GHS Student Displays Portrait of a Graduate Trait Collaborative with Planet Trail Project
December 21, 2023
Blue Aces are Collaborative! Granville High School (GHS) Senior Sadie Landry has been working to make an out-of-this-world project idea into a reality! Sadie is in her third term as president of the Astronomy Club, and during that time, she has encouraged more than 70 students to join and organized and hosted multiple nighttime sky observations, including many meteor shower observations, the viewing of sunspots, and the observations of a lunar eclipse. In addition, she has collaborated with Denison University to host a tour of the University’s observatory, led by Dr. Homan, and has worked with Mr. Bait to host several observations at Dawes Arboretum for astronomy-enthusiast community members.
The project she is most proud of though, is the Planet Trail. The catalyst for this project was an idea proposed by a former student, Carly Mayer, who was co-president of the astronomy club with Sadie during the 2021-2022 school year. The idea was to create a fun and educational “learning journey” of our solar system and how vast it is along the bike path from The Station restaurant (Main Street & TJ Evan Trail) to Bicentennial Park (Moots Run Road). Display pedestals will be positioned along the trail to explain more about the Sun and each planet, as well as their scale by comparison.
After Carly graduated, Sadie ran with the idea and is determined to make it reality. In doing so, she has started collaborating with dozens of people within Granville Schools, the Granville community, as well as the Licking Parks District. Her first stop was communicating with Granville Recreation District Director Andrew Wildman, who directed her to the Licking Park District. After presenting the idea to a panel of directors at Licking Park District, the project was approved. Her next step was to collaborate with art teacher Mrs. Tinnel at GHS to design nine plaques for the display pedestals using Adobe software. Students in her AP Physics class helped re-imagine and edit the designs for the plaques. Sadie moved the process forward with additional communication with Kyle Lund, another director at Licking Parks District, and Jennifer Roberts from the TJ Evans Foundation to present the renderings and receive approval for their installation.
After receiving approval of the designs and authoring a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Sadie connected with Granville Schools Superintendent Jeff Brown, GHS principal Scott Hinton, and the Granville Village Council to involve the school board and the village in the project for approval and awareness. She is working to procure cost estimates from Nutron OSM to produce the plaques for the trail. Financially, she has begun securing funding and reached out to the community’s Kiwanis and Rotary organizations for additional donations. We are excited to share that this project is estimated to be finished and installed by spring of 2024!
Sadie has really covered A LOT of ground with this Portrait of a Graduate trait, showing that being collaborative extends far beyond the classroom. She has demonstrated a strong ability to work with diverse teams and communicate with others in a variety of ways.
Thank you, Sadie, for your tenacity and being a true example of Collaborative!