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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Honors Students Present Research

Is the Electoral College the best way to elect a president?

Alvin Community College Honors student Sam Jasek presented his research on the system and whether it is still the best basis for American presidential elections. His research included possible alternatives such as popular vote, electoral votes based on proportion and more.

“A proportional-based electoral vote would represent the states more equally,” he said. “Many believe it would eliminate swing states.”

Jasek was one of many students who covered a wide variety of topics in the fall 2017 Honors presentations including Chinese history, the influence of Roman intellectuals, the etymology ancient Egyptian languages and many more.

“These projects will prepare our students for local, regional and national competitions. We had a great group of students this year,” said Elizabeth McLane, ACC Honors chair.

The scholarship winners from this semester’s presentations were Dual Credit student Olivia Villanueva, John O'Brien and Felipe Trujillo Wheeler. Each will receive $750.

Honors students compete throughout the school year in local and regional conferences. ACC Honors students have presented their research projects at local and national conferences such as the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium and the Great Plains Honors Council.

Student James Thompson presented research on the background of the Egyptian mythological god Set. His presentation included research on the origins of the the myth and the development of its character in several cultures.

“He had a large influence over a large part of the population,” in ancient Egypt, Thompson said. “Most of the myths start with him as a good guy who transitions into a bad guy.”

Jessica Robleado delivered her presentation on the Roman architect, Vitruvius. While Vitruvius was an architect by trade, his philosophy of establishing a well-rounded education for students continues to serve as influence today, she said.

“It is our willingness to be open to other studies of knowledge not only makes us better professionals but better humans,” Robleado said.

To be eligible for the Honors program at ACC, students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 with at least 12 hours, an ACT score of at least 26, an SAT score of at least 1100, graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class along with approval by the class instructor.

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