Chazy Central puts students to the challenge

"I couldn't believe how much goes into a show," she said. "You have no idea how many hours these people practice, what goes into the actual making of it."

"It was one of the best experiences I've had in school and I think I would definitely like to try theatre in college," she continued. "I'm so glad I got the chance to do it."

Through the project, senior Madelaine Guay was able to live out a desire to swim with dolphins. It's something she's wanted to do since she visited Sea World as a young girl, she said.

"When Mrs. Brown told us about doing a project, I was thinking like a term paper or a speech, a PowerPoint - something along those lines," she said. "But, when she told us we got to choose something challenging that we've always wanted to do, I knew right away what I wanted to do."

The same day she learned of the challenge, Madelaine Guay called her aunt in Florida, who helped arrange a trip to Sea World's Discovery Cove in Orlando. When she got to complete her challenge, it was something she said she would never forget.

"It seemed so surreal," said Madelaine Guay. "I'll always look back on it and remember it."

When senior Stephanie Pepper looks back on the challenge she faced, she'll remember the bird's-eye view of Vermont she got when flying high over the Green Mountain State in a hot air balloon. That was the challenge Pepper presented herself and what she was able to make happen through a contact she made at U-Ken-Do Ballooning in Swanton, Vt.

"I had tons of crazy ideas and hot air ballooning was just one of them," said Pepper. "I e-mailed the pilot about my challenge and he was all for it."

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