They really are. They are coming up with challenging and interesting topics for their research papers. Most of them actually seem interested in their topics. And when you're interested in your topic, you are much more likely to write an interesting paper!
For their comparison/contrast papers, they're comparing Gospel accounts and biblical interpretations in reference to abortion, as well as short stories, poems, and movie reviews. One girl is comparing/contrasting a movie review from a Christian site to a review from a secular site. They're coming up with good stuff. I'm actually looking forward to reading their essays!