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Northwest’s Ulysses Fair Highlights Academic Passions


By Kevin O’Rourke

Every year Northwest High School’s Ulysses Signature Program offers students a unique opportunity to enhance their high school experience through being involved in a small, nurturing intellectual community.

This week, senior students participating in the school’s Ulysses Signature Program presented their final projects at the Ulysses Fair, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday, with half of the seniors presenting on each day.

The honors program which is unique to Northwest, is a four year experience according to Ulysses coordinator Dr. Suzanne Borenzweig. “The Ulysses Signature Program is designed to encourage student-initiated explorations in areas of strong interest. We encourage students to make connections through multidisciplinary investigations enhanced by technology.”

The final research projects are labors of love for the students. They allow students to focus their Ulysses honors coursework in an area which is both a personal passion and the student’s strongest academic interest.”

As a result, the variety of topics presented at the annual Ulysses Fair covers the spectrum from something as serious as senior Josh Levy’s “Study of the Psychological Effects on Poverty,” wherein he was able to find a correlation between negative parent-child interactions and living in poverty through surveys he conducted within the school; to Celeste Chung’s, “Study of Mermaid Mythology,” which traces the way myths about mermaids have changed throughout history.