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Senior Thesis

The Senior Thesis is a major research paper that every student at St. John Paul II High School completes during their senior year.  This paper serves as a capstone work in which students are required to integrate and apply what they have learned through their study of Theology and the Catholic faith into their research of a contemporary issue facing society.  Students compose a college-level research paper and also present and defend their research before a panel of St. John Paul II High School faculty.
Some examples of contemporary issues are:
1. Child Soldiers 
2. Human Trafficking 
3. Immigration 
4. Death Penalty and Capital Punishment 
5. Just War- In light of 21st Century Warfare. 
6. Racism and racial inequalities 
7. Social Justice Issues in Education 
8. Abuse of the Legal System-Justice Issues in trials-are they influenced by ethnic or economic factors 
9. Gun Control, Arms Race, Weapons 
10. Our role in protecting the environment related to Church teaching.