Students from Manual Academy volunteered at the March Madness Experience at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall in downtown Peoria. The Experience was going on during the IHSA State Basketball Finals which were happening simultaneously in the arena.
The celebration breakfast for AVID students featured Dr. Anthony Avellino as the guest speaker. Dr. Avellino specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Harborview Medical Center, Association of University Physicians, and VA Puget Sound Health Care System. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Avellino performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is currently the CEO for OSF Neuroscience Service Line & Illinois Neurological Institute.
The freshmen at Manual Academy are at it again. This time, the biology students completed a unit on human genetic disorders. Students were responsible for researching and choosing an assigned disorder. Next, they published a paper on the assigned disorder. The final component was to present their findings before their classmates. With their teachers’ permission, some chose to take it to another level by portraying someone with the disorder. The activity sparked a lot of conversations in the ninth grade hallways. Students not in biology wanted to know more about the disorders. Although the intended focus was mutations causing genetic disorders, students quickly learned about the hardships and stigmas that surround such disorders.