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WCHS students participate in interactive autopsy
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Students in WCHS teacher Judy Thomas’ forensic science class took advantage of the school’s distance learning equipment to participate in an interactive virtual autopsy.This is the fourth such class given since 2009 when the school obtained the equipment through a $91,712 Perkins Reserve Grant written by Career and Technical Education director Tracy Risinger. The school had one on April 1, 2010, two on Oct. 21, 2010, and the one held Monday at WCHS.The equipment, which consists of flat-panel monitors, microphones and video cameras, plus the software to operate the interactive video conferences, have allowed the school to present a total of 20 such programs on a wide range of subjects including careers in law, HIV/ AIDS, bullying, money and the dangers of debt and the anatomy of the human brain.The system has also been used to provide a virtual visit with both Santa and Mrs. Claus for younger students.Risinger says she got idea from a visit to another local educational facility which participated in distance learning.“I had gone to Motlow for a meeting and saw they had this capability,” Risinger said. “In talking to Melody (Motlow McMinnville campus director Melody Edmonds) and being out there at the meeting, I was just amazed at the opportunities.