In retrospect, I have to say that the Pitch is probably one of the most important steps to the whole process. It's one thing to give students a list of directions and a long time to complete them, but the Pitch forces students to conceptualize the entire process very early on. Without it, the danger is that students will simply allow time, fate, and whims to create their final project, rather than careful planning. Though it may seem tedious to do a project about the project you're about to do, the Pitch and "sale" are excellent tools in focusing the work.
With that, it's now the weekend after one of the longest four-day weeks ever. At this point, only two weeks (and a couple of days) remain until 2014 is finished at the high school. It'll be a race against time to get these projects done beforehand.