Model High School junior Hayden Robinson’s research-based argument “Gentrification in Atlanta” has been accepted for publication in Volume 10 of LURe.
The journal is produced by the University of West Georgia’s Department of English and Philosophy.
LURe is one of the few journals in the nation dedicated to publishing scholarly work by undergraduate students. It promotes scholarship in literature, critical theory, film, and cultural studies.
Rachel Jones, a graduate of UWG, reached out to the publication about submitting a high school student’s work and they were willing, based on the fact that the paper was produced in an AP class and the topic is timely.
“I think this is really exciting because later on in life, writing is what I want to do,” said Hayden. “This is my first breakthrough into becoming a published writer, and it’s great to be a high school junior who can say I’ve been published in an undergraduate research journal.”
Jones and Robina Gallagher’s AP Capstone classes took a field trip to Emory University earlier in the school year to learn more about the research process and gather information for their upcoming argumentative performance task.
Emory is one of the world’s leading research universities and they have a vast database available for student use. Their research librarians engaged the high school students in a research seminar that they typically wouldn’t get until their sophomore or junior year of college.
Hayden said Emory’s library has many resources specifically related to Atlanta, which allowed him to dig even deeper into data that supported his argument.
“We determine the opportunities people should have and the direct impact on social justice,” Hayden said.
“In major cities like Atlanta, social injustice is only getting worse,” he continued. “There are things we can do to help change that or prevent it from happening or worsening, but nothing is going to stop as their city government continues to allow gentrification progression unless people are willing to speak up in protest.”
Jones said AP Capstone gives students the opportunity to research topics that are important to them and impactful to society.
“Hayden being able to research topics that interest him is what AP Capstone is all about,” she said.
Floyd County Schools is the only school system in Northwest Georgia to offer the AP Capstone program, a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two year-long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.
Hayden said he has hopes of going to Brown University to double-major in public policy analysis and journalism. He is passionate about informing people about social injustices because he believes that is the first step to prevent them from happening.