Dual Enrollment Honors Program
Profiles of people and happenings of interest to Dual Enrollment students at Kennesaw State University                                                                          
                                             Spring 2015

DEHP congratulates graduating seniors and marks record enrollment                        
DEHP Director Dr. Katherine Kinnick 
A record 405 high school students were accepted the Dual Enrollment Honors Program for Fall 2015.  Along with returning students currently in the program, DEHP  will enroll 459 students in Fall semester, a 22% increase over the 2014-15 school year.  The program has experienced a double-digit growth rate in each of the past three years.  For the first time, DEHP will be a two-campus program, with dual enrollment students attending classes on both the Marietta (former Southern Poly) and Kennesaw campuses. 
    The students featured in this issue of the newsletter exemplify the highly talented teenagers that DEHP is privileged to work with each year.  On behalf of DEHP Academic Advisor Stacey Solomon and Administrative Associate Melanie Buchanan, we want to congratulate all of our students, and especially graduating seniors, on their  accomplishments! 

Piano prodigy shows "Cherokee's Got Talent"

Josh Anderson performs in a Pianothon event at Towne Center Mall in January.

    One of DEHP's youngest students is making his mark in the Atlanta arts scene as a rising musical talent.  Josh Anderson, 15, a homeschooled student from Woodstock, is a classical pianist who comes from a musical family.  He began taking music lessons at age five from his grandmother, a retired music teacher, and quickly showed an aptitude for the piano.  At age 14, he was asked to play for a Three Tenors concert with Capital City Opera, and soon began accompanying his father, tenor Neal Anderson, in concerts throughout the Atlanta area.  In 2014, he entered and won the Cherokee's Got Talent youth competition, playing Chopin's Heroic Polonaise.

    The same year, Joshua and his father formed the group Piano Forte, competed in the adult level of Cherokee's Got Talent, and tied for second place.  Piano Forte recently filmed a segment for locally-produced television pilot, Music Court TV.  

    Since becoming a dual enrollment student, Josh has begun studing with KSU's Artist in Residence, Dr. Robert Henry.  In addition to performing, and participating in piano competitions at the local, state and regional level, Josh has ventured into composing, writing several short pieces for piano and strings.  He was recently awarded a scholarship by the Cherokee Music Teachers Association to attend a summer piano "intensive" camp.  In addition to these activities,  he serves as a pianist for Grace Bible Church and plays acoustic guitar there as well. 

    Because he completed high school curriculum on an accelerated basis through his homeschool program, Josh was only 14 when he applied for the DEHP program.  "It was intimidating being the youngest student in all my classes at first," Josh says, "but I discovered that most people don't treat you differently because you're young.  Also, group projects really helped me to get to know different people in my classes."

    "We were a little cautious, but optimistic," says Josh's father.  "The results speak for themselves, however."  Josh earned a 4.0 in a full-time  college load in Fall semester, including taking courses in Italian, which help give him insights into the operatic repertoire he performs.  He is on track to complete 24 college credit hours by the end of the current term, and will return to DEHP for his senior year in 2015-16.

  "Our hope is that he will complete four semesters in dual enrollment and earn around 50 credit hours prior to graduating as a dually-enrolled homeschooler," says his dad. 

    "While I'm much busier than in the past, dual enrollment does continue to give me the flexibility I need to spend time on piano," Josh says.  Outside of his music and his KSU courses, Josh is working to complete his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts, which he hopes to accomplish this summer.

Brittiny Slicker named Outstanding DEHP Student

Brittiny Slicker earned the highest GPA in the largest number of credits hours and honors classes at KSU.

    Kennesaw State University's Dual Enrollment Honors Program

has named Brittiny Slicker of Acworth, Ga., a senior at Allatoona High School, as the recipient of its Outstanding Student award.

    Brittiny began taking classes at Kennesaw State in her junior year of high school and is on track to earn 64 college credit hours with a 4.0 grade point average by the time of high school graduation. She has taken honors classes in Calculus I and II, English 1101, English 1102, U.S. History, Political Science and Psychology. She was named Allatoona High School's STAR student this year in recognition of receiving the highest SAT score at the school.  She is also a National Merit Semifinalist.     

    Brittiny plans to remain  at Kennesaw State University and attend the Michael J. Coles College of Business, where she plans to pursue a dual major in Finance and Accounting.  Outside of school, Slicker enjoys mountain biking and reading and volunteers her time to help maintain local trails.

    Each year, the award is presented to the dual enrollment high school student with the highest GPA in the largest number of credit hours and honors classes. The recipient is honored along with the top senior from every academic major at the University Scholars Awards Ceremony, which will take place in April.

    Fall semester grade statistics for Dual Enrollment Honors students reveal that DEHP students did exceptionally well , with an average GPA in fall semester of 3.45, in an average of more than nine credit hours. More than one-third of the 373 DEHP students earned a perfect 4.0 in their KSU coursework, including 69 students taking nine or more credit hours, who were named to the President's List. Additionally 93 students earned GPAs between 3.5-3.99 and were named to the dean's list, while 38 students earned a 4.0 in 12 credits or more and were invited to a "First Year 4.0 Luncheon" with KSU President Dan Papp this spring.

   "Brittiny is a great example of the high caliber students who participate in the Dual Enrollment Honors Program," said Dr. Katherine Kinnick, director of the program.  "Her achievements show the tremendous headstart that students can get by beginning college while they are still in high school."

Alumni Profile:

From Adairsville High School to MIT, 2014 grad finds MIT is challenging, snowy, and surprisingly fun


Donovan Sienkiewicz encourages other DEHP students to apply to MIT.

    Just a year ago year, Donovan Sienkiewicz was a high school senior, finishing up a full load of classes in KSU Dual Enrollment, and looking forward to his graduation from Adairsville High School.  Flash forward to today, and he is completing his first year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and reflecting on a year he calls "absolutely amazing." 

   "I almost didn't apply to MIT, and that would have been a huge mistake, because I absolutely love it here," he said.  He intends to major in Mechanical Engineering and hopes to eventually pursue a career in the robotics field.  

   "Dual enrollment was really helpful for me in transitioning from the high school class setting to the college on," Donovan said. He completed Calculus I and II and Principles of Physics as a DEHP student, among other classes.  Because of this, he was able to get advanced standing and jump to more advanced classes in these subjects.   He quickly found he had to adapt his study strategies.     

"To say I had to study more would be an under-statement.  I have had to completely change my study habits.  Getting things done in one night and studying five minutes before a test is not an option anymore," he said.  The flip side, he notes, is "it's also really nice to be taking classes that are challenging me beyond belief.  It's fun and it feels so much better to make a good grade than it used to."

    Surviving Boston's record snowfall this year made his first year at MIT especially memorable.  Walking through the snow was a nuisance, he said, "especially after it stopped being beautiful."  However, he shares a badge of honor with other Boston-area residents.  "We beat the [snowfall] record, so it's kind of like an accomplishment to have dealt with it."

    Donovan encourages other DEHP students to consider applying to MIT.  His own academic credentials included strong ACT scores (ACT MATH score of 30 and ACT English score of 28), a rank of second in his graduating class, and completion of eight AP courses and seven KSU courses. 

    In addition to demonstrating academic ability, he recommends that prospective students use the college admissions interview to showcase their personal attributes.  "This school is all about kindness, community, and teamwork, and the admissions people do a fantastic job of finding people who fit [this]," he explains.  "The best advice I can give is to relax during your interview and remember that you are talking to a person, not a machine.  With as much respect as possible, treat your interviewer as if he is your friend and show off your real personality skills."  And, he adds, "Don't worry about fitting in, because I have yet to meet someone here who is completely normal!"

    As he considers his first year at the elite university, Donovan notes that, "The most surprising thing about MIT is how much fun I've had since getting here.  I was so worried that all I would have time to do is study and do homework, but once I found the balance, I realized how much more this school had to offer."

    "I'm learning so much," he said, "not just about the sciences, but about myself and the world, too.  I've learned about all kinds of new cultures, I've begun learning how to take care of myself and I've realized a lot about myself as a person."

In Brief
Tori Anderson
Finley Billings

Sally Hannoush
Patrick Janda
Jordan Kelly
Jacob Syers




Tori Anderson (Sequoyah High School) earned the Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent to Eagle Scout) for raising the funds and helping to install a playground in Choluteca, Honduras. She also earned Sequoyah awards for Lamp of Knowledge, Scholar Athlete, and her 4th Varsity Swim Team letter.

Finley Billings (Etowah High School) has been awarded the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) Academic All-American Award and the Etowah Lamp of Knowledge Award.

Gina DeLise (Etowah High School) performed in the cast of A Christmas Tradition in December 2014 at the Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Sally Hannoush (Woodstock High School) received her high school's Lamp of Knowledge Award and was named to Who's Who in American High Schools.

Patrick Janda (River Ridge High School) was a member of his Winter Guard team, which won second place in Winter Guard International competition, and participated in Winds Scholastic A internationalcompetition.

Jordan Kelly (Walton High School), was named Best Attorney for two rounds in the regional Mock Trial Tournament and was voted "Best Sense of Humor" Senior Superlative by his Walton classmates.

Christian "Diego" Ruiz (Sequoyah High School) was featured in the Cherokee Tribune in March 2015 as a standout scholar athlete for the Sequoyah soccer team. He also plays for the North Atlanta Soccer Association's B15 Elite team.

Jacob Syers (The King's Academy) was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his high school peers.

Katie Taylor (Etowah High School) was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honors society and attended the First-Year 4.0 Luncheon. 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Natalie Tikhonovsky (Classical School '15), who assisted with layout of this newsletter.  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.



In This Issue
DEHP Piano Prodigy
Outstanding Student Award
DEHP alum at MIT
In Brief
Quick Links
2015 College Destinations and Scholarships
The following information was submitted to the DEHP office by time of publication. We regret that due to space limitations, we could not run all of the photos we received.
Allatoona High School
Kayla Alesi,
Kennesaw State University
Drew Gonzalez
Drew Gonzalez,
University of Georgia
Thomas Simrill
Thomas Simrill,  
One of 30 accepted to The Citadel Honors College,
one of 18 to win Citadel Scholar Scholarship ($171,000); National Navy ROTC Scholarship ($148,000). Still awaiting word from U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air
Force Academy.

Cartersville High School
Griffin Braid
University of Georgia
Cherokee High School
Jessica Radchuk,
Kennesaw State University
Alana Rase
Kennesaw State University  
Austin Adams
Compass Prep Academy
Austin Adams,
Kennesaw State University
Charles Marlow
Cornerstone Preparatory Academy
Charles Marlow
University of Georgia, ($6,000 scholarship); also accepted to the Honors Program at the University
of Vermont ($64,000 scholarship), and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Creekview High
Allison Chipman,
Kennesaw State University
Natalie Perkins
Natalie Perkins,
University of Georgia, awarded UGA Charter Scholarship ($1,500/yr), PEO Scholarship ($1,500); Also accepted to Auburn University with Presidential Scholarship ($16,000/yr)
East Paulding High
Matthew Morrell,
Auburn University Honors Program ($48,000 scholarship); also accepted to Liberty University 
($64,000 scholarship)  
Etowah High School
Finley Billings,
University of Georgia
Connor Herod
Connor Herod,
University of Georgia
Samuel Pennington,
University of Georgia
($1500 Charter Scholarship)
Katherine Taylor,
Kennesaw State University
Brooke Welsh,
University of Georgia

Harrison High School
Hannah McDowell,
Georgia State University
Sean O'Dea
Kennesaw State University
Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams,
University of Georgia

Hillgrove High School
Patrick Hughes,
Kennesaw State University
Hashaam Khan
Mohammad Hashaam Khan,
University of Georgia  

Grace Houghton,
Hillsdale College (75% tuition academic scholarship and a 25% tuition NCAA Div. II swimming scholarship)  
Claire Pursley
Claire Pursley,
Kennesaw State University                
Kell High School
Caroline Hale
University of North Georgia
Emily McAlpine
Emily McAlpine
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw Mountain High School
Conor Hagan,
Georgia Tech
Gabriel Jones,
Xavier University of Louisiana, Biomedical Honors Corp, (four-year, full tuition scholarship, $79,200, plus First Year Room Grant of $3,000); also accepted to LSU ($30,400), Seton Hall ($92,000), Fisk University ($60,000) and Hampton University
King's Academy
Jacob Miller,
Georgia Tech, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Studies Scholarship ($2,000); National Merit Finalist
Hannah Leigh Palmer,
University of Georgia
Jacob Syers,
University of Georgia; also accepted to Oglethorpe ($25,520/yr), Mercer ($18,000/yr), Reinhardt ($15,000/yr) and Berry ($13,820/yr)
David Walley,
Kennesaw State University
Anthony Bear Brown
Lassiter High School
Anthony "Bear" Brown,
University of Kentucky, awarded Singletary Scholarship (four years full tuition plus annual room and board stipend, $1,500 stipend, $2,000 for study abroad, I-Pad) 
McEachern High School
Vivian Odekhiran,
University of Georgia

North Cobb High School
Mia Jordan,
Kennesaw State University 
Paulding County High School
William S. Hayes,
University of Georgia 
Josie Long

Pebblebrook High School
Josie Long,
Berklee College of Music; also accepted to Ithaca College ($28,000 scholarship) and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music ($32,000 scholarship)
River Ridge High School
Patrick Janda,
Kennesaw State University
Allison Morian,
Kennesaw State University
Rachel Woods,
Birmingham-Southern College, awarded President's Merit Scholarship ($27,000/yr), Methodist Scholarship ($1,500/yr)
Sequoyah High School
Tori Anderson
Kennesaw State University
Jacob Tye
Brigham Young University, awarded $1288 for two semesters.
Walton High School
Kyle Farley,
Kennesaw State University
Jordan Kelly,
University of South Carolina, McKissick Scholar ($20,000) 
Allison Kiernan
Allison Kiernan,
Kennesaw State University
Kevin Pierce,
Georgia Southern University

Woodland High School
Kayleigh Haskin,
Georgia Tech
Woodstock High School
Sally Hannoush,
Georgia Tech
Haven't told us your college destination?  Please email dehp@kennesaw.edu with your college name and any scholarships so we can track student destinations.