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SEP Raises Over $2,000 for Special Education Program at WSHS

03/29/2016 10:36 am

Koenen's big project inspired by little brother


    West Salem High School is known for its senior exit projects. Before receiving a high school diploma, all WSHS seniors must complete a community service-oriented project. Many seniors pick projects that involve something they care about, whether it be sports, animals or perhaps a future career. For Pierson Koenen, his SEP hit very close to home.

    Koenen’s younger brother, Carson, is affected by autism. When it came time for Koenen to pick an SEP, he knew right away he wanted to do something for other students in the district who are affected by special needs like his brother.

    “My main inspiration to do a project like this was my younger brother Carson,” Koenen said. “He is affected by autism and it is amazing to me how successful he has been considering the extra roadblocks he has to deal with on a daily basis that people without autism don’t have to worry about.”

    For his SEP, Koenen held a trivia competition Feb. 28 at Fox Hollow Golf Course. According to Koenen, participants signed up in teams of five or six people and engaged in friendly competition answering trivia questions.

    Read the whole story here.


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