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2017 Senior Leadership Capstone Projects

Senior Capstone Video Project (shown at Windows on the World 04/21/17)

This past Spring Semester, graduating seniors in LFP participated in Senior Leadership Capstone Projects. These service projects allowed teams of students to serve the surrounding community in a variety of ways. Through the planning and implementation of these projects, students put into practice the leadership skills they have been developing over their journey here at Eastern. The goal of the capstone project was to find a specific need outside of the campus community and practically find strategic ways to serve that organization's need. Through their service, students put into practice the core commitments of LFP they have been growing over the past four years - leadership development, faith formation, and philanthropic creativity.

The projects ranged from coaching, to consulting, to entrepreneurial. One group helped Project HEAL - Southeast PA Chapter in promoting Eating Disorder awareness by participating in a photography project that met a need of the organization. Another group worked with a climate change organization Young Evangelicals for Climate Action to gather people's climate testimonies. A third group raised money for Fellowship Community Church's local food pantry. Another group served a local non-profit store, The Alley Door, by helping the owner improve her advertising. A fifth group held a staff appreciation day for Nancy Hicks Live, a local non-profit organization in the community. The sixth group created a presentation for Nationalities Service Center to promote awareness of refugee needs in the community. As one can tell, the projects ranged in topics and types of service, yet each one was uniquely designed to meet the needs of a community group through the skills and dedication of LFP students.

Feedback on the projects was wonderful, and the surrounding community was deeply appreciative of the service from the students. Many commented how much they enjoyed having EU students help their organizations, and what a difference the groups made for them (Check out this kind post)! This experience also had a positive effect on the students, who describe this as a great opportunity to really put what they have been learning into practice.

The students presented these projects and their outcomes to the Eastern community on April 21st, 2017 through a moderated forum style presentation at Windows on the World.  They also helped put together an introduction film (seen above) as a prelude to the presentation.

Check out a photo gallery of the seniors during the final film shoot.

Read more on some of our featured seniors (class of 2017):

Shannon Farmer

Kyle Berner

Shelby Kuchenbrod




LFP Students Leading the Way to a Championship

A conversation with men's soccer captain Jacob Myers ('19) and women's volleyball standout Sarah Roberts ('19) on their teams' recent league championships


How did you and your team prepare for the moments leading up to the Championship?

Jacob (above #30): Our coaching staff prepares us by giving a scout on how to beat the upcoming team, and watching film of our opponents. For the championship game specifically, our coach emphasizes that a few nerves are normal, but to trust our skills and be confident that we are more prepared. The last thing we do before warm-ups every game is a team prayer.

Sarah (above center): Beyond the hundreds of hours of practice, workouts, and drills, my coach really focuses on team building. Team support is key in any sport but especially volleyball. We spend time on and off the court building relationships with each other. I think this is part of the reason we found so much success this year! Everyone was committed to supporting each other and seeing the team do well.

How does it feel being a Mac Champion?

Jacob: It's awesome, especially to repeat as back to back champions. It shows that all of our hard work does pay off and it motivates us to work even harder for next season because we are the team to beat.

Sarah: I feel it is a real privilege that we were able to go so far. These opportunities are earned with hard work and it's great to see all the time in the gym, working out, fundraising, etc. pay off. I feel really thankful for all those who helped us reach those achievements (coaches, athletics staff, parents, etc.). Even though our results in the Elite 8 game were not what we might have wanted, I was so proud of our team! We gave it our all and played for God's glory and that's all we can ask for!! 

What are some challenges you've face this season?

JacobWe faced challenges when coming out slow in games without the proper intensity, so we must be intentional about being completely ready mentally and physically when the whistle blows. We have very high expectations next season to win the conference for the third year in a row. We are returning 10 starters and have a great group of guys who are willing to work hard.

Sarah: We had a small team this season so that was a struggle sometimes in practice. It also helped us though I think because we were all fully involved in every practice. Many of us faced injuries and pain but we were able to battle through it! This season we lose three really great seniors (Alicia, Rylie, and Steph) so moving forward, it will be difficult to find players to fill their shoes! We have had numerous recruits visit and Coach Birtwistle is excited about next year's possibilities! I am excited to put in some hard work in the gym in the spring season in anticipation for a great Fall 2017 season!!

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