Atlanta, Georgia played host to the 26th Annual Convention of the National Association of African American Honors Programs November, 9-12th. Founded in 1990, NAAHP was conceived to address the particular needs of Honors scholars of color. This year’s conference, “Honors Mindset: Legacy of Social Justice” featured more than 300 Honors Scholars from across the nation’s HBCUs. The occasion was even more significant as it marked the first time the NAAHP and the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) held simultaneous conferences. The Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program was well represented as our Scholars presented papers, entered posters in a research competition, competed in Quiz Bowl and lead a book discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. Congratulations to our E.W. Githii Honors Scholars.
Melanine Ferdinand-King—“Opting Out: Black Students and Black Studies at American Colleges and Universities”
Najma Thomas—“Coronal Mass Ejections”
Kayla Smith—“Being a 21st Century Ida B. Wells Activist
Faty–Sharone Sylla—“The Impact of a President’s Gender in Argentine and Brazilian Politics: Name-calling in Youtube Comment Sections”
Hannah Price—“Purification of Human PARP1”
Gabrielle Price—“Immune Modulation of Resected Glioblastoma by Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells”
Catherine Rono—“Modeling the Effect of Kanamycin on Metal Uptake in Arabidopsis Seedlings”
Frances Neal—“Psychophysiological Predictors of Learning in a Complex Motor Skill: An Exploratory Analysis”
Book Discussion: Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy (NCHC)
Kami Robbins—Discussion Leader
Joi Stewart—Discussion Leader
Lydia Laramore—Discussion Leader
Raquel Thomas—Discussion Leader
Representing Spelman in the Quiz Bowl competition was Jessika Agyepong, Ariana Benson, Alexia Lakeman and Elana Harris. Led by their coach Dan Bascelli, they won first prize!