The Hampton University (HU) Honors Program attended the National African American Association Honors Program (NAAHP) conference Oct. 9-11 in Jackson, MS. The 23rd annual conference was in Jackson "to mobilize the chapters west of Atlanta as well as invigorate inactive chapters," according to Dr. Sabin Duncan, Director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College. Duncan's first time attending the conference was 20 years ago with Davy, the Honors College's previous director.
At the annual conference, NAAAHP grants students the opportunity to present scholarly research, network, debate, and compete academically. Sophomore Honors Program students won all four of the student positions available, as well as one faculty position. Armani Perkins was elected assistant to the vice president of the conference. Peter Savedge and Sydney Bland were voted Mr. and Miss NAAAHP. Bethany Caldwell was voted treasurer of the NAAAHP. The HU Debate Team and Model African Nations won first place in their respective competitions.
At the end of the conference, HU students took the stage and sang an impromptu rendition of the Alma Mater.
"Sometimes, as a professor, you think about what your students will consider the good times when they think about their college years. I believe many of our students will look back on their time at Hampton and remember that trip to Mississippi as one of their best times in their undergraduate career."
Duncan said Davy instilled values that cultivated him into the person he is today. He is honored to have the opportunity to be able to do the same for the young men and women currently in the Freddye T. Davy Honors Program, he said.
Sechemelia Lewis '15