Health fair a learning experience

By Rick Palsgrove
Eastside Editor

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Shruti Patel, a food educator from Local Matters, was among the exhibitors. Patel gave a demonstration about healthy foods and cooking. Local Matters is a non-profit group that works to educate the community about wholesome foods. For information on Local Matters, visit

One of the best ways to learn a skill is with hands on experience.

Reynoldsburg High School’s Health and Human Services STEM Academy second annual health fair, held at the Livingston Avenue campus on March 2, provided students with a variety of experiences related to the medical profession.

The fair featured medical professionals, the Mount Carmel Learning Lab, educational demonstrations, healthy foods, anatomy, other health topics, and more. In all about 50 vendors participated in the health fair.

Teacher Kellie Gedert, who along with Principal Dawn McCloud organized the event, said, “This event brings in medical professionals who interact with students who are focusing on a career in the medical field. This helps give students ideas about career options. It provides the students with hands on experience and allows them to apply problem solving skills.”

Gedert said the goal is to expand the event each year to offer more opportunities to students.
One impressive display exhibited by the  students featured several clay models made by the students that provided a detailed, in depth view of all the systems of the human body.

“A project like this helps us learn more about human anatomy,” said senior student Daniel Mahaney.

“Projects like this and the health fair help us to make decisions about our future in the medical field,” added senior student Rahel Mamo.

Students Devyn Stoner, Rahel Mamo, and Daniel Mahaney exhibited some of their work from their anatomy studies. They created bodies made of clay that detailed in depth all the systems of the human body. The students, all seniors, said they plan to enter the medical profession.

Another fun and interesting student display combined the medical, engineering, and artistic talents of the students. The students created their own electronic version of the classic game, “Operation,” where one must carefully remove objects from cavities in a skeleton of the human body drawn on a board without triggering a buzzer. Several students proved to be skilled at mastering the game during the health fair.

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