Many second semester high school seniors count the days until they get their diplomas, but Animas High School students are putting in countless hours to complete their senior projects —and they love every minute of it. A senior project requires students to use all the skills they’ve learned in their four years at the school beginning with research, analysis and writing a thesis. They then present their findings in a TED-style talk. Named for technology, entertainment and design, the talks present ideas, research and calls to action by experts in a limited time. The final stage is an action piece related to their topic.

Jaynes donated funds to help Katie Austin, Derek Pansze and Connor Whitesell build a tiny house of 128 square feet on a trailer. Austin researched the psychological benefits of living in a tiny house; Pansze took a look at modern nomadism and whether it has a place in society; and Whitesell investigated balancing cost-effectiveness with green building.