Senior Project Spotlight

Hi! My name is Ella Sage, I recently graduated from Penn Charter where I was a member of the varsity field hockey team and a producer of our weekly news show. To culminate one’s time at Penn Charter, each senior must complete a comprehensive project where they intern at a place of their choosing. When picking my project, I was aware that I wanted social media marketing as an aspect of my internship, but I also wanted to do something that made a difference. Blaine had attended Penn Charter and therefore we shared a lot of the same faculty members. When a teacher of mine mentioned Live Like Blaine, I immediately looked into the organization and quickly realized it was the perfect match. Not only would I be exposed to various social media marketing and video editing projects, but I would gain significant insight into working for a nonprofit organization.

At Live Like Blaine, I was tasked with working on social media promotions and engagement, and video creation and planning. While I enjoyed the social media work, I am most proud of the Coaches’ panel I held at Penn Charter in late May. I wanted to draw attention to gender equity in athletics in association with LLB’s work in leadership. I held a panel with four PC Girls Athletics Coaches to discuss leadership and gender equity in girls’ athletics. Through this panel, I was able to start an important conversation about gender equity in PC athletics, which I had always wanted to do!

The most important thing that I did not expect to learn during my time at Live Like Blaine happened to be about leadership. After hearing about girls’ experiences who had been a part of Live Like Blaine’s Leadership Academy, how they defined leadership caused me to realize that leaders can come in many different forms. Leaders are not always the loudest people or the best athletes, but the people who embody traits such as positivity and determination.