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Allegheny Arts Immersion: What do they do?

By Sydney Kightlinger, design editor

Approximately every other Friday, a gaggle of students hop on the a.m. Career Center bus and hightail it to Allegheny College. We all know these students are “gifted” or “talented,” meaning they have an above average intelligence or a special talent in the arts, but what do they do at the college?

The short answer is this: Allegheny Arts Immersion involves three 65 minute classes that meet 12 times during the school year. It is designed to challenge and intrigue academically inclined students, but Allegheny is so much more than that. Students take classes ranging from neuroscience to yoga.

Junior Cutter’b Pritchard takes Theatre Arts, Music Through the Ages, and Protest Music. Pritchard has taken Protest Music every year since his freshman year. “It is entertaining because of the engaging factors in the class such as debates on contemporary issues, and the analysis of protest songs,”said Pritchard. His class is currently examining the  music of 1960s counterculture movement.

Another class offered is Slavery and Segregation through the Supreme Court that sophomore Scout Van Cise takes. “It is very interesting because it goes in depth about the history of racial inequality in the United States. It is interesting to discuss the issues of inequality with other students from the county,” said Van Cise.

Senior Jared McClymonds and junior Tyler Brooks travel around the world during their class. In the World Languages and Cultures class, students break down the elements of language and compare them to various cultures in the world. They have had speakers from Germany, Norway, and Taiwan. “The language class at Allegheny is amazing; it makes the language classes at our school look like canned tuna. It’s invigorating to learn,” said Brooks.

Moving  away from the humanities, students who with an interest in math and science can take classes in neuroscience. Senior Lauren Posego takes neuroscience. This past year, the class put a lesion in the hypothalamus of a rat so that the rat couldn’t gage his appetite. “Neuroscience helped to realize my passion in the science field. I think it is really cool I get to do surgery on rats,” said Posego who will attend college next year as a pre-med student.




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