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Longwood students receive first-place award in regional honors conference

May 6, 2009

A presentation by three Longwood University students received a first-place award at a recent conference of the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC), which represents honors programs in Virginia and West Virginia.

Jennifer Curfman, Candice Fleming and Rebecca Franklin, all sophomore liberal studies majors in the Cormier Honors College, presented a project titled "Eradicating the Achievement Gap: Best Practices in Recruiting Teachers and Instructing Students in Urban Schools" at the VCHC's spring conference April 24-25 at George Mason University. Their presentation was chosen the best for Group Presentations, one of three award categories, for which they received a cash award.

The presentation was based on their work in Dr. Lee Bidwell's Honors section of Sociology of Education this semester. In the class, they investigated the obstacles in recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and educating youth in impoverished urban schools.

The students were accompanied at the conference by Dr. Geoff Orth, director of the Cormier Honors College and professor of German, and Dr. Alix Fink, assistant director of the Cormier Honors College and associate professor of biology. Dr. Orth is the VCHC's webmaster and is the organization's National Collegiate Honors Council-Southern Regional Honors Council liaison.