Chatterbox https://gwhschatterbox.com The Student News Site of George Washington High School Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:18:58 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 College Adviser treasures last year with Eagles https://gwhschatterbox.com/667/showcase/college-adviser-treasures-last-year-with-eagles/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/667/showcase/college-adviser-treasures-last-year-with-eagles/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 02:28:25 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=667 Every two years, new college advisers are chosen by the Virginia College Advising Corps and The University of Virginia to offer guidance to high school students in Virginia in the hopes of increasing awareness of, and accessibility to, college planning resources as part of a program through AmeriCorps. University of Virginia Graduate Kendall Jordan joined the Eagles in 2018, starting of a journey for himself to help GW students seeking help planning for their futures.

A psychology and Spanish major, Kendall Jordan was not offered GW originally. The offer for the school came a few weeks after receiving the first offer. Jordan said after receiving the second offer, he got into his rental car on a rainy day to travel to Danville to meet some of the faculty and students. Although he was not certain about his decision to be a college adviser, Jordan said he had a gut feeling that he should take the job at GW.

“I have honestly tried not to think about the fact that this is my last year,” Jordan said of the two-year commitment. “I’ve made so many great memories and friends in Danville, and this is coming from someone who randomly moved by himself three hours away from home. I tell my family all the time that it truly feels like another home.”

Jordan said he looks at every student that comes to see him as a puzzle piece. The students are each unique, and he tries to help figure out how to place them on the board. Eventually, the puzzle of different pieces would fit together.

It is his desire to help every student through each step of their journey that Jordan said is the hardest part about being an adviser as, realistically, he cannot always do this.

“I still try my best to help as much as I can,” Jordan said. “That’s also why I appreciate all the faculty and staff who help and make sure our students become the best that they can be and to be successful after high school.”

Jordan’s positive attitude and ability to encourage and motivate students are traits his colleagues commend him for as he puts in countless hours of hard work to help students grow, often reaching out to the over-stressed student athletes in need of support.

“He is always a positive person,” Senior Ethan Stephens said. “I don’t remember a day where he was down or had a negative attitude. I will miss his presence during baseball season as this year will be his second year as an assistant coach for our team. He has made a huge contribution to the coaching staff and has made a positive impact on the team.”

Stephens said Jordan’s personality reflects his character, with seniors describing the adviser as “kindhearted” and generous.

“Mr. Jordan has greatly made an impact on me and my college journey,” Senior Koreyana Webb said. “He was always able to assist me with everything I needed to become a successful college student.”

Jordan said his ultimate goal for the year is to meet with every senior in the Class of 2020, not just to learn each and every name, but to help them develop a general idea of what their plan is for after high school.

“His kindness and supportiveness are his best qualities,” Senior Jerry Garcia said. “He made sure that I was on the right track and I will miss him just being around because he has good energy.”

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Eagles nab win for Homecoming https://gwhschatterbox.com/663/showcase/eagles-nab-win-for-homecoming/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/663/showcase/eagles-nab-win-for-homecoming/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 05:15:34 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=663 After a full week of the students and faculty showing school spirit by participating in the festive spirit days, the Homecoming game finally arrived on the night of Oct. 18.

It was a night of excitement for current students and held a spark of nostalgia for graduates of GW as many traveled to see classmates from the past and celebrate a visit home to Eagle Country.

Both teams entered the match-up with 2-0 Piedmont District standings but GW successfully claimed victory over the Halifax County Comets, 62-27 leaving the Eagles with a 5-0 overall record.

“This game wasn’t any pressure,” Senior Shawn Watlington said. “It was different than last year because this is my senior year, and it was important for us to win. The students had really supported us throughout the week and on Spirit Day. The school coming together to support us on a major day was amazing.”

Tyler McDuffie, offensive tackle for the varsity Eagles and Brianna Simpson were named Homecoming king and queen for the evening, donned with crowns and honors from the Class of 2020.

“I was very relieved to hear my name announced as Homecoming Queen,” Simpson said. “I was literally holding my heart while I was on the field. This was what I really wanted for my senior year, and this win is more significant for me because I only got a sash when I won freshman and sophomore homecoming court. I finally have my crown, and my goal has been accomplished.”

Other seniors nominated for homecoming court were Darius Goods, Ethan Stephans, and Jaden Watkins for king and NyAsia Lanier, DaiZuane’ Giggetts, and Shakya Medley for queen.

Underclassmen representatives were Steve Hopkins and Nakeyla Moore for the freshman class, Essence Palmer and Tahj Carter for the sophomore class, and Shakobe Hairston and Zipporahia Wilson for the junior class.

“It was surprising to be a part of the court for my junior year,” Wilson said. “I honestly didn’t know I was going to win. This experience was astonishing and amazing, and I hope to be in the running for queen my senior year.”

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GW welcomes students excited to experience high school in America https://gwhschatterbox.com/652/showcase/gw-welcomes-students-excited-to-experience-high-school-in-america/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/652/showcase/gw-welcomes-students-excited-to-experience-high-school-in-america/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 03:35:16 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=652 Two students arriving from outside of the United States joined the Eagle’s Nest in August. Joining the ranks late in the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year, Juniors Kaede Ikeyama and Pimthanika Sangworatham came to Danville to experience what it is really like to attend high school in America.

Arriving after a 20-hour flight from Kobe, Japan, Ikeyama, a 16-year-old Japanese student, said she came to the states to improve her English skills.

Ikeyama said the school system in Danville differs greatly from her old school in Japan, because it did not allow the students the freedom GW does.

“We wore uniforms at my old school,” Ikeyama said. “Regular clothes were not allowed. We also could not use our cell phones or have any drinks out during class. It is a relief that I get to have more privileges here than I did back at home.”

Also braving a 20-hour flight from her native country of Thailand, 16-year-old  Sangworatham said her favorite part about being in the program is tasting foods that are not normally served in Thailand.

“I like the cheeseburgers here,” Sangworatham said. “It’s my favorite so far because it tastes really good and it was the first thing I tried when I got here.”

The two students live together in a house with six others, with both students describing their living arrangements as comfortable and cozy.

While excited to learn more about American, the pair said adjusting to a new society is quite difficult because their home countries are different in so many ways, including their methods of transportation.

“We had to use public transportation in Japan,” Ikeyama said. “We didn’t use cars very much as we do here. I have to keep asking my American family to use theirs.”

In addition to their core classes, Ikeyama and Sangworatham have both joined several elective classes including parenting and publications graphics.

Yearbook Adviser Steven Walton said he has enjoyed having the pair in his third period class, and is honored to be a part of their educational journey.

“This experience is very exciting,” Walton said. “Not only will they get to know our country better, but it will make the other wonderful students curious about what the teenagers in their land like to do.”

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Virtual Enterprise students take honors at trade show https://gwhschatterbox.com/639/academics/virtual-enterprise-students-take-honors-at-trade-show/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/639/academics/virtual-enterprise-students-take-honors-at-trade-show/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 18:15:42 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=639 George Washington’s Virtual Enterprise students have seen the future. Products of the future that is, as the group traveled to the Annual Virtual Trade Show in New York City on April 17 to compete against students from all over the world by pitching their company EyeTech, Inc.

“EyeTech is a technologically enhanced glasses company.  These glasses allow you to do everything you would do on your phone, but on your glasses,” Course Instructor Gwyndolyn Stone said. “The phone allows for more hand usage with built-in sensors that project what you think into your lenses.”

Stone said students brainstormed at the beginning of the school year, eliminating many creative and innovative ideas but narrowed their project down to EyeTech, Inc. utilizing the democratic process.

GW has been participating in the trade show for 15 years with the event becoming more competitive in recent years, requiring students to audition to attend.

“The judges were highly impressed and we were invited to showcase the first firm from Danville in 2016, Cloud IX,” Stone, who taught the course for 9 years, said of the group’s history. “We have competed every year since 2016 successfully receiving numerous accolades and awards.”

The Eagles added to those accolades in April, earning second place for elevator pitch and honorable mention in the branding competition.

“I am elated each year of the process of watching firms as team members and individuals grow through ownership of their creation,” Stone said. “Students surpass my expectations on the ingenious things they create and how they execute each task and plan.  To compete on a worldwide platform makes me very proud and excited about the promising futures of our students.”

The virtual enterprise class is a year-long career and technical education course that teaches students how to own their own business using collaborative learning techniques.  Students become the CEO, COO, and CFO of a firm developed in the class.

“Students work in departments in their created firm; marketing and sales, human resources, and accounting; developing business plans, newsletters, processing payroll, creating websites, brochures, catalogs, elevator pitch for investors, and commercials, along with other functions of running a business,” Stone said. “While managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents and aspirations.”

Stone said the program’s hands-on experience and task-based curricula allows students to test drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking.

“The Virtual Enterprise class has taught me how to build a team,” Senior Marcus DeShazor said. “Our company’s success was a result of the family we built. We did have some conflict internally, as with any company; however, we were able to get past that. I made sure that all of my employees felt welcome to present their ideas and be a factor in our success. It was this that allowed us to build our company from the ground up.”

DeShazor said the idea came about as a solution to the distraction that is hand-held devices.

“I think our trade show was very successful, although we experienced several setbacks regarding our booth design,” DeShazor said. “We persevered and were able to make many sales. The trade show itself was a very interesting experience because of the many types of people from all over the world that attended. Beside our booth, we had students from Germany from whom we bought and they bought from us. My company employees were very diligent in helping set up, begin selling, and representing our company.”

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Eagles nab win against Martinsville https://gwhschatterbox.com/644/sports/eagles-nab-win-against-martinsville/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/644/sports/eagles-nab-win-against-martinsville/#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 19:46:58 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=644 The Eagles faced off against Halifax County for their third home game of the season April 4, falling to the Comets 14-1 with Seniors Seth Pruitt and Billy Smith earning hits.

Pushing forward in a rebuilding year, the team lost seven seniors from their 2018 starting lineup, with only five students returning for the 2019 season.

“We have speed on our side and we have heart but we need to improve defense wise and at bat,” Senior Seth Pruitt said. “We keep working and we keep practicing, trying new things, but we need more players as well.”

Coach for the 2019 season is Herb Williams, who served as assistant coach to the Eagles last year.

For their first game of the season, the Eagles battled Chatham away March 12, falling 19-1 to the Cavaliers. The match-up was followed by a loss at home against Dan River 19-0 and then an away loss against E.C. Glass 20-1.

For their fourth game of the season, the Eagles faced off against Martinsville, taking home a win, with a final score of 5-2 March 19 against the Bulldogs.

“We didn’t make as many errors, which helped us and we had been doing a lot of batting practice, which helped as well,” Senior Billy Smith said. “We have a lot of work to do, helping people understand the game and how it is played, but we improve with each game.”

The Eagles battled Magna Vista away March 20 and fell 20-0 before facing off against Patrick County on April 2, losing the away match 24-1.

“Schools like Tunstall, Chatham and Halifax have 60-70 students try out for their teams and they have feeder programs that build into the team so they can pick and choose who they want, which makes a huge difference,” Pruitt explained. “We hope to build our team. We fielded better than we had against any other team during the year against Halifax; they just have an excellent team. They beat Tunstall 14-4 and Tunstall has a good team.”

While the team works to get runs on the board, their team work is stronger than ever, with Pruitt listing good communication as its biggest strength.

“We are improving a lot as the season continues, with fielding and batting practice,” Pruitt said. “When we have fun, , like at practice and we have good communication. It is kind of hard though not to get frustrated when you are getting slaughtered.”

With 12 games left the team will next face Franklin County on April 8.

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Eagles take home state title https://gwhschatterbox.com/623/sports/end-of-the-third-quarter-38-32-eagles/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/623/sports/end-of-the-third-quarter-38-32-eagles/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 02:00:23 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=623 The Eagles took home a state championship title March 7, a road which Senior Nyrek Wheeler said was paved with hard work and dedication.
The team bested Jefferson Forest 53-38 in the Class 4 semi-finals March 5, earning them the last game of the night at the Siegel Center in Richmond.
“It was an emotional win,” Wheeler said of the Jefferson Forest match-up. “It has been a long road that took a lot of hard work and dedication. It feels like a lot of pressure is off our back with this win. A lot of people did not think we would get here and we did so it feels great.”
Playing basketball since he was in middle school, Wheeler said a growth spurt caused him to try out for the sport, having already become a competitive football player. Wheeler hopes to continue to play at the college level, favoring the defensive position.
A four-year veteran of the team Wheeler said defense can make or break a game, with the team’s communication being a huge strength.
“Shooting and closing out shooters are definitely strengths as well,” Wheeler said. “We have a strong bond and we work together well.”
Senior Shunta Wilson called the team a brotherhood, and commended his fellow player on their communication and loyalty.
“The win against Jefferson Forest felt great because we had a lot of revenge on them,” Wilson said. “There is a calmness about getting this far but the pressure isn’t gone yet.”
Consisting of nine seniors and six juniors, the majority of the team has been playing together for four years. Wilson said this allowed for smoother communication and team work, which paid off in the first half when the Eagles led 27-20 against the Louisa County Lions.
GW’s won its last state championship in 1998, offering a big push for the team to bring home the win.
“This is the last year we will put this jersey on and we are working for something, to go to the state championship, not having been in 21 years, it feels awesome,” Wilson said.
Senior Carl Poole Jr. said years together has allowed the seniors to build trust in more ways than one.
“We have built trust in ourselves, trust in each other and trust in our coaches,” Poole said. “There is a whole lot of respect there.”
Poole said the road to the championship has been an inspiring one, one he will not soon forget as the Eagles took home the title of 2019 State Champions with a final score of 55-44.
“I am very excited, about the experience, the atmosphere, the fans, everything,” Poole said. “The hard work, the practices and the late nights, it has all paid off.”
Kapone Barley, a junior, also serves as one of the team captains, honored to be asked to step up as a leader.
“The seniors push us every day, to keep our head in the game, to be better student-athletes; they are supportive of us,” Barley said. “I have confidence in us. We are focusing on the now and what we can accomplish for our seniors, to send them out with a bang.”
Head Coach of the Eagles Jermaine Parker said the team put in countless hours to get to this moment, with the group’s motto, “Remain Humble, but Hungry,” keeping them motivated.
“I am most proud of the guys not giving up on themselves and the relationships they have established with each other. I am super honored to be a part of history,” Parker said. “As a graduate of George Washington’s Class of 98 it is a great feeling because that was the last year we won it all. It makes me super proud because people say that when others graduate they sometime forget where they come from but, in this case, I came back to support my school, give back to the community and coach the game that I’m so passionate about to a great group of young men. I am so grateful to have coached nine seniors on this winning basketball team. They will be going to their separate colleges but they will always remember the words as I tell them, “TRUST THE PROCESS.” Things can sometimes get a little rough and blurry but stay focused and you will get through it.”

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ROTC holds car wash Aug. 25 https://gwhschatterbox.com/583/clubs/rotc-holds-car-wash-aug-25/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/583/clubs/rotc-holds-car-wash-aug-25/#respond Thu, 07 Mar 2019 18:58:02 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=583 Under the sweltering sun, members of the NJROTC staff held their annual car wash, one of two fundraisers the unit holds each year.
Setting up at Red Lobster on Aug. 25 the staff accepted donations for the year’s happenings including trips, service projects and other activities.
“We did the car wash to raise money for trips, like the Norfolk trip, as well as the military ball and other events,” Jasmyn Giggetts-Shelton, a platoon commander said. “It is good for us to be out in the community and give back and we had a good time out there.”
NJROTC Instructor Commander Franklin Hitt said the car wash also allowed the platoon commanders a chance to practice their leadership skills.
“I want the Platoon Commander to direct the actions of their platoon members. For the car wash, they needed to choose cadets to do a variety of jobs; sprayers, wheel washers, cadets to wash various other parts of the car, dryers, etc.,” Hitt said. “We tell them that the platoon should act like a NASCAR pit crew, everyone has a particular duty. The PC is to oversee their efforts.”
For the 2018-2019 school year members of the administrative staff included Commanding Officer Michael Gryder, Chief of Command Leadership Benjamin Grimes, Operations Officer Macey McGhee, Administrations Officer Jeremiah Koch, Supply Officer Dymonique Williams, First Lieutenant Corey Henry and Public Affairs Officer Scarlett Reynolds.
For the car wash, Koch made sure all cadets had a signed permission form and standard release from Grimes, who assisted the commanders on the day of the event, making sure the quality of the wash was up to par. Williams was in charge of making sure all the supplies were acquired and the wash buckets stayed filled with clean water and the use of the soap was adequate.
While the work was hard, the staff enjoyed the event, a chance Hitt said for them to bond as a group before the school year got too hectic.
“I always enjoy the car wash because I look forward to watching my cadets use their leadership skills to make it all happen.”

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Eagles to face off Thursday against Louisa County High School for state championship https://gwhschatterbox.com/565/sports/eagles-to-face-off-thursday-against-louisa-county-high-school-for-state-championship/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/565/sports/eagles-to-face-off-thursday-against-louisa-county-high-school-for-state-championship/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:17:24 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=565 The Eagles are going to the state championship; a road which Senior Nyrek Wheeler said was paved with hard work and dedication.

“It was an emotional win,” Wheeler said of the Jefferson Forest match-up. “It has been a long road that took a lot of hard work and dedication. It feels like a lot of pressure is off our back with this win. A lot of people did not think we would get here and we did so it feels great.”

Playing basketball since he was in middle school, Wheeler said a growth spurt caused him to try out for the sport, having already become a competitive football player. Wheeler hopes to continue to play at the college level, favoring the defensive position.

A four-year veteran of the team Wheeler said defense can make or break a game, with the team’s communication being a huge strength.

“Shooting and closing out shooters are definitely strengths as well,” Wheeler said. “We have a strong bond and we work together well.”

Senior Shunta Wilson called the team a brotherhood, and commended his fellow player on their communication and loyalty.

“The win against Jefferson Forest felt great because we had a lot of revenge on them,” Wilson said. “There is a calmness about getting this far but the pressure isn’t gone yet.”

Consisting of nine seniors and six juniors, the majority of the team has been playing together for four years, which Wilson said allows for smoother communication and team work.

“This is the last year we will put this jersey on and we are working for something, to go to the state championship, not having been in 21 years, it feels awesome,” Wilson said.

Senior Carl Poole Jr. said years together has allowed the seniors to build trust in more ways than one.

“We have built trust in ourselves, trust in each other and trust in our coaches,” Poole said. “There is a whole lot of respect there.”

Poole said the road to the championship has been an inspiring one, one he will not soon forget.

“I am very excited, about the experience, the atmosphere, the fans, everything,” Poole said. “We could be the team that brings home the title. The hard work, the practices and the late nights, it has all paid off.”

Kapone Barley, a junior, also serves as one of the team captains, honored to be asked to step up as a leader.

“The seniors push us every day, to keep our head in the game, to be better student-athletes; they are supportive of us,” Barley said. “I have confidence in us. We are focusing on the now and what we can accomplish for our seniors, to send them out with a bang.”

Head Coach of the Eagles Jermaine Parker said the team has put in countless hours to get to this moment, the group’s motto being “Remain Humble, but Hungry,” with this reward making it all worthwhile.

“I am most proud of the guys not giving up on themselves and the relationships they have established with each other,” Parker said. “In the last few years the program hadn’t made it over the hump of Final Four, but this year they get an opportunity on the big platform, the last game of the year and that “SHIP”. They now realize that dreams can become reality. I am proud to say that I AM AN EAGLE!!!”

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Eagles earn honors at CyberPatriot Challenge https://gwhschatterbox.com/632/student-life/eagles-earn-honors-at-cyberpatriot-challenge/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/632/student-life/eagles-earn-honors-at-cyberpatriot-challenge/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:08:57 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=632 A team of motivated high school computer whizzes from the NJROTC program known as “DA EAGLES” finished 8th of 29 teams in Virginia competing in the Gold Tier of the CyberPatriot XI Challenge, State Rounds last week.

The team consisted of the following cadets: Michael Gryder, Ben Grimes, Dymonique Williams, Andrew Montes-Bradley, Scarlet Reynolds and team assistant Jeremiah Koch.

Sponsored by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot involves an annual competition to encourage high school students from around the country, including minorities and females, to pursue college studies in math and science, and possibly enter careers as guardians of the Internet.   Ethical hacker teams are tasked with identifying and mitigating cyberattacks by simulated data thieves and cyber spies.  Some 4,000 teams registered and were whittled down in three preliminary rounds.

“Being our first year in the competition, we did not expect to finish as well as we did.  Especially, considering we missed the entire training round while schools were closed due to Hurricane Michael.  Not only did we learn about network vulnerabilities, but it was also fun,” Team Captain Micheal Gryder said.

Gryder is a senior at GWHS and also the unit’s commanding officer.

Based in large measure on his experience in the competition Gryder wants to major in computer science in college with hopes of one day becoming a computer engineer.

“The goal of the program is to inspire STEM and I think our performance in the competition shows what is possible with a little hard work and focus. We are already preparing and looking forward to next year’s competition,” Team Coach Command Master Chief Daryl Green said.

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Virtual reality allows student to explore biomes without leaving the classroom https://gwhschatterbox.com/611/academics/virtual-reality-allows-student-to-explore-biomes-without-leaving-the-classroom/ https://gwhschatterbox.com/611/academics/virtual-reality-allows-student-to-explore-biomes-without-leaving-the-classroom/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 19:20:05 +0000 https://gwhschatterbox.com/?p=611 Experiencing the different ecosystems of the world in the wonder of 3D, students in Environmental Science Teacher Brooke Klett’s third period class conducted a lab using virtual reality goggles on Sept. 19.
Purchased for the school through grant funds from the federal Gear Up program, the headsets and tablets can be used with Google expeditions, a free, online resource.
The goggles offer a way for students to look at other places without leaving the classroom, getting a perspective of the other environments in the world for 25-30 minutes of their block.
“I enjoyed the realistic feeling in this lab,” Freshman Mary Tatum said. “Especially the forest since it had many details.”
Klett said the lab was a way for students to get an idea of how the world around them adapts and changes and how organisms work together in an ecosystem.
“What I was hoping for students to figure out was different areas are different for a reason,” Klett said. “And how the animals live and adapt to different areas, and what they can expect in certain areas.”
Students in the class learned first-hand about the characteristics of each of the biomes as realistically as if they traveled there themselves.
“I earned a lot of information on the savanna biome,” Freshman Tiyon Harston said. “You would think the savanna was all just desert and dryness, who knew it could hold so much more?”
Students said the new goggles offered a new, fun experience and new perspective of what could have been a typical science lesson.
“I learned that doing experiments is fun,” Freshman Austin Jones said. “And that team work is better than doing it by yourself. This lab really taught me so much more than just science, but character as well.”
Viewing the different biomes in groups, students took turns discovering the forest, marine, tundra, and wetlands ecosystems with each new scene offering a different environment with new characteristics.
“It was a good experience. It felt like I was in everything,” Freshman Indeya Walden said. “Especially where the pond showed.”
Overall, the students said unanimously that they would love to use the goggles again, many never having experienced virtual reality before.
“They really enjoyed the lab. I love the kids’ reactions as they looked into different areas,” Klett said. “They started asking questions about the environment and we would have a discussion on it. I love it when the students get into it and start making their own questions.”

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