Honors Students Represent Gardner-Webb University at National Conference

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Participants Share Ideas and Tour Landmarks in Boston, Mass.

Cory Meigs, Laine Parker and Callie Elliott, display the GWU flag in Boston, Mass
From left, Cory Meigs, Laine Parker and Callie Elliott, display the GWU flag in Boston, Mass.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Five students in the Honors Program at Gardner-Webb recently represented the University at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s annual conference in Boston, Mass. The group included Callie Elliott, a senior biology major from Terrell, N.C., who serves as GWU Honors President and as student vice president for the Southern Regional Honors Council.

Through her experience, Elliott said she’s met other students and improved her public speaking skills. “The honors program has allowed me to grow as a person,” she observed. “This year, as the Honors President, I am able to engage with so many honors members and learn about their various journeys that led them to Gardner-Webb.”

The other students representing GWU were Joy Smith, Mallory Baucom, Laine Parker and Cory Meigs. Also during the conference, Elliott and Smith, a junior communication studies/photography major from Casar, N.C., participated in an “Idea Exchange” to share information about the GWU Honors Student Association’s Murder Mystery Dinner. “We spoke with fellow honors students and honors directors about how they could conduct the event,” Elliott related. “Many enjoyed our idea and others gave us useful tips on how to improve our event.”

Mallory Baucom, left, and Joy Smith
Mallory Baucom, left, and Joy Smith

Baucom, a junior psychology major from Indian Trail, N.C., presented her honors research, “Perfection: The Fatality of Down Syndrome,” at a poster session. Parker, a senior accounting major from Greensboro, N.C., and Meigs, a senior accounting and finance major from Uncasville, Conn., served as session moderators.

During their free time, the GWU students enjoyed touring Boston. “We walked through Faneuil Hall and enjoyed some seafood mac & cheese,” Elliott shared. “We toured the graveyard where John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin’s family are buried, and we walked around the outside of Fenway Baseball Park.”

Learn more about the University’s Honors Program.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university that prepares students to become critical thinkers, effective leaders and compassionate servants in the global community. Emphasizing a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics, Gardner-Webb is a place where Christian conviction meets intellectual freedom. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.