For senior Sydney Simmons, removing the internal organs of a pig with the assistance of a few classmates was not that gross. It was even interesting to learn about about the pig’s anatomy since hog production is a vital part of the local economy.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Simmons said while wearing a face mask and goggles. “I’ve done it a lot and I’ve been around pigs before. It’s not something that really bothers me.”
The Clinton High School student is one of many students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes. During the Monday activity, students dissected pigs to determine the internal organs. The work also involved removing the animal’s liver and brain. It’s one of several activities preparing her for the next level.
“It prepares you for the workload and the classes you’re going to be taking in college,” Simmons said about taking AP courses.
Nearby, science teacher Alvin Antonio pointed a scalpel towards the organ of a infant pig cut open by Spell Carr, Donald Knowles and Olivia Sessoms. Later, he moved to another table to check the work of more students. During the AP Biology class, Antonio teaches about living organisms such as plants, animals, microorganisms and bacteria.
“I know by doing the experiments, they’re more engaged,” Antonio said about working together through the hands-on activities.
Along with the sake of science, Antonio mentioned how some of students may go into fields where cutting into larger animals.
“For some this will be the first step with dissection,” Antonio said.
One of the students who may follow that career path was junior Jackson Glover. In the future, Glover said he would like to become a doctor.
“I enjoyed exploring the inside of the animal and how they relate to humans,” Glover said. “It’s pretty interesting.”
Other than the smell, senior Jaalen Best enjoyed the experience. Like Simmons, Best enjoys how AP classes are preparing him for college.
“I thin they’re very challenging,” Best said AP education. “They’re good for students who want to challenge themselves and get prepared for college.”
According to Clinton City Schools Officials, a total of 94 students took AP exams during the 2014-15 school year. There were 185 individual exams taken among those students this past school year, more than double the 92 tests taken the year before.
The fetal pigs from the Carolina Biological Supply Company were donated by Randall Barefoot, a member of the Clinton City Board of Education. About 100 were donated for resource purposes.
“We’re very thankful for him for donating to us through Carolina Biological Supply Company,” Antonio said.
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