By Leonel Rojas ’17 and Andy Celdo ’17
Juniors and seniors involved in the Intel program conversed with teachers and fellow students in the Intel Luncheon Intel, also known as the Social Science Research Program, is an elective in which students conduct research projects centered on sociology, the study of social behavior and society in general. Throughout the course, students have worked on assignments that are targeted to understand the way society behaves.
The course began in their spring semester of sophomore year and continues until the end of their senior year. As the program progresses, students build a foundation of ideas and plans necessary for a major, required project in their junior and senior years.
During the luncheon, all Intel students were expected to attend, but a number of students had skipped out on the event. The teachers involved gave speeches during sixth period, and afterwards, the Intel students moved to a separate room to socialize, eat, and take a break. This event put the students in a social and talkative environment and involved the students getting to know each other better.
“It takes a really special type of student to go through this type of program,” said Ms. Diamond, one of the teachers involved in the Intel Luncheon. “Keep on taking risks and struggle a bit, you’ll get far in life,” she added, directed towards the graduating seniors.
In previous ceremonies, students carried out a “torch” ceremony, in which a representative of the senior class handed a flashlight to a junior representative, symbolizing the continuation of the class through the upcoming seniors. However, it was not done this time around. Students prepared room 155 in advance when they brought beverages, different types of foods, and other refreshments and dropped them off for the event.
The program currently has two senior classes and a junior class that contains only 19 students on its roster. The Intel program is in danger of being dropped because of the low number of students in the junior class and a non-existent sophomore class.