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Refugio advanced health class hosts fair

By JR Ortega
Feb. 26, 2011 at midnight
Updated Feb. 25, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.

Students watch as Refugio eighth grader Marcus Sanchez, 14, attempts to drive a toy racecar while wearing "drunk goggles" during the Feb. 16 health fair at Refugio High School. The health fair was open to members of the community and had booths that educated people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, oral hygiene and health care plans.

REFUGIO - A remote control car weaves down the Refugio High School gym's floor.

Within a split second, it crashes into the leg of a table.

"I don't think they'll be able to do it," said H.C. Neel, an eighth-grader at Refugio Middle School.

H.C. and his partner are in an advanced health class at Refugio High School that hosted a health fair alongside other community health organizations on Feb. 16.

Their booth showcased the importance of not driving drunk. Students and community members were able to drive a remote control car down a obstacle course of cones. Then, they had to try again with drunk goggles.

Most, if not all, failed.

"It just feels like you're all off," said Hallie Martinez, also an eighth-grader.

Several booths, including some about CPR, nutrition and STDs, were showcased.

Selina Hemphill, the classes' teacher, has been teaching for 23 years.

This is her first year at Refugio and she wanted to start the health fair.

The fair was something that had been a great experience at another school she taught at, she said.

"It's always been a goal of mine," she said. "This is just one of the ways that we can not only showcase our students work, but what the community has to offer for them."

Her goal this year is to just introduce the public and the students to the health professionals and providers that are in the area.

Kenzie Herring and Anna Castellano are freshman at the high school and were nominated to talk about sexually transmitted diseases.

Students and teachers gathered around their booth to play an electronic game the two created out of a tri-fold poster board.

Questions and answers were pasted throughout the board and below each was a metal tack. Behind the board, wires connecting the right answer to the question.

By matching the right question with answer with two pens, students were able to tell if the answers were right or not.

"It's really important," said Kenzie about the subject matter. "It's probably one of my favorite classes because I can use it in my everyday life."



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