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Growing with grants, GBHS students thank Midwest Energy for support of Growth Cart
GBHS honors biology students extend gratitude to Midwest Energy for a grant that helped fund the addition of a growth cart in Ken Botzung’s science lab. Front row, from left: Kamron Stude, Angel Palacio and Melyne Fletchall. Back row: Anita Zecha, Paige Wagner, Kynslee White, Katie Kuhlman, Charley Sander, Johnathan Randall, Evan Wedel, Hailey Hicks, Elysse Ellis and Jason Scott.

Students enrolled in Ken Botzung’s honors biology course at Great Bend High School now benefit from the use of a growth cart thanks to the financial support of Midwest Energy.

According to Botzung, the cart will allow students to run independent research projects, also known as student-designed labs, as a part of their coursework.

“The growth cart is a necessary and versatile addition to my classroom, especially considering my interior classroom has no windows,” said Botzung. “Different from labs students have completed in my class or other courses, the student-designed lab requires the student to develop the process from start to finish. Including the selection of a plant-based research topic, conducting research, writing a formal lab report, and presenting the findings to their peers.”

A $500 grant from Midwest Energy covered half of the cost of the growth cart.

For more information about academic programs at GBHS or opportunities to support learning, contact Great Bend High School, 620-793-1521.