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DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Liz Hornick – Cosmetics and Self-Esteem

Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world.  Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue.  Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass.  To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson –

Liz Hornick's Senior ProjectName: Liz Hornick

Driving Question:  How do cosmetics affect a woman’s self esteem and the way she is treated by the public?

Why I selected the project:  Ever since I was first introduced to makeup, I was always very interested in how it worked to change a person’s face and, because of that, how people would treat me. There was also a surprising amount of articles where experiments were conducted to understand how people react to color and why they treat people differently based on how they wear their makeup.

About my research/conclusion and the product:  I found that when people (men or women) are perceiving women, a moderate amount of makeup works best. An even skin tone, prominent eyes, and red cheeks are considered “the perfect look.” the color red is also found to be the most attractive color for men; red has no effect on women. For my product, I hosted a Prom Event where any high school girl was welcome. There they received free makeovers sponsored by Mary Kay Cosmetics, a prom survival kit, a free tube of waterproof mascara and eye makeup remover, and they were allowed to browse over one hundred prom dresses. No prom dress was over $20 and all proceeds went to Girls on the Run. There was a raffle for giveaways and some of the prizes included a Sephora makeup bag which had different cosmetic samples, an Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, and body sprays from Avon. Girl Scouts also volunteered to help serve snacks at the event and earned a patch about healthy eating. In order to raise money for everything, I hosted a womanless pageant at my church (First United Methodist Church in Conover). I raised over $2,000 which went to fund my even,t and I could not have done it without the help of my church family.

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Liz Hornick and prom dresses

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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