Information for Judges

You are invited to judge at our senior project DRIVE Community Night on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

DRIVE Community Night is a wonderful time for former teachers, community members, and local employers to see our seniors’ hard work over the course of the year.

The DRIVE project is designed to help students become more educated, active, and productive members of their community while developing the soft skills required to be competitive in the current job market. These skills include, but are not limited to, collaborating and communicating with others, using innovative thinking, demonstrating the ability to create and adapt to change, using decision making skills, and presenting information.

Schedule for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. Viewing of senior projects in the dome (optional)
  • 5 p.m. FREE dinner served in the media center (optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. Judge's informational meeting in the media center (optional)
  • 6 - 8 p.m. Student presentations in assigned rooms

About the DRIVE Project

The DRIVE project consists of four major components:

-A research paper: a 4-5 page typed document related to the topic of the project. It will require that the student use specific skills such as research (locating information), organization, time management, and expression of ideas

-A project: an endeavor in which a student takes a leadership role, demonstrating further academic pursuit, social service, career exploration, or a creative endeavor that furthers a business-related goal or benefits the community that consists of at least 25 hours of outside-of-school work

-A presentation with multimedia visual aid: an 8-10 minute presentation given to a community-based panel at the end of the semester, demonstrating completion of the project, the use of soft skills, and personal growth. It will also include evidence of the final tangible “product,” the outcome of the project  

-A digital portfolio: a file containing all of the documentation required for the project  

Judging duties

As a judge, you will be assigned with 1 or 2 other judges to a room in which 6 or 7 students will present their 8-10 minute presentations. You will have a few minutes to ask students about their projects. These students will have practiced their presentations in class, received feedback from their English 4 teachers, and presented in class for a grade, so you should see a revised, polished version on DRIVE Community Night.

Your task is to give the student specific feedback on their project and presentation. Your combined judge scores in the room will make up approximately 10% of the students’ final Senior DRIVE project grades.

We anticipate that we will need between 80 and 90 judges to put 3 judges in each room.

If you are interested in being a judge, please fill out the Community Judge Volunteer Form.

Email Sarah Renfrow, DRIVE project coordinator, at with any questions.

A judging rubric will be supplied on DRIVE Project Night.