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Students Shine During Anxiety-Inducing Panel Discussions

Seniors Ben Gerken, Rich Hamlin, Tomas Morehead, and Blane Hardin prepare to start their panel discussion on prison systems.

Seniors Ben Gerken, Rich Hamlin, Tomas Morehead, and Blane Hardin prepare to start their panel discussion on prison systems.

Seniors Ben Gerken, Rich Hamlin, Tomas Morehead, and Blane Hardin prepare to start their panel discussion on prison systems.

Seniors Ben Gerken, Rich Hamlin, Tomas Morehead, and Blane Hardin prepare to start their panel discussion on prison systems.

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It has been a week of laughs, tears, and high nerves for many seniors. The culprit causing these emotions? Panel board discussion, more commonly known as “panels,” assignments in Mrs. Koett’s speech class. For panels, students are assigned groups, and, in those groups, they pick a “hot” topic to research and form an opinion on for two weeks. They must collect as much information as they are able, as well as explain what they learned. On their designated discussion day, they will sit in front of four to five experts on the topic they research and be questioned for a full fifty-five minutes. Students participating had many thoughts on this task as both a presenter and an audience member.

Grace Combs said this about witnessing panels done by her peers, “I think they are super interesting. I love watching them. It’s cool to see people who have researched their topic well enough to answer questions from the experts. Some good points are made, and they really make you think.” She went on to add that she was nervous for her own. “It’s pretty intimidating being questioned for that long from experts of the topic.” She wasn’t the only one with butterflies in her stomach this week. There have been many expressing the same anxiety. “They are somewhat nerve racking because you have to be able to answer a variety of questions, but if you and your group have done the research, you should be fine. As an audience member, they are very informative if you are willing to listen to your peers,” explained Blane Hardin, as he gave his opinion as well as a little advice to future panel board discussion participants.

Overall, students did a wonderful job presenting the topic they researched. Congratulations for making it through the tough week.

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Meela Mingua, Staff Writer

Meela Mingua is a senior. Along with writing for the newspaper staff, she participates in tennis, track and field, book club, poetry club, and theatre...

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