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Home-schoolers check inside sharks

About 20 home-schooled kids, ages 5 through 8, sat quietly in their seats at Science Central on Thursday, listening to education specialist Breezy Seeger talk about fish and answer questions with enthusiasm when prompted.

The students were seated at three tables. In front of them lay five lifeless, spiny dogfish sharks, each about 2 feet long.

After labeling the eyes, nose, gills and spiracles on paper, the time came to begin the dissection.

Some students were eager to prod and cut while others hung back, likely a little squeamish. One student decided the lesson wasn’t for her and left early.

“It was gross and cool,” said 5-year-old Christina Miller, who attended the lesson with her brother.

She said she learned that this particular shark has five fins, instead of the four she had originally guessed.

Christina and other students also learned what sharks like to eat, not just from Seeger’s lesson but by cutting open their sharks’ stomachs, spilling the contents – which included a large foot with talons and a bone still attached – onto the lined tables.

The day included similar lessons for home-school students up to age 16.

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•Concordia Lutheran High School students Katelyn Reinhard (oboe) and Jonathan NaThalang (baritone) have been selected to participate in the 53rd annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association

Cole Mishler, 23, a senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art from South Whitley, won third-place and $1,000 in the 20th annual Student Design Competition, sponsored by the International Housewares Association.


•Northwest Allen County Schools is taking names of students who wish to enroll in kindergarten in the fall. Parents who have a child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 should call the school their child will attend prior to kindergarten roundup, which will be at 6 p.m. March 19 for all NACS elementary schools. Parents should bring a county birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency (such as a utility bill) and any legal or custodial papers pertaining to their child.


•Google has announced its 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest and is encouraging students to use their imaginations to doodle about this year’s theme “My Best Day Ever … ” The winning doodle will be displayed on Google’s home page in May, and the winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and the winner’s school will get a $50,000 technology grant . Students can submit doodles until March 22, and one winner from each state will be announced May 1.

Grace College

•Heritage Forums, a series of talks celebrating the 75th anniversary of Grace College and Seminary, will hold its second installment at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the east room of Westminster Hall. These panels are based on work that a number of Grace College professors, faculty and students, along with other collaborators, are doing for an upcoming volume on the history of Grace College and Seminary.

Huntington University

•Dr. Jean Bansemer, founder of the writing workforce company My Web Writers, will lecture on the importance for writers staying active in their careers during the Forester Lecture Series on Sunday. The lecture be at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.


•Area high school students can win cash prizes at the 22nd Annual Engineers Week High School Bridge Contest at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science lobby. For rules and registration go to Admission and registration is free; high school participants register online by Wednesday.

•The ninth annual Gospel Fest, sponsored by the university and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom. It will feature a variety of music and dance styles as well as a community resource fair. The event, one of several being held for Black History Month, is free and open to the public.

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