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Students in Christel Pitner's third-grade class crowd around to see how they would play a Greek mythology gameboard created by fifth-grader Dustin Bertrang to go with his presentation on climbing Mount Olympus. In charge of the program, Cathy Krohn looks on. Five presenters gave short talks during the exercise in Pitner's class, and five other fifth-graders gave presentations in Dana Egbert's third-grade class. It was part of a "highly capable" program under the direction of Cathy Krohn. - Roger S. Lucas photo

A number of fifth-grade students, all part of a "highly capable" program, made presentations before two third-grade classes recently at Lake Roosevelt Elementary.

The students selected a topic they were interested in, then planned a program centered around a written report and slide shows. After the presentations, third graders had an opportunity to answer questions from a sheet passed out to show how well they listened.

Students were tutored by Cathy Krohn and made presentations before Dana Egbert's and Christel Pitner's third-grade classes.

Presenters and their subject matter included:

• Sam Amarilla – The Cold War: Sam created a book with hand-drawn pictures describing the timeline of the Cold War;

• Emma Arbogast – JFK: Emma created an advanced PowerPoint with text and photos to support her report, and also had a crossword puzzle for students to complete;

• Dustin Bertrang – Greek Mythology beasts: He created a board game with handmade board pieces and rules to climb Mount Olympus;

• Lilly Button – The Rain Forest: She created a poster of the rainforest with hand-drawn plants and animals. She also created a word search for students to complete;

• Jaelyn Cleveland – The Nez Perce Tribe: Jaelyn brought artifacts from tribal culture as well as photos of common edible plants used by the tribe. She explained what the artifacts were used for and how the plants were eaten. She passed out a five-question test to students;

• Brit Egbert – The Cobra: Brit created and gave out bookmarks with facts about the cobra;

• Tanner Kiser – The Siberian Husky: Tanner created a poster with the first people to breed the husky, the Iditarod route and why the husky is famous in Alaska;

• Landon Krohn – The Roman military uniform: Landon wrote an original fictional story about a Roman farmer who was called to war. He also created a poster with pictures of the Roman uniform;

• Logan Marconi – The Chimpanzee: Logan created a poster with pictures of the chimpanzee and also distributed a word search for students;

• Sadie Marconi – The Pomeranian dog: Sadie made a scrapbook with pictures depicting the history of the Pomeranian.

The students started their projects during the holiday break.

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