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Senior Student Projects Run The Gamut
One student who is hooked on marine biology plans to create a saltwater aquarium. Another wants to construct an Army-style obstacle course for the school's athletes. A third will demonstrate ways of capturing the sun's rays to generate electricity.

Riverbank High seniors announced their year end projects to fellow students this past week and they included some novel and enterprising topics.

Lydia Frederick, for example, is teaming up with her boyfriend Marcus Garcia to design, construct and stock a saltwater aquarium.

"It's a challenge to get the water content just right or you can lose most of the fish," said Frederick. "I got interested when I brought a fish home from Walmart's. Now my boyfriend and I spend time visiting aquariums to watch fish. I'm interested in becoming a marine biologist."

The aquarium will be divided into two halves so Garcia can keep his sea anemones (which are plants) in one side and she can place her different oceanic fish in the other half.

The obstacle course designer is Korey Baughn, who competes in RHS football and track and plans on entering the Army. He has already joined the National Guard and did combat training with them last summer.

"I want to design an obstacle course, something involving jumping over logs, climbing barriers, crawling under ropes, that kind of stuff. Then I will present it to the school district board and hope to get approval to build it somewhere on the campus," he said.

It would teach strength, endurance and team cooperation and be a big benefit to the ROTC physical education program and all the athletes at RHS, he added.

Brock Costalupes is interested in solar energy as a source of electricity to run lighting, heating and other utilities in a home. Fossil fuels like oil are becoming depleted, he noted, while the energy of sunlight is limitless and free.

"For my physical project, I will build and attach solar panels to my home. Then I will wire them to batteries to produce enough electricity to at least power a small device like a cell phone," he said.