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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Richland Two Annual Registration Night

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: Political Brain

Mainaiya Myers, a recent Ridge View Scholars Academy for Business and Law graduate, focused her Senior Capstone Research Project on the question "how can taking a government course make you more politically aware as a citizen? Her interest in this topic was sparked by the recent presidential election when many misunderstandings were expressed on social media regarding the outcome of the election. Myers used a survey sent out via social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. The overall results of the survey were positive and proved my hypothesis that government courses can increase individual political awareness. You can view the results of this study by visiting her website Elect Your Brain by clicking on the image. If you like daily facts about government and want another source to stay up to date with current events, you can follow her on Twitter @brain_politics. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: End Teen Dating Violence

My name is Micayla Hayden.  Prior to graduating from Ridge View as a member of the Scholars Academy for Business and Law, Micayla Hayden focused her Senior Capstone Research Project on how to end dating violence. Statistics show that 1 in 3 teenagers will experience dating violence between the ages of 13 and 18. This means that 1 out of every 3 teenagers you see sitting in a classroom, bagging groceries at your local grocery store, or roaming the mall with friends will be physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by a dating partner, friend, or acquaintance. Having experienced and witnessed dating violence, Hayden has come to understand the signs, the dangers, and the effects of this unspoken abuse, and furthermore, the importance of educating other teenagers. Her research focused on answering the question “Are Public Schools Effectively Educating Teenagers on Teenage Dating Violence?” by conducting a series of interviews with high school students, hoping to gain some insight on teenager’s perception, understanding, and experience with dating violence. Hayden found a complete absence of formal, preventative education resulting in teenagers experiencing dating violence are left to dissolve their abusive situation themselves, with little to no knowledge and little to no resources. Today’s teenagers have not been properly educated on teenage dating violence, and do not understand the signs, dangers, or effects of dating violence. Teenagers are failing to understand the complexity and severity of dating violence, unable to comprehend the realms that such abuse encompasses. You can follow Hayden on Twitter @EndTRViolence!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ALUMNI: Cameron Armstrong on ABC's Boy Band

Ridge View graduate Cameron Armstrong will perform on series premiere of Boy Band tonight on ABC at 8:00 PM.  Boy Band is a new series where talented singers battle with each other to become a member of the next great musical band.  Home viewers will get a chance to vote for their favorite five singers in order to create a group that America can truly call its own.  The cast includes Rita Ora, Nick Carter, Emma Bunton, and Timbaland.

Please turn your televisions to ABC tonight and vote for our own Ridge View Blazer, Cameron Armstrong, son of  Coach James Armstrong.  Let's show ABC and the world how much pride and support we give our own.

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: Teen Moms

Qua Daja Harrington, a recent graduate of Ridge View's Scholars Academy for Business and Law, worked on advocating for teen mothers to get the support that they need throughout the United States as part of her Senior Capstone Research Project. Her research centered upon the question “How does society stereotypes affect teenage mothers mentally as well as the people around them?” This case study focused on, the experiences and circumstances of teenage mothers, dealing with teen moms of all race who are enrolled in High School. This project is designed to support teenage mothers who need help and do not get the support that they need, starting from providing for the mother and child while giving them continuous counseling. The key of this project is to be able to show society how much their opinions actually affect teenage mothers. Teenage mothers need more help then they are actually receiving. Most states only have one or two organizations offering help to our teenage mothers. Harrington's research concluded that pregnant teenager’s lack support and are often judged by others. You can follow Harrington on Twitter @strongteenmoms. She will be attending the University of South Carolina Upstate in the fall to major in Nursing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: Self-Agency in our Girls

Jesni Sam is a recent RVHS Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law graduate. For her Senior Capstone Research Project, she investigated how social norms imposed on women affect self-agency in middle school girls. Middle School is an impressionable time for all adolescents. During this time it is important that girls are not taught to limit their abilities but are motivated to chase their aspirations. Previous studies have shown that girls are overshadowed by boys in classes, especially in science. Teachers are more likely to encourage boys to pursue careers in the STEM field than they are to encourage girls. Girls are also less comfortable to voice their opinions and be themselves when there is pressure to never make mistakes. Sam's research was based on observing single gendered classrooms to see how male and female students interacted with their teachers as well as their peers. She also held a focus group with four eighth grade students who were in a single gendered magnet program. The girls reported that they felt less comfortable in classes with boys due to the fear of being judged based on questions they ask or comments they make. They also stated that there are less distractions without the boys in class. Other testimonies included that boys are unwilling to let girls participate in their games. When the boys do let girls join their game, they avoid throwing the ball to them because they believe the girls are incapable of helping them win. Sam concluded that the best way to help girls grow knowing that they are capable of achieving their goals is for adults to be sure not to transfer sexist views on to their students. Parents should also teach girls not to take risk and play it safe. Sam believes that when these precautions are taken society will take a step forward into becoming stronger and more economically stable. She plans on attending the University of South Carolina and major in nursing in the fall.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: ADHD

Grace Justice, a recent graduate of Ridge View's Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law, focused her Senior Capstone Research Project efforts on the topic of whether or not teachers are given sufficient, applicable training on how to handle ADHD within the classroom. Justice conducted four interviews, three via the internet, and one face-to-face. These teachers indicated that they did not receive even minimal training, could not tell some of misconceptions from fact, and most could not determine whether ADHD was a purposeful lack of focus or a lack of ability. They also used outdated information, such as using “ADD” as a term, which was retired in 2013. This study found that our teachers are not properly trained in understanding ADHD and how to teach their students with ADHD. More has to be done educate our teachers to provide them with the skills needed to make their classrooms more accommodating for ADHD students. For more information, click on the image to visit her website or follow her on Twitter @psADHD.