Signature Scholars Class of 2025 are Announced

Four scholars were selected for the School’s Signature Scholars Research Program (SSRP). Last spring, applications were accepted for the program. Four applicants were accepted to the cohort and students were announced this fall, the beginning of their junior year.
Joining this year’s SSRP cohort are Ami Batterjee, daughter of Dr. 阿卜杜勒·巴特吉和夫人. Malak Wood of Grimesland, NC; Katherine Fensterle, daughter of Mr. 和夫人. Chris Fensterle of Sanford, Abbey Jones, daughter of Dr. 加里·琼斯和. Michelle Laframbroise of Southern Pines; and Campbell Medford, daughter of Dr. 和夫人. Mark Medford of West End. They join seniors who are in their second year of the two-year program: Christina Acker, 雷切尔·沃尔夫, Tylar Pastre, 奥黛丽金, 和卢克·哈珀.

O’Neal launched the inaugural cohort of the Signature Scholars Research Program (SSRP) in the fall of 2021. It is a highly selective program for upperclassmen who are not only academically strong but also passionate about a specific subject area. Applications for the program are submitted during students’ sophomore year. The two-year intensive study is directed by English Department Chair, Dr. 妮可Camastra. The first year as juniors, students take the Research Methodology and Philosophy course taught by Dr. Camastra, who guides their exploratory research. 同年, the scholars write an annotated bibliography and research proposal; they also identify experts on their research topic as credible sources and plan the schedule and phases of the project from beginning to end. While working with a 教师 mentor during their senior year, the scholars produce a 10,000-word research paper or portfolio/product of relative weight and value. They present and discuss their research before the school community and the public. Students who complete the program will earn a diploma with distinction from O’Neal.
O’Neal’s SSRP is intended to allow these exceptional students to eng年龄 in an intensive student-centered and inquiry-based study that will challenge them well beyond a normal college preparatory or Advanced Placement program. 
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