Students combine knowledge on cancer in socratic seminar


Students come together with various information to offer on the topic of cancer at the cancer gala socratic seminar held on Feb. 24 in the Blackbox. Photo taken by Sierra Solis

Impacting the lives of millions across the globe, the cause for cancer has reached all corners of the globe and attracted eager activists in spreading the word about the disease and promoting support on the issue.

In an effort to enlighten fellow students on the topic, a socratic seminar was held on Feb. 24, conducted by social studies teacher Deborah Hejl. Broadcasted to the student body, students and teachers tweeted in questions about all aspects of cancer using the hashtag, #FHSGala.

Live broadcasting the seminar and integrating the audience proved to catch the attention of viewers as 93 tweets were sent in during the two-hour broadcast taking place during periods 5 and 6.

“For my preparation, I did a lot of research. Ms. Hejl gave us a few articles to look at, so I looked at those articles, I researched it, but at the end of the day my responsibility was to be a representative for the business department,” senior Jordan Brown said.

“It was a surreal experience. Overall it was a great experience and it was really enjoyable. It’s something definitely that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my college career as I get started,” Brown said.

Students not only shared information on cancer, but also incorporated personal experiences and the experiences of others into their discussion.

“I tried my best to incorporate Mr. Crull in the situation, being a teacher from the business department, spread awareness on that, and I hope I did it right. We’re totally blessed with the amazing community that we have at Fishers and to be able to put on an event like this, an event like we’re having on Friday with the gala, [and] an event on Saturday with the dance marathon,” Brown said.

The cancer gala will be held on Feb. 26. To view the socratic seminar, click here.