Allison Napier

Jumping into Kinesiology: Learning by doing

Eric Slattery introducing kinesiology by describing his classroom. 

Jumping Into Kinesiology with Eric Slattery introduced 10 Summer Scholars students to the world of kinesiology by evaluating movement and benefits to overall health. Slattery, a member of Miami’s Department of Kinesiology and Health, taught at Miaimi as a grad student for two years and is now approaching his third year on faculty this August. His module consists of lots of hands on activities: running on a treadmill to measure the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide that is being released while the student is on the treadmill. “What is awesome about Miami vs. OSU or somewhere else, for kinesiology you don’t get to use equipment, while here at Miami undergrads get first-hand experiences” Slattery emphasized. Starting the class, Slattery informs the students about kinesiology and why it is important. He explains why people should care about kinesiology and gives them background and definitions that will further their understanding of the module throughout the eight class days. He also gives an overview in subjects such as biology, chemistry and physics as parts of each subject will apply to what the students are doing in the classroom. His module gives students a real life experience with 75 perfect of the class being special activities that derive from a real college course taken at Miami University. With these activities, Slattery will make sure all his students are comfortable doing the activities by providing background info and simply asking the students whether they are comfortable to do it or not. While the scholars are taking a first peek at college life, he provided the ability for students to look deeper into kinesiology in order for them to find the best fit if they are considering a specific field when they enter college. This benefiting these students giving them more experience than another student who didn’t attend Miami Summer Scholars, as Slattery said “If you want to get in you have to make yourself look different.”  

Reagan Kiechle: Immersed in France


Reagan Kiechle stands in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. — Contributed photo 

Reagan Kiechle, going into her fifth year of french at Hilliard Bradley high school, toured France in the freezing, rainy and snowy weather for 10 days with a school group. She has always wanted to experience France and was surprised with this trip by her mother and aunt for Christmas. When she first received this gift, she was upset because she wasn’t able to do it with her mom. But in the end Kiechle was so thankful and grateful to be able to go. Kiechle went to Nice, Paris and Nime, France and spent 3-4 days during spring break in each location. While there she studied the culture, visited museums, did guided tours, practiced speaking French with the locals, and “immersed ourselves in the culture” Kiechle explained. She described all of her food to be astonishing and served with lots of sauces on or around them. As she tried all the sauces, a fancy cappuccino, amazing salad, and one of a kind pizza, Kiechle

Reagan Kiechle’s cappuccino in France, Italy. — Contributed photo

emphasized “I would prefer French food over American food in a heartbeat.” During her time spent in France she was able to learn to appreciate the culture and history more than she would’ve sitting in a class at school. Although she regrets not talking in French more often, she gained more confidence speaking in the French she already knew. Not only did she gain confidence in her language, she made friendships that she never expected to make with her group of school friends. Kiechle overall enjoyed every moment of her trip and hopes to go back with her mom and experience the trip she originally dreamed of.

Mary Laird: A mission of faith 

Mary Laird enjoying the view in Lansing, West Virginia. — Contributed photo

Mary Laird, a rising junior at Open Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, adventured out to Webster Springs, West Virginia, for a mission trip without her cell phone for 7 days. A group of 45 girls and 45 boys, both from Open Catholic and Central Catholic High School, were divided into smaller groups of 10 to complete their missionary work for the time they stayed in Webster Springs. Each task the groups undertook were requested by locals who were unable to do  themselves. Laird’s group tore down abandoned sheds, painted a Veteran’s center, and reconstructed porches. The community gave back to the mission group by feeding them home-cooked meals, which Laird described as “Very delicious” and “Better than I would have ever imagined.” Each group, along with the service, played games and did activities in order to keep themselves occupied without their phones. Laird states, “It is nice without phones, I really got the chance to observe and get to know the people and places around me. I also have never played so much basketball in one week” Throughout her week in West Virginia, she was able to become closer with God and solidify her faith through community service. The end of her mission trip was the most emotional part, the group lit lanterns and released them into the sky pronouncing what they gained from their week of giving back to those less fortunate. The lantern ceremony served as a time for these 90 students to reflect on their week in Webster Springs, West Virginia. Laird enjoyed her week spent with the people in West Virginia and will continue to further the faith she gained from this mission trip.  

Two weeks of Media Matters

My two weeks with Patricia Newberry, a 22-year veteran of Miami’s journalism program faculty, have been very informative. Not only have I learned a lot about all the forms of journalism in the Media Matters module, but about myself and my interests as well. I see so many media professionals being affected by technology. What really caught my eye is the major decrease in jobs because of cell phones and technology. I knew Journalism jobs were decreasing but not to what extent. My favorite part was the field trip, all the different categories of Journalism is one day is a lot to take in. I definitely find myself fitting in a magazine corporation rather than radio, newspaper or television. I liked the magazine set up and the workflow. Growing up reading magazines, I’ve always loved how they looked and the content they hold. Rather than writing I would love to designed the front cover or take pictures of the models. I also enjoyed the amount of involvement the interns have while there. Although I don’t see myself being televised, I was amazed by the WCPO-TV news rooms and their staff. The busy setup and workflow surprised me the most. While at the WCPO-TV, ABC affiliate building I was able to completely realize the amount of teamwork it takes to be a journalist. I also was surprised by the comment a guest made at the radio station, he proclaimed that it was easier to be concise while talking rather than writing. That comment took me by surprised because I always assumed when people talk they will ramble because they can’t go back and edit it once they’ve said it. Unlike writing where there may be a word or size limit so journalist will try and be more precise, but it also could depend on the person and what they are writing or talking about. Not only the field trip was information but the interviews we did in class on Being able to first hand ask these journalist questions that we may have is a big advantage for us scholar students. Asking the right questions has gotten us lots of information we may not have been able to gather had we just researched these people during class. I’ve learned from these zoom chats that lots of journalists use social media a lot, have connections, love their jobs, and present themselves very professionally in the business world. Even though I don’t necessarily see myself pursuing journalism because my love for science is greater, I have enjoyed my experience here in the journalism module with Newberry and appreciate the time she has taken to get us all these connections with the journalists all around the world and I will always carry this experience with me.

Allison Napier prepares in zip-line in Lansing, West Virginia.

About the author

Allison Napier, 17, lives in Loveland, Ohio, with her parents, Jason and Trina Napier and her younger sister, Katianne Napier. She is a rising senior at Loveland High School where she is the manager of her varsity volleyball team. Before she became a manager she was involved in cheer-leading for 10 years and volleyball for 5 years. Napier loves to travel and take pictures, she enjoys exploring new places and cultures as well as meeting new people. Her favorite vacation spot is San Francisco, California and she dreams of going to Europe. In her free time, Napier enjoys exercising, swimming, playing with her cats and dogs, and hanging out with her friends. She enjoys spending time with her friends because she knows they will always have a fun time together. In the future, Napier dreams of becoming a dentist or orthodontist but if those fail she plans to pursue a journalism career.