Night at the Lab

Will Keller – Sugar Beet staff reporter

Garden City High School hosted the fourth annual Southwest Regional “Night at the Lab” competition on Thursday, October 19. Beginning at 5:00 pm, groups of talented students from Garden City and the surrounding area presented medical research projects to a group of community volunteers.

“Night at the Lab” is a program started by KU Medical Center area health back in April of 2013. The goal of the program is to provide students with research and presentation skills that will prove valuable later in life. Students who participate work in groups of three to research a given topic and have two weeks to put together a visual display and three minute oral presentation. This year’s topics were in a area of orthopedics and sports medicine. Anna Roth a senior in the yellow academy believed her group presented well.

“Our topic was ‘What is Total Ankle Replacement? How well does it work? And what does the future look like?’ Our preparation and memorization really paid off,” Roth said.

“My partners were Ana Seijas and Madison Bellows. The judges asked us a lot of difficult questions, but I was confident in my public speaking. My take away from the entire experience was that I strengthened my public speaking skills and getting a taste of what college will be like.”

Elena Lemke, a yellow academy junior researched and presented the topic of Total Wrist Arthroplasty.

“The most challenging thing about Night at the Lab this year was probably the fact that our topic is super rare,” Lemke said. “Our judges had never even seen our topic, so they referred us to a judge in Michigan. Our hard work paid off and we won. We now get to advance to the next round and compete for the state title. KU Med will pay for us to travel to Lawrence and compete. Overall I’m really excited for the state competition and further strengthens my public speaking skills.”
Abby Castanon, a red academy senior found some, of the answers outside of their knowledge scope.

“Our research didn’t fully prepare us for some of the questions asked. We thought we were prepared enough but we definitely weren’t. One thing I personally took from this experience is that it’s okay to not know everything, as long as you’re willing to admit it.”

Will Keller is a junior in the trade and health academy contact him at

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