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Honors Graduates of Motlow's Smyrna Center Recognized at Symposium

June 1, 2011

Smyrna Honors Students RecognizedStudents enrolled in the Honors Program at Motlow's Smyrna Center recently participated in a symposium hosted by Nathan Sweeton, instructor of English and coordinator of the program in Smyrna. In keeping with the theme for the evening "Re-evaluating the Past," Alyssa Erny and Luke Yates, both of Smyrna, were recognized for their completion of the honors program in the past two years, having accumulated over 21 credit hours in Honors classes.

Cheryl Hyland, director of the Smyrna Center and Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, provost & vice president of student affairs were on hand as well as other faculty and family members to hear speeches and enjoy demonstrations from students portraying their honors course in the last academic year. An academic competition was held naming three winners and their presentations.

Third place went to Kristin Fabri whose paper re-evaluated the South's motives for fighting the American Civil War.  Second place winner, Ben Fryer, presented his paper about the book series "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. His focus was how the series uses many different world myths and religions to create a plausible alternate universe.  First place honors went to Lauren Oldham who presented a paper and short animated film she wrote and produced entitled "Medea and Pandora: Shifting Perspectives on Gender in Ancient Greek." She re-evaluated how Ancient Greek literature presents typical female concerns and how modern women can benefit from an understanding of an Ancient Greek attitude toward women.

In addition to the students' presentations, Gregory Sweeton, plant manager of Sunbeam-Oster in McMinnville, offered advice to the students on how they can best achieve academic and professional success. He noted that in the re-evaluation of his own past he never let circumstances prevent him from achieving his education. Sweeton serves on the Board of Directors for River Park Hospital in McMinnville and on the Warren County Industrial Development Board.

Current classes available to students in the Honors Program at Smyrna include: English Composition I, British Literature, American Literature, Greek Mythology, Fantasy Literature, US History I and II, and Film Studies. Additional courses are being planned for the fall enrollment.