A variety of academic ventures by students of La Crescent-Hokah High School were on display last Thursday during an open house at the high school.

The event, which was open to all community members, allowed for visitors to roam the school and visit classrooms, where teachers were available for questions and student projects were presented. An array of college booths lined the main hallway of the event, for students and parents to collect information on options for third level education.

In the math classroom of Danita Hazel, students’ rescale projects were on display. Hazel said that in attempt to make subjects in math more appealing, she had students make physical blueprints of social media pages, which included a Snapchat story of the characteristics of quadrilaterals.

Students Justin Bridwell and Alex Schuster walked visitors through the difference between the three main skulls found in anthropology in Peggy Kreutzman’s science lab. Anthropology is just one of the units Kreutzman covers in her Investigative Biology class curriculum.

“It’s basically forensic science,” said Kreutzman, who said the class has units of entomology where students use maggots to tell time of death, along with studying fingerprints, handwriting and document analysis, and even blood spatters.

Decorative Day of the Dead memorials covered one of the walls in Jodi Petersen’s Spanish classroom.

Petersen’s three classes all picked someone who had recently passed away to pay tribute to, and this year one of the memorials was for late district teacher Holly Briggs, who taught for more than 40 years at the elementary school. Briggs’ memorial even included a coffee cup with her favorite beverage, Mountain Dew, inside.

In the hallways, physics students Elle Kreutzman and Amanda Neitzke recruited participants to match their motions using Vernier lab equipment which they used to solve equations for. Members of the robotics team were busy 3D-printing and exhibiting the 3D-printer they designed and built themselves in the technology education room. Near the entrance was the cooking class booth, serving iced mocha chillers and spiced pumpkin lattes along with their homemade cookies.

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