David Tago (Kenya) – Weaving the Strings
Through an experiential activity which involved attempting to fit as many bouncy balls as possible into a box held up by a single string, David reflected on his attempts to pursue success by focusing on his singular passions for music, and then academics, and then student leadership, before learning to balance his multiple interests as an artist, student and leader on his journey. This was a recreation of his ALA Thesis.

Chisom Ndubisi (Nigeria) – Hyperrealism in the Feminine Mystique.
The Creativity Research program at ALA empowers students with a core passion in the arts to attempt to create original work by weaving multiple influences. Chisom’s presentation focused on the creation of hyper-realistic art forms using feminine facial features. She created a 3D-image replica of various female faces using pencil art.

Dominique Yao (Cote d’Ivoire) – The Char Candle
Through the Scientific Research class, Dominique had attempted to discover the potential efficiencies in creating candles from char (recycled plastic), and comparing the output with regular wax candles. After several experiments conducted in ALA’s science laboratories she concluded that char candles burn quicker and have a worse smell than wax candles, though the burn brighter.

More than 20 members of the Class of 2017 conducted independent research during their time at ALA. To learn more about the academic program at ALA, click here.