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Academic Magnet Scholar to Present Thesis at Regional Conference

Academic Magnet Scholar to Present Thesis at Regional Conference
Posted on 03/05/2018
Jack Hosley

Jack Hosley is passionate, and successful, in several areas of his life. For example, the senior at Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) is going to attend Macalester College in Minnesota on a baseball scholarship. He also takes an active stance against bullying; he wrote his senior thesis about that topic. That project is attracting a bigger audience, as Hosley will present his thesis in person at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) annual conference this week. The organization is meeting in Charleston, SC March 7-9, 2018.

“I would like to say that this project wouldn't have been possible without the faculty and staff at AMHS,” explained Hosley. “I would also like to thank Dr. Conway Saylor of The Citadel for mentoring me in this process. With her help, I took a topic that I have always had an interest in [and turned it] into a possible career path.”

Hosley’s paper is titled Self-Reported Bullying and Ostracism of Students Labeled Gifted and Talented. The thesis deals with experiences and issues this group of students goes through in public school districts, especially in the Southeast.

“His submission went into the fully competitive professional arena and was blindly reviewed,” stated Dr. Saylor. “This was not a student research competition, but a prestigious professional-level review and selection process.”

Based on previous research, Hosley hypothesized that honors students would, in fact, report higher levels of bullying or ostracism than their peers. For the study, archival data was analyzed, and there were 1,074 participants (382 at the elementary school level, 399 in middle school, and 294 high school students), with each student self-reporting whether or not they were in gifted and talented or honors classes.

“To complete this study, and to be able to present my research at the SEPA conference, is nothing like what I had envisioned going into this process at the beginning of my junior year,” Hosley added. “While this study does not completely solve the problem, it does help add to the literature that is available so that other researchers can determine if these results are consistent nationwide, or even in other countries. I look forward to being able to continue my research in the future and hopefully work towards developing and implementing a solution that will help solve this issue."

For more information about Hosley’s thesis or his presentation at the SEPA conference next week, contact AMHS Principal Catherine Spencer at (843) 746- 1300.

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