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Senior Independent Project Samples

Senior Independent Project

During the summer between junior and senior year and throughout the fall term, each senior will work on an independent project whereby he is linked with an alumnus or friend of the school. With his mentor, he will explore a specific topic in great detail. This Practicum consists of an oral presentation as well as a final presentation to the entire school using an alternative medium such as a chapel talk, newspaper article, T-P Ted talk, etc. Part of the exercise is figuring out how to share the findings with the community. 

Below is a sampling from the 2016-2017 Senior Independent Projects:

Watch Ryan's Video

Ryan Winn's Senior Independent Project was to create a lip dub video promoting the School which could then be used by the Admissions office to share with new students upon their acceptance to Trinity-Pawling in March.

Watch Jackson Behind the Scenes

Take a behind the scenes look at Jackson Wang's Senior Independent Project, a Fashion Lookbook for Trinity-Pawling School. 

Check out Chris' Photographs

Armed with his iPhone and some advice from his SIP mentor, Chris Polletta headed off to the Pawling Nature Preserve, Great Swamp, Appalachian Trail, and his neighborhood pond. The result? Sixteen close-up shots capturing the splendor of fall, from richly colored leaves, mirror-like ponds, beckoning paths, and decomposing logs.

Louis' Vintage Dorm Room

Louis Inghilterra '17 is a fan of all things retro. Louis is the Director of Trinity-Pawling's Vinyl Record Club, host on Trinity-Pawling's radio show "The Voices of Trinity-Pawling," and founder of the "Take It or Leave It" free thrift shop on campus. For his Senior Independent Project (SIP), Louis created a dorm room replica from the 1960s and held an open house for Alumni from the 60s over Reunion & Homecoming weekend in the fall.

Watch Hunter's Short Film

Budding filmmaker, Hunter Olstein ’17 has been putting his passion and skills to the test through several opportunities at Trinity-Pawling. Last year, Olstein's Winter Project focused on making a basketball tutorial video in Chinese. In the spring, he had a rare opportunity to become involved with the production of a feature film. The Netflix original film, “Coin Heist," shot several scenes on Trinity-Pawling’s campus, and Olstein landed a position as a production assistant. This year, his Senior Independent Project was a 3-minute short film that he created. Watch Hunter’s Senior Independent Project, “The Cover Up” below.

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

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Not Just In the Classroom

What makes Trinity-Pawling unique? The Effort System is at the heart of everything we do.

The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

We're Seriously Creative

The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.


As a parent or guardian of a Trinity-Pawling student, you are a welcome member of the community. Your involvement through event attendance, participation in the Parents' Association, or simply staying connected is appreciated.

This could be you!

Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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