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Early College Students Present Their Research

Early College Students Present Their Research

April 22, 2016 -- John Carroll University’s April 11 Celebration of Scholarship presenters included nearly 50 JCU undergraduate and graduate students and 12 Heights High Early College sophomores.

All of the presentations were gallery walk style and took place on the JCU campus.

The high school students selected topics of interest to them and spent months working with an Early College mentor to flush out the topics for their Gateway Projects.

Yidiayah Box and Angelique Hale (L-R) were selected to present their research in a longer format on April 13.

Topics included: The Psychological Benefits of Dog Ownership, The Role That Gender Plays in the Recovery of Injured Student Athletes, and Gifted and Talented African Americans Undermine Their Abilities.

“This was a very challenging assignment,” said Early College teacher Bridget Lambright. “But the Early College teachers supported, pushed and pulled the students to submit very high quality work. Ms. Brown and I set the bar high and helped students meet the expectation.”

Kennethian Brown and Mrs. Lambright are the Gateway Project Coordinators and many of the nine member Early College team mentored the students in the process.

It was not easy.

“There were a few tears,” she continued. “However, in the end, the growth in the students’ skills and confidence was amazing.”

Matej Bartulovic at his poster presentation at the JCU Celebration of Scholarship. 

The Early College teachers selected two students, Yidiayah Box and Angelique Hale, to present their work at a more formal presentation on April 13. The students discussed their research findings for 15 minutes to an audience of JCU students, professors, Heights High staff and family members.

“It was exciting to be chosen to give a more detailed presentation,” said Yidiayah.

Both students felt that they learned so much about their topic.

Yidiayah’s research focused on the correlation between emotional disorders and teen obesity. “I found that students feel angry, anxious, and depressed about their weight,” she said. “I saw that body image can have a big impact on students’ mental health.”

Angelique’s research focused on the impact of sleep deprivation on memory. “I found that almost half of the teens that I surveyed are sleep deprived and almost 30% are borderline sleep deprived,” said Angelique.

Early College Sophomores and Their Gateway Research Topics:

Da'Sheona Anderson: The Psychological Benefits of Dog Ownership
Ashonti Austin: Society’s View of Masculinity Promotes Aggressive Behaviors
Matej Bartulovic: The Role That Gender Plays in the Recovery of Injured Student Athletes
Yidiayah Box: The Correlation Between Emotional Disorders and Teen Obesity
Rashawn Creer: Gifted and Talented African Americans Undermine Their Abilities
Angelique Hale: The Impact that Sleep Deprivation Has on Implicit and Explicit Memory
Aynia Johnson: The Impact of Internet Usage on High School Student Success
India McCullough: The Negative Impact Of Solitary Confinement On An Inmate’s Behavior
Mehki Patterson: The Scholarly Divide Between Student Athletes and NonAthletes
Lauren Pouge: The Over representation and Placement of African American Students in                   Special Education
KJ Wise: The Factors of Physiological and Cognitive Science in the Consumer Decision Making Process
Armonni Wittiker The Impact Of Orthorexic Behavior On Women’s Eating Habits

Alisa Lawson-McKinnie is the Early College Principal.

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