The students incorporated some powerful statements into their work. Unfortunately it's not possible to read all of it in the photographs I have included.
One student (below), moved away just after the reference photos were taken at the start of the project. Her classmates completed her project for her, passing around her portrait outline so each student could write a message of love to the friend they missed.
This project was very personal to each student. In addition to being a portrait of their face, and using words they wrote about their own core values, each project also features the student's own handwriting. The density and disorder of the handwriting varies greatly from project to project, but ultimately all are effective in creating a meaningful and recognizable portrait.
Not every student was completely finished with their projects by the time I started taking photographs in the gallery, but most were. I think only 3-5 were not yet displayed.