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Dissection In Biology Class a Rite of Passage


by Caroline Wisner

Dissecting some type of organism is a biology class rite of passage. For years high schoolers have been opening up frogs to get a closer look at the inner workings of the amphibians.

Science teacher Elizabeth Klafter’s biology classes finally took a stab at the dissections this week. Klafter gave her students an option to dissect many different animals and insects, the most interesting being a dogfish shark.

Preparing for the project students were either very excited or very disgusted. Sophomore Sydnie Grossnickle said, “I know it’s going to be really gross, but I’m still looking forward to learning more about these animals and everything else.”

Before the students made their way back to the lab there had already been comments of the smell, specifically coming from the bin where they were to dump their specimens when done. Klafter gave the students some information and advice before turning them loose, one being, “If at some point you feel sick you can step out to the greenhouse to get some air.”

Like myself, sophomore Shelby Diehl expected the process of opening up the organisms to be easier than it actually was. Diehl said, “The outer layer of the starfish I dissected was a lot harder to cut open than I thought it was going to be, so it took a little while to actually start the dissecting.”

I can proudly say that I somehow lasted the entire experiment without feeling the need to step out to the greenhouse. Although I did feel a little nauseous towards the end, when one of my lab partners cut through the bones of our frog. The sound of bone being snapped in half is not a pleasant one.

Sophomore Jordan Gress said, “The dissections were very interesting, even though it got a little gross at times, I really enjoyed it.”

All accounted for, the lab went very smoothly and students were extremely invested in the lab and curious about the inner workings of so many animals, fish, and amphibians.