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Students' Monograph Tackles Climate Change as part of St. Benedict's Project Acceleration Program


December 2020

Climate change is a world-wide crisis right now and St. Benedict’s students enrolled in the School’s Project Acceleration program presented a strong argument this past Fall Term on how dire the circumstances are right now.

Projection Acceleration (PA) allows gifted students to earn college credits from Seton Hall University. This means that students from The Hive can begin their college studies right at St. Benedict’s Prep, and will have a transcript from Seton Hall University reflecting credits earned.

This year, St. Benedict’s Boys Prep Division had had 26 students taking courses through Project Acceleration.  Classes included African American History, Advanced Art, Meteorology and Senior Religion. French 4 was recently accepted as a Project Acceleration course and will be open to students in the Girls Prep Division next term. We also have 15 students taking courses at NJIT, including Microeconomics and Humanities 101 – Writing, Speaking and Thinking.

“Project Acceleration opens up early college opportunities to more students by leveraging the education and skills of their high school teachers during existing class time,” said Associate Headmaster for Academics at St. Benedict’s Michelle Tuorto H’16.

Tuorto, a Project Acceleration instructor, had six students from her PA class in Meteorology study climate change in the fall. Juniors Everton Browne, Ryan Johnsen and Zakei Shah, along sophomores Pedro Cena, Isaiah Ramos and William Register put together a Monograph on Climate Change.

Browne tracked “The Melting of the Glaciers,” Cena studied “The Effects of Climate Changes on Hurricanes,” Johnsen tackled “Climate Change Impact on Agriculture and Crop Productivity,” Ramos presented his facts on “The Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Biodiversity,” Register focused on “The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health,” while Shah examined “The Natural Causes of Climate Change.”

The six students who qualified to take part in Tuorto’s PA class were only a fraction of the students who took her meteorology class. They, unlike the rest of the students in the class, were required to complete a research project and they choose to focus on Climate Change.

Click here to view the Monograph