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GISH biology students present projects to local nutritionists

Biology students at Grand Island Senior High had a unique opportunity with their projects on Oct. 9.

For the first time, local nutritionists from area businesses and organizations interacted with the students and evaluated their biology projects on nutrition. Project topics included obesity, pregnancy nutrition, cancer, water fasting and many more. Students were to research a diet or disease and how it relates to things learned in class, such as lipids, protein, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.

In science fair fashion, students stood by their posters and explained their projects to three local nutritionists, as well as their teachers. The nutritionists came from around Grand Island and included CHI Health St. Francis, Hy-Vee and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension office in Grand Island.

Nutritionists work with GISH students.

Leah Borer, a science teacher at GISH, said having the nutritionists come is important for students.

“Having these conversations with the nutritionist may even open future job opportunities for some students who were undecided before,” Borer said. “Some students have never had to interact with an adult on a professional level before. This also gives them a chance to work on their public speaking skills.”

Students work with nutritionists on biology projects.

Borer said it also allows students to network with the nutritionists and get to know other people in the community.

“It is important for students to see our community involved in their learning,” Borer said. “Knowing we are all working together helps build those relationships and partnerships that will hopefully foster pride in Grand Island.”

Students work with nutritionists on biology projects.

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