Dual Enrollment Honors Program
Profiles of people and happenings of interest to Dual Enrollment students at Kennesaw State University                                                                          
                                             Fall 2014

Homeschooled students find dual enrollment is a strategic step on the path to college
Homeschooled students
High-achieving homeschoolers:  A few of DEHP's 55 homeschooled students gather at the campus gazebo.
Bottom row, l to r:  Kara Brandt, Sarah Bravo, Rebecca Miller, Grace Houghton, Anna McCuan, Natalie Tikhonovsky.  Top row, l to r: Harrison Verhine, Jordan Benjamin, Austin Adams, Josh Anderson, Peyton Roth, Foster Singletary, Jacob Miller, Simon Young. 

    Educational options for homeschooled students have expanded in recent years to include online courses, homeschool co-ops, "hybrid" academies that combine home-based learning with classroom instruction, and increasingly, dual enrollment.  KSU's enrollment trends reflect a growing number of homeschooled students, who now comprise nearly 15% of DEHP's 374-student enrollment.  DEHP senior Natalie Tikhonovsky, a homeschooled student enrolled in the Classical School, reached out to other DEHP homeschoolers to gather their motivations and experiences in choosing dual enrollment.

    Like other DEHP students, the chief reason why homeschooled students participate in Dual Enrollment at KSU is because of the opportunity it provides to gain credits for college courses while still in high school.  "Dual enrollment really appealed to me because I was ready to experience the college lifestyle and the different atmosphere...I was ready to give myself a challenge," explained Simon Young, a senior who is homeschooled through the Learning for Life program.  "It has given me the opportunity to experience college before I was ready to commit to a degree."

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   Teri Verhine, director of the Georgia Enrichment Program for Homeschoolers, which offers academic and enrichment classes for homeschoolers, finds that "many homeschool students are ready and prepared to take on more advanced courses.  The variety of courses offered [at KSU] is an attraction to dual enrollment."  Because homeschoolers have flexible schedules, Verhine notes that it is easy for them to adjust academic and social schedules to accommodate college class schedules.  "Dual enrollment may also provide a financial advantage for homeschooling students," she says, as college courses are often less expensive than homeschool courses.    

    Making the transition from homeschooling to a college campus of 26,000 students can initially be a culture shock.  "The sheer size of the campus and the volume of the student body is a little staggering," said Emily Haynes, a junior affiliated with Timothy Ministries.  "I've never been a part of such a large unit and that took some time to get used to."  Alisa Ligman, a senior enrolled in Living Science, agrees that dual enrollment is very different from homeschooling in this regard, "mostly because of the bigger variety of people and teachers....Not only are there more people for me to meet and study with at KSU, but the variety of other students also bring a larger spread of worldviews and opinions to the table, creating a very interesting environment for learning," she said. Foster Singletary, a junior with Living Science, agrees.  "Going from being in a class of 13 or 14 people that are all close to your age to a 30-60 person class containing students that are maybe a few years older than you as well as students that are a few decades older than you is interesting."  Simon Young adds, "My most memorable experience at KSU has been day-long study session in the Commons.  I was able to spend hours with very interesting people I've met through all of my classes."  Junior Anna McCuan has found that "everyone has been really friendly, and I've enjoyed getting to know a wide range of people."

     Academically, homeschooled students do very well in their KSU coursework, according to DEHP Academic Advisor Stacey Solomon, who homeschooled her own sons.  The emphasis on independent learning that places the responsibility for learning on the student helps homeschooled students thrive in the college environment. 

     "Homeschoolers have an advantage because we are used to teaching ourselves and studying by ourselves, which is what you have to do in dual enrollment," said junior Josh Anderson.  Emily Haynes notes that dual enrollment is similar to homeschooling from both a personal accountability standpoint and a time management standpoint.  "Many homeschoolers are used to programs where they attend classes one to two times a week, much like college....In homeschooling, you are responsible for doing your work and you take charge of your own education.  It's those kinds of values that make the transition to college so much easier."

    Kara Brandt, a senior at The King's Academy, agrees.  "Dual enrollment takes a good amount of self-motivation and organization the same way homeschooling does," she said.  Harrison Verhine, a junior who takes classes through the Georgia Enrichment Program for Homeschoolers, says, "I've found that there are very little fundamental differences between my course at KSU and my previous classroom experiences.  A college class sounded very intimidating when I was starting, but after a week or two, I realized my teacher was just as interesting and fun and my class was just as difficult as many of my previous high school experiences."

    College courses are known for demanding less time on the student's part than high school courses, giving students more freedom to pursue hobbies and extracurriculars.  "One of the best things about Homeschooling/DEHP," says Emily Haynes, "is the amount of extra time it allows for personal interests.  I am involved in two separate theatre troupes and a dance company, and I take weekly piano and American Sign Language classes."  Foster Singletary, who hopes to become a veterinarian, has found more time to spend volunteering.  Alisa Ligman has been pleased that in DEHP, "I am able to continue to a be part of my homeschool marching band, and I can continue to be in the servant leadership program at Living Science, two facets of my high school experience that I really value."  Simon Young was able to schedule his classes so that he can spend Tuesdays and Thursdays working as a teacher's assistant for Learning for Life.  Anna McCuan has found that dual enrollment and homeschooling have afforded her more time to pursue her interest in horsemanship, allowing her to ride several times per week.

     Word-of-mouth among homeschool families that KSU is a "homeschool-friendly" environment has encouraged growth of the homeschool population in both DEHP and the undergraduate population.  "I found the transition from homeschooling to dual enrollment very easy," said Simon Young, who hopes to pursue computer engineering at Georgia Tech.  "Dual enrollment at KSU has prepared me for any type of college experience....My only advice to other students would be to study hard and to not be afraid to talk to people." -- Natalie Tikhonovsky and Dr. Katherine Kinnick

DEHP is a family tradition:

Meet three families with multiple siblings who have followed a path to Dual Enrollment


    Each summer at DEHP's orientation for new students, Director Katherine Kinnick awards a doorprize for the student with the most siblings who have participated in KSU's Dual Enrollment Honors Program.  The competition is surprisingly competitive, Dr. Kinnick says.  "It is not uncommon for us to see multiple students from the same family in dual enrollment, as some families have made this a real family

All in the family: Four siblings in the Haynes family began college at KSU while still in high school: Emily, a current DEHP junior; Kim, now a teacher; Amy, a KSU nursing major; and Luke, an engineering major at the University of Alabama.

tradition."  This year, junior Emily Haynes (Timothy Ministries) became the fourth sibling in her family to enroll in DEHP.  Juniors Apple Liu (Etowah High School and Anna Deeb (Fulton Science Academy) are now the third siblings in their families to participate.  

    Emily, the youngest Haynes sibling, shares the campus with her older sister, Amy Haynes, who continued at Kennesaw State after completing dual enrollment in 2012.  Now a senior nursing major who works as a lab assistant in the WellStar School of Nursing, Amy is on track to complete her BSN in three years and three months because of the 23 credit hours she earned while a dual enrollment high school student.

    Brother Luke Haynes completed two years in dual enrollment in 2013 with 39 credit hours and 12 CLEP credits.  A National Merit Finalist, Luke attends the University of Alabama, where his advanced credits will allow him to earn  two degrees -- in Electrical Engineering and Theater Arts -- in four years.  He is currently working at the Mercedes Benz assembly plan as an electrical engineering co-op student. 

    Oldest sibling Kim Haynes began the tradition of early college experiences at KSU in 2009-10.  With 21 college credits from KSU, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia in three years with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a minor in Philosophy. She currently teaches eighth grade in Dawsonville. 

    Proud mom Sherry Haynes calls KSU's dual enrollment program "a hidden gem" for academically-minded high school students. "It provided the perfect transition to university studies. It also strengthened their college applications to the point that each of them received substantial merit scholarships," she said.  For her part, Emily says, "My favorite part [of the program] is the independence it gives me. I feel like I'm starting to take charge of my education and my life, and that's a really cool scenario."

    For the Liu family, the tradition of dual enrolling kicked off when brothers YuhJong Liu (Etowah High '13) and Yuhgene Liu (Etowah High '14) enrolled in fall 2012. Both brothers now attend Emory University. YuhJong will earn a double major in Computer Science and Chemistry and plans to attend medical school, and Yuhgene will earn a major in Chemistry and aims to become a researcher in the field of solar energy. The brothers encouraged sister Apple Liu to follow in their footsteps to dual enrollment for several reasons.

Yuhgene and YuhJong Liu dual enrolled together and now
attend Emory University together. Younger sister Apple is
a current DEHP junior.

  Yuhgene remembers the great difference he found between high school and college. "In high school, you are trained to follow a schedule: go to class, do your homework, get the A, maintain that 4.0," he says. "But in college another element is added to the mix: discovery. College prompts you to make your own decisions and ask yourself what you expect out of yourself."   Adds Yuhjong, "On a personal level, the program allows you to meet people with different backgrounds and experiences. ...This diversity helped me understand other perspectives and viewpoints."

    Apple's favorite part about the program is the flexibility of the schedule. "I love the small slots of free time after class where I can socialize, get my work done while the content is fresh on my mind, or go eat," she says. Having seen three children through DEHP, mom Shouyin Liu observes, "KSU's DEHP is a stepping stone for students. The program is friendly toward parents, flexible with schedules, and competent in teaching content. . . . It's not only about how many credits that your student can transfer to college . . . but also for the college experience. The experience is priceless!"

    In the Deeb family, sisters Elisabeth Deeb (Roswell High '09), and Julia Deeb (Roswell High '11), blazed the trail for current student Anna Deeb (Fulton Science Academy) . Both Elisabeth and Julia went on to Georgia Tech, and distinguished themselves in academics and extracurriculars.  Elisabeth joined the honors program, played for the Georgia Tech women's lacrosse team, was president of the orchestra, and won the President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) for her research in nano-technology.  She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Music Technology, and is currently completing a masters at Tech in Music Technology. 

    While a dual

Family role models: DEHP alums Julia and Elisabeth Deeb, now pursuing graduate degrees at Georgia Tech, have inspired two younger sisters to get their own headstarts with dual enrollment.

enrollment student, Julia worked as Calculus I supplemental instructor, assisting other KSU students. As a Georgia Tech computer science major, she was president of the computing Honors society, vice president of the Ballroom Dance Club, interned with Microsoft Dynamics, and worked as a research assistant at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. This fall, Julia began a Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech to focus on research in computer vision, with the goal of becoming a professor.

    Current DEHP student Anna Deeb continues the family tradition this fall. Anna has a passion for the medical field and since elementary school has desired to become a surgeon. Volunteering with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta during the summer to gain experience, Anna intends to attend the University of Georgia to study statistics and then enter medical school.

    "DEHP has been a wonderful experience for her sisters," says mom Maria Beug-Deeb.  The program allowed them to explore different majors before deciding on a major and college for their undergraduate studies.  The DEHP staff has been wonderfully supportive with their advice and guidance."

  And with another, younger daughter still at home who has already declared her interest in dual enrollment, the Deeb family may make it four in a row. - Ariel Walley

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the students who assisted with this newsletter.



Natalie Tikhonovsky (Classical School '15), student writer and layout.  Natalie began DEHP as a high school junior and is now completing her second year in the program.  In addition to assisting with the newsletter, she has served as a DEHP Ambassador and summer orientation leader.


Ariel Walley (The King's Academy '13), student writer.  Ariel is a sophomore Honors student majoring in Spanish Education.  She dual enrolled her senior year of high school from 2012-2013.  She has served as a DEHP summer orientation leader and works as a student assistant in the Honors College office.  In her spare time, she loves writing, learning languages, and music.


If you have a recent accomplishment or interesting life experience, let us know, and we may write about you!  Email Dr. Katherine Kinnick, DEHP Director, at kkinnick@kennesaw.edu.

In This Issue
Homeschooled students find that DEHP is a good fit
Dual Enrollment is a family tradition for these siblings
DEHP Student Accomplishments
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We are very proud of the caliber of students that KSU's Dual Enrollment Honors Program attracts. Each year, this includes students who receive significant academic recognitions, and many who are also talented musicians, artists and athletes. DEHP Profiles is a way for us to share their stories and give students a sense of the company they are keeping in DEHP!

     Dual enrollment is becoming a more widely understood option among Georgia families, and this is reflected in KSU's enrollment growth: from 186 students in Fall '13, to 299 students in Fall '14, to a record 374 students this school year.  So who are these dual enrollment students?

     Current students hail from eight different school districts (Bartow, Cartersville City, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, Fulton, Marietta City and Paulding County) and 39 different public and private high schools.

     As the articles in this newsletter detail, a growing number are homeschooled students and students whose older siblings have also participated in dual enrollment.  

     More high school juniors than ever before are participating, including 86 juniors this year.

     More than 40% of DEHP students attend full-time, taking all of their coursework at KSU.  During the 2013-14 school year, students earned an average of 19.8 credit hours (more than 6 classes each), with an average GPA of 3.45. Sixty-one percent of students earned a 3.5 or higher GPA for the year in their KSU classes.


Where do DEHP students go?

Each spring, we ask students to report their college destinations, and we heard back from 233 of 299 DEHP students who graduated in Spring 2014. Here's where they are studying now: 


College Destinations of May 2014 DEHP graduates


Kennesaw State University


University of Georgia


Georgia Tech


Georgia State University


Georgia Southern


University of Alabama


Mercer University


University of North Georgia


9 other public and private colleges in Georgia with 2 or fewer students each


28 out-of-state institutions with 2 or fewer students each, including Juilliard, M.I.T. and Vanderbilt




DEHP Student Accomplishments 
Sarah Basch
Sarah Basch (East Paulding High School) was named a delegate from Greystone Power to the NRECA Washington Youth Tour.  She joined 100 students selected by other electric cooperatives on a trip to Washington, DC, where she met with state and district representatives in Congress and toured national monuments.

Sally Hannoush

Sally Hannoush 

(Woodstock High School) attended the University of North Georgia Honors Program this summer and received two awards, the Hank Brady Leadership Award, and the Most Outstanding Student Award.  This was the first time that both awards were given to the same student.  

Donevon Howard
Donevon Howard
(Homeschooled) was selected through national auditions to be one of eight harpists to participate in the 6-week Interlochen Music Camp harp program this summer.  He plans to attend the University of Michigan as a harp performance major.  
Alishia Patricio
Alishia Patrishio (South Paulding High School) and Samantha McMullen (Etowah High School) were selected by audition as members of the Alliance Theatre Teen Ensemble.  They will perform in The Antigone Project in spring semester.  Teen ensemble members participate in workshops, script readings, and attend the premieres of
Alliance Theatre productions.  This summer, Alishia was also selected as one of 18 students for the Alliance Theatre's Collision Project.  The students worked with

renowned writer Pearl Cleage to write and perform a script that applied the themes of the novel The Grapes of Wrath to the world today.   

Natalie Perkins

Natalie Perkins (Creekview High School) wrote and directed her own play, The Unexpected Friend, and performed it at Thescon 2014.  She also placed 2nd in the 2014 State Literary Competition for her singing performance in the Women's Trio category.


Victoria Ratliff (Creekview High School) competed in the U.S. Figure Skating South Atlantic Regionals in October.  She is currently applying to U.S. military service academies and hopes to become a pilot.  


Brittiny Slicker (Allatoona High School) has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.  She was among the highest-scoring entrants in the

state of Georgia on the PSAT. 


Alyssa Smith (Hillgrove High School) participated in the KSU Summer Arts Intensive program for high school students and was named a Visual Arts winner.  She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship which she may use to continue at KSU after high school graduation.


Natalie Tikhonovsky (Classical School) was named a finalist in KSU's 2014 Emerging Writers Contest in the Creative Non-Fiction category for her work entitled "Trivia and Truth."


Harrison Verhine

Harrison Verhine (GA-EPH) is a member of a FIRST robotics team that competed at the "super regional" competition in Texas and won a spot as an alternate to the world-wide competition.  Mentored by Southern Polytechnic students, the team is composed primarily of home-schooled students and visits elementary schools to engage younger students in the science of robotics.    

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