Help Children
Astrid Quirarte

For my physical product I traveled to Guatemala with the organization Mending Kids International to scrub in and observe pediatric otolaryngological surgeries, surgeries that focus on the ears, nose, and throat. As shown in my images, I had the opportunity to scrub in as the surgical technician for Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies, procedures that involve the removal of the tonsils and adenoids. When scrubbed in, the lead surgeon took her time to teach me the anatomical and physiological understanding of the procedure. I scrubbed in and observed ninety-four surgeries in a matter of five days. 

Students may take senior project or AP Research for their capstone class. Students who wish to take AP Research must also take AP Seminar in 10th or 11th grade.

2020-2021 timeline for AP Research and Senior Project-Exact Dates TBA


  • Topic Selection (AP Research) Project Proposal (Senior Project):  September

  • Literature Review (AP Research) Annotated bibliographies and 8 note cards(Senior Project):  October

  • Approval of methodology (AP Research) Thesis statement(Senior Project) October

  • Paper outline + 16 note cards (Senior Project): October

  • Project Commitment Speech(Senior Project):  October/November

  • Begin Research (AP Research) Paper draft one (Senior Project): November

  • Paper draft two (Senior Project):  December

  • Speeches (Senior Project):  December

  • Paper due(Senior Project):  December

  • Proof of Venue Booking(Senior Project):  December

  • Prove-It/20 hours(Senior Project): January

  • Career Report Powerpoint Presentation (Senior Project):  January

  • Write research paper (AP Research): February

  • Progress Report Powerpoint/Google Slides (Senior Project):  March

  • Physical Product(Senior Project), Prepare oral defense (AP Research):  March

  • Senior Night Presentation Board blueprint and text:  March

  • Portfolio (Senior Project), Oral defense of research (AP Research):  April

  • Upload research paper to college board website (AP Research): May

  • Senior Night(Senior Project and AP Research):  May

  • Senior Project Board Evaluations(Senior Project):  June