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CHI Speakers Engage Seniors

Guest speakers talk about the effects and prevention of traumatic injuries

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The two guest speakers,

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The two guest speakers,

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The two guest speakers,

Hope Stratman, Features Editor

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Oct. 25, 2017 — The senior theology classes of Mr. Zavaletta got a treat today: two guest speakers, both from or involved with CHI Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute. The speakers, Jena Munson and Gina Springhower, “[Presented] the Matter of Seconds Program which focuses on prevention of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury,” in the words of Munson

Jena Munson, a recreational therapist, spoke first; she talked about the common causes of head trauma, encouraged the students to always wear a helmet when using a skateboard or bike, and told a story of a former patient of hers whose life was dramatically altered by his head injury. Munson then spoke about spine injuries and how debilitating such injuries can be.

The second speaker, Gina Springhower, told the story of how she became wheelchair-bound. She had been a passenger in the car of a drunk driver and hadn’t been wearing a seatbelt; in a crash that resulted from the driver taking a turn at 80 miles per hour, she was paralyzed from the belly button down.

These guest speakers, through their talks, tried to make a difference in the lives of Skutt Catholic students. “We are hoping that we can help students to understand potential consequences that they might have to face if they made a poor choice or decision and it resulted in a traumatic injury,” Munson said.

Hope Stratman - Features Editor

Hope became a member of The Flightline in August of 2016. She is a senior this year involved in activities including Speech and FBLA. Outside of school, she enjoys lists, photography, and naming inanimate objects. You can email her at [email protected]

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