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Keystone Honors Academy Students Make The Summer Count

Dr. Tara Kent

June 27, 2012

Clockwise, Canterbury Cathedral; Ashley at Cressing Temple Garden; Travonya presenting her research project at Canterbury; Group at Oxford.

Clockwise, Canterbury Cathedral; Ashley at Cressing Temple Garden; Travonya presenting her research project at Canterbury; Group at Oxford.

Students in the Keystone Honors Academy often participate in internships, conduct research and study abroad.  However, two students have done all three during the summer of 2012! Ashley Benjamin and Travonya Kenly participated in the PASSHE Honors Summer Study Abroad Program, “There and Back Again: Medievalism, Modernity, and the University.” 

The program explored the city and colleges of Oxford, England, and through architecture, history and artifacts, focused on the myth of Oxford, the history of academic institutions, and how history, culture and myth is reflected in literature.  The program followed medieval history, and how it is interpreted and rewritten over the years by authors such as Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and J.K. Rowling.  Ashley and Travonya were competitively selected for scholarships to participate.

Upon returning from the study abroad program, Ashley began a research internship at Drexel University in the area of neural anatomy/virology. A junior and member of the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University, Ashley is majoring in biology in preparation for admission to medical school.  She is a dedicated student, and an exemplary citizen of the University community.  She serves as a peer tutor for multiple subjects and she is currently the President of the Keystone Honors Academy Student Honors Council.  She shows leadership qualities in and out of the classroom and has earned an ambassador position with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. 

Travonya Kenly began a research internship the day immediately following her return from England.  Travonya is studying alternative diets in zebra fish at the University of Maryland.  She is a sophomore biology and chemistry major.  In her first year at Cheyney University, she earned a position on the student honors council, and played a leadership role in organizing a successful community service project, serving meals to families in need during the holiday season.  As she has made her summer count, she did so in her first year at Cheyney when she met U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Dr. Maya Angelou, programs which were sponsored by the Keystone Honors Academy.  She is also a member of the Cheyney University volleyball team.

These two students serve as excellent examples of honors students at Cheyney University, and they continue to work hard to develop multifaceted educational portfolios.