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Jenn Baucom, Andrea Messick, Ashton Wheeler Graduate with Honors

Three seniors in the School of Education completed research theses and graduated with honors or highest honors at the commencement exercises on May 15, 2005. 

Jenn Baucom, elementary education major, was awarded highest honors for her high academic achievement and completion of her senior thesis titled “Barriers to Education for Students Who Are Homeless.”  Her advisor was George Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk distinguished professor of sociology of education.

Andrea Messick, elementary education major, was awarded honors for her senior thesis titled “Improving Literacy One Child at a time:  A Review of Reading Recovery.”  Her advisor was Cynthia Smith, assistant professor of literacy studies.

Ashton Wheeler, elementary education major, was awarded honors for her senior thesis titled “Do More Minorities Mean More Multicultural Education?  A Study of Minority Representation and Extracurricular Activities.”  Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday distinguished professor, was her advisor. 

“It is gratifying to work with extraordinarily talented persons such as these three students and to see them choosing to be teachers in North Carolina,” said Gerald Unks, director of the School of Education’s Undergraduate Honors Program and professor of social foundations of education.