Juniors and sophomores presented original research at Archdiocese of Washington High School Principals Association’s Student Academic Symposium on Mar. 10. The eight students conducted the original research both as part of their standard coursework and independently. Topics ranged from World War II to cryptography. (See full topics below.)
The symposium replicated a college conference experience. Students with similar themes were grouped into four-member panels. Each participant presented his or her paper, followed by a question and discussion period. The symposium provided a showcase for the exceptional work being done by students in local Catholic schools.
This is the sixth annual ADW symposium, and Visitation students have participated every year. This year’s students and topics include:
Anne Elizabeth Barr '18: The U.S. government, which should be guiding the country toward a future of freedom and equality, instead leads it toward a past akin to the Jim Crow era, filled with hate, racism, and oppression of Americans.
Adrienne Becker '18: In addition to bringing America into World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated the persecution and discrimination of Japanese-Americans, causing their civil liberties to be violated.
Emily Carchia ’18: The Vietnam War, specifically its connection between the media, the government, and public opinion, continues to promote discussions regarding how the media should respond to current events.
Sofia Flynn '19: RSA encryption is one of the most secure types of cryptography and is the most common type of encryption used to protect and secure private information on the internet.
Martha Gamy '18: The characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance, including art and civic culture, gradually merged over the years and formed a misconception that the movement was based on only one principle of simply acknowledging black Americans.
Mary Kolesar '18: Although both isolationists and interventionists wanted to achieve world peace amid the conflicts of World War II, the interventionists' strategy ultimately proved to be the more effective plan.
Michaela Kirvan '18: Andrew Jackson’s role and legacy as an Indian fighter contributed to the complicated relationship and history between the United States and its original inhabitants, the Native Americans.
Theresa Thomas '18: During the interwar period, through women’s portrayal in film, the media, and the evolution of fashion, they experienced great change in their roles and identities.