Symposium Presenters

Jasmine Harrison, Francesca Whitfield, Raia Walker, Alyssa Drohan and Elizabeth Wells

Five students from the Alberta campus of The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia presented at the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held March 20th and 21st at James Madison University.

The students orally presented their projects in this prestigious program against seventy-two other competitors.

Jasmine Harrison, Francesca Whitfield and Raia Walker were selected for Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities. Their research project entitled “I Don’t Want to Give You the Wrong Depression: A Qualitative Study of the Works of Emily Dickinson” analyzed the content of Emily Dickinson’s poems for depressive disorder characteristics.

Alyssa Drohan and Elizabeth Wells presented their research project entitled “The Effect of Salicylic Acid on the Ability of Tomato and Bean Plants to Develop An Immunity to Tobacco Mosaic Virus”. All five were presented with certificates of participation.

The program is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Students compete by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

The Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress.