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Honors Students Win Awards at Eagle Showcase

Andrea Appleton (center) with Dr. Jerri Kropp (left) and Dr. Trent Maurer (right).

Georgia Southern University annually hosts the Eagle Showcase: Excellence in Service-Learning. The Office of Leadership and Community Engagement works with The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi to make this event possible for undergraduate and graduate students to present posters on service-learning projects. Two honors students were recognized, at this event, Vernon Herrington and Andrea Appleton. Herrington received first place in the undergraduate poster category, and Appleton received the People’s Choice Award.

Herrington worked with a group of students, developing a 3D model of local intersections. Herrington specifically made a model of the Brampton Avenue and Bermuda Run intersection to make recommendations on improving traffic flow. After their research, the group donated the model to the City of Statesboro engineers to help the redesign process.

Vernon Herrington (left) at the Showcase.

Appleton worked with Dr. Jerri Kropp and Dr. Trent Maurer during her First-Year Experience course, Animal-Assisted Therapy. The class worked with the Statesboro Parks and Recreation Department’s program, Stirrup Some Fun. The program provides therapeutic horse-riding for children with disabilities. Appleton explained the benefits such as increased self-esteem and confidence while reflecting on her own journey volunteering with the program.

Herrington and Appleton are active students both on and off campus. Their projects exemplified the importance of civic engagement, and both of them are using their time and resources to help the Statesboro community.

Click here to see the award-winning posters!


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