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Students research health

Glitter and photographs on poster board. Descriptions written out in marker. Pages of typed text glued next to more photos. 

Students in Kristy Kleespies class at Brookings-Harbor High School recently made projects for a health and wellness fair that took place on Monday and Tuesday. Kleespies invited members of the community to help grade the projects the students had worked on. 

Students picked various health issues for their projects, from medical conditions to commonly abused drugs. 

For Karli Hall, picking her project was easy. Hall suffers from hypoglycemia, a condition where the body does not have enough sugar, so she picked that for her project. 

“I already knew a lot about it, but I still had to do some research,” Hall said. 

She said that people with the condition need to be really good about how they eat, and need to eat the right foods frequently. 

Carlos Lira researched MDMA, an illegal drug commonly known as molly or ecstasy, for his project. He said he researched it because he heard about it on a song and heard people joking about it and wanted to know more about it. 

He said the illegal drug had a lot of negative effects even though he found out that it is popular among those attending music festivals and concerts. 

Bryan Tillung, one of the community members who graded the projects, said he had a great time doing it, so much fun in fact that he graded the students’ projects two days in a row. 

“I learned a lot,” Tillung said. “One of the topics the kids hit on was teenagers’ drunk driving, which they did because of recent deaths from drunk driving.”

Kleespies said she has been doing the health fair for years and invites community members in to help evaluate the projects because it gives the students experience speaking to other adults. She said the presenting information in the fair is also not as threatening as talking to the whole class. 

“It encompasses many different skills such as reading, writing and public speaking,” Kleespies said. “It’s good for the kids to be aware of things.”

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