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Honors Day events bring recognition to top-performing students

Apr 18, 2019

Students who excel in undergraduate research were recognized at Flagler College with a series of events. The Honors Day events schedule included honor societies presentations, individual poster presentations, a formal recognition ceremony and a reception for distinguished majors, their families and their faculty sponsors.

Group of students and Dr. Joyner in the center, on the stairs of Markland House.

Honors Day honorees and President Joyner (in center) at the Markland House ceremony.

Students who receive funding to conduct undergraduate research are required to present their findings during the Honors Day poster presentation. In addition, some students who participated were nominated by faculty because their research or performance stood out in some way. In certain cases, they secured funding from outside sources due to the quality of their work.

“Not a lot of people know about him other than the image we’ve created,” said rising senior Jayda Barnes regarding her work’s focus on Chief Osceola. Barnes said this research was a unique opportunity for her to do historical context research using primary sources from the local historical society. As an English major, this was a step outside the box for her. She received outside funding.

Anne Marie Echols’ research turned into an exhibition now located at the Florida Ballet in Jacksonville, Fla. titled, “The Florida Ballet: Laurie and Michael’s Legacy.”  

Some students have used this opportunity to develop a strong body of work to reference in their graduate school applications.

Senior Savannah Skinner will keep working after graduation on “A Continued Legacy of Colonialism: Gentrification in St. Augustine,” with her faculty advisor, Assistant Sociology Professor Jennifer Melvin. Skinner plans to apply to graduate programs after she completes more facets of this research.

Emily Bennet, from the Department of Behavioral Sciences, has already harnessed the power of her research on mental health using animals. She’s moving it forward by attending Carson Newman in the fall and researching animals for at-risk youth.

Students who presented this year include:

Emma Anderson

Jayda Barnes

Kylie Benetsky

Racheal Cecil

Taryn Chaya

Patricia Cheney

Olivia Collins

Jenna Davenport

Anne Echols

Rebecca Franey

Allison Hartnett

Madeline Horrel

Avery Linde

Lydia Logan

Kayla McManama

Alyssa Murtha

Jared Olson

Jasmine Quinones

Kimberleigh Ramey

Gianna Repicky

Valeri Reynolds

Savannah Skinner

Pauline Tainton

Amber Tyrrell


For the full photo slideshow of the day’s presenters and the ceremony, please visit here.

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