North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Eagles soared high at the 27th annual National Association of African American Honors Program (NAAAHP) conference in Concord, N.C.
The November 14-17 conference welcomed honor students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) from around the country.
Ten honor students from NCCU participated in quiz bowls, debates, oratorical contests, research presentations, community service projects, networking and professional development opportunities. They also met with job recruiters and admissions counselors during the Graduate School and Career Fair portion of the event, which was sponsored by Goldman Sachs, Georgia Pacific and ARMY ROTC.
Sophomore political science majors Akelo Agingu and Jordan Thomas were declared winners of the NAAAHP Great Debate competition after defeating Southern University and A&M College, Elizabeth City State University and Hampton University in three rounds of debate on net neutrality.
Senior biology major Iris Hernandes gave an oral presentation on her STEM research findings, while Mya Reeves, a junior business administration major, and Shavonna Corprew, a junior history major, participated in the Model African Union, which simulated the proceedings of the African Union General Assembly.
NCCU students also participated in the quiz bowl that featured three rounds of lightning-fast trivia questions on subjects ranging from history to sports. Team members were Brandon Reyes, a senior business major; Deandria Harper, a junior physics major; Isabel Gutierrez, a sophomore earth science major; Travis Williams, a sophomore accounting major; and Miranda Clinton, a sophomore history major. The group was advised by Clayton Mack Jr., special projects coordinator and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team coach.