Hannah Stockton is from Marion, North Carolina, and graduated in the spring of 2017 with a degree in social work. Hannah was the president of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society during her last two semesters at UNCP, and qualified for the Dean’s List from spring 2014 to spring 2017 due to her outstanding academics. Hannah was very proud of these accomplishments but was most satisfied with her personal development and growth during her time at UNCP. She took advantage of many Honors College opportunities, from scholarships to trips and events. Hannah said, “being in the Honors College challenged me by making me think more critically and helped me to broaden my perspective on life and the people around me.”
Hannah’s senior project involved her internship at Guardian ad Litem, an agency where trained volunteers speak for abused and neglected children involved in court. Her project focused on understanding why Robeson County residents are unaware of the program by analyzing information from surveys that were distributed in various locations throughout the county. Another project component was bringing awareness to Robeson County residents about the program and what it has to offer. She hopes her senior project will help the program gain more paid positions and volunteers so that more children are helped.
After graduation, Hannah returned home where she began working. After work experience, she hopes to attend graduate school to receive her master’s of social work. Her greatest accomplishment at UNCP was becoming the person she is today. She was proud to see how much she positively changed through all of the opportunities that UNCP gave her. She advises honors students to learn time-management skills and to embrace every moment and experience during their time at UNCP, letting it shape them into the person they want to become.
Thesis: Learning Why Robeson County Residents are Unaware of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Recruiting Community Members to Become GAL Volunteers
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jody Thomas