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Chargers present research findings on college campus (read more)

     Eight Saint Joseph High School students recently presented their findings and reflections on the progress of equity in women’s rights, civil rights, and education as part of an online dual-credit American history course offered through Benedictine University.
     As one of the course requirements, the Chargers on March 3 went to Benedictine’s Lisle campus, where they stood in front of college students who were enrolled in the same class.
     “I was a little nervous,” admitted senior Jordan (Chicago) who with her partner, Taylor  (Westchester), spoke on women’s rights.  “Fortunately, Taylor and I didn’t have to go first. I thought we did a good job.”
     “All of our students did very well,” said Danielle Wagner, the assistant principal for academics. “Their professor was very complimentary.”
     “It went better than I could have hoped,” said senior Amanda (Westchester). “Like the others, I was a little nervous.” Amanda spoke on civil rights, along with her group members Jazlyn (Chicago) and Lucas  (Westchester).
     “I learned a lot,” said Jazlyn. “The research was very enlightening.”
     The presentations began with an overview on the lack of equity in education, with presenters David (Westchester), Kayla (Westchester), and Trinity (Glen Ellyn).  
     Each of the presentations included a historical overview of the group’s research, existing laws during the period under study, significant people who influenced positive change and a consideration of change still needed to guarantee equity. 
     This is the second year St. Joseph has participated in the dual-credit program. For the first semester, students took an astronomy course, for which they earned three hours of college credit, transferable to other universities. For the American history class, students also earned credit at St. Joes for their social studies requirement.
     The course syllabus lays out the goals of the program: “The objective is not only to provide an integrated approach to the study of history, but also to enhance the student’s critical thinking, research, and communication skills.”
     Congratulations, Chargers, on a great day and a great accomplishment!