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Lathrop High students dive into human body
Lathrop High students, from left, Justin Fernandez, Oscar Mejia, Amy Thomas, and Emilio Perez - visited the Bodies Revealed exhibit in Sacramento. - photo by Photo Contributed
SACRAMENTO – It’s something that we use every day, in multiple ways, and pay little mind to the systems or the intricate network that makes it all possible.

Now a Lathrop High School Advanced Placement Biology class has a clearer understanding of that thing that most of us take for granted: the human body.

Earlier this month, the AP class took a trip up to Sacramento to see not only how the human body works at the Bodies Revealed exhibit, but the actual bodies themselves up close and personal – giving students a unique glimpse into the world that they had been studying.

“The exhibition is eye opening,” Lathrop student Jasmine Elder said. “There are so many different parts of the body to study, and this has made me consider going into the medical field – before I wasn’t sure.

Other students, like Navi Singh, had a personal connection to some of the exhibits, and found them to only further fuel the desire to pursue research and treatment of certain diseases.

“My uncle had cancer, so I want to be an oncologist,” Singh said. “The best part of the exhibit was actually being able to see what cancer looks like. It was interesting, and I learned a lot.”

And the students were anything but clueless when it came to the inner workings of the human body.

As part of their last class project, students put together a presentation on one particular part of the body – dividing up into groups to tackle things like the muscular system, the digestive system, and the nervous system to name a few. Another recent field trip where they were able to see and touch cadavers was also on the lesson plan, and helped the students – who visited Bodies Revealed after school had already concluded – prepare themselves for the traveling exhibit.

“This is something that we do in cities across the country, and we find it to be beneficial to the students that are involved,” said vice president of operations Cheryl Mure. “The students get the chance to actually see what it is that they’re studying, and that can be an invaluable tool.”

Seeing her own students giving up a day of their summer to extend their education was almost more than teacher Shannon Easter could bear.

“The exhibit is wonderful. I am so privileged to teach such an amazing group of students,” Easter said. “They gave up a summer day to take advantage of this trip, and I am so honored to be their teacher. This is an opportunity that nobody should pass up – it’s absolutely beautiful.”

Bodies Revealed is on Alta Arden Expressway across from the Arden Fair Mall. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adults are $22, college students with ID are $18, and children are $14. Discounts are available for seniors and military personnel.

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