Taylor Trapp

Jumping into kinesiology

Eric Slattery demonstrates measures on a student. — Photo by Taylor Trapp

Eric Slattery always enjoyed track and field, and wanted to major in something that added the exercise component. He decided to go into kinesiology because he was good with electronics, computers, and was a lab coordinator. Before coming to work at Miami University, he worked at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he got a chance to work in labs, and in a more clinical setting. Now as a teacher he can apply all of the aspects into teaching. When at Miami he works with anyone from college athletes and older. He uses exercise for medicine depending on the injury. When factoring age into the equation, the older the patient, the more they focus on everyday functions, such as sitting, standing and daily living. In the 1900s very few people died from cardiorespiratory failure. But today it’s more common with more cars and less physical exercise, Slattery said in an interview. If he should decide to continue studying more into kinesiology, Slattery stated that he would start focusing more on the mathematical aspects that haven’t yet been applied.

A daily day in the kinesiology module started with a 2½ hour lecture giving the students an idea and background for their activity in the afternoon. Mr. Slattery would provide a Powerpoint with all of the notes that students could write down. During their second part of the day, students would use their notes from earlier to help them understand what was usually going to be a lab, including health analysis for cardio, checking high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This is where Slattery’s previous clinical setting would come into play as students would get the chance to work with blood taking measurements.

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Meet Amanda Shane: Ace on the court

Amanda Shane competes in a tennis match. — Contributed photo

Amanda Shane, 16, is a rising junior at Ryle High School in Union, Ky. Amanda has played tennis for three years, and currently plays for her school, also competing in USTA Tennis Tournaments. She is ranked 93/182. She hopes to play tennis in college at the club or intramural level at Miami.

At her high school she is involved with FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) where she volunteers, and competes at the regional, state, and national level. During the Introduction to Business, Amanda placed first at regionals, and third at state. While at Summer Scholars, during her Taking Care of Business Module, she learned a lot about working together in groups and also how complex business is from marketing to distribution.   While in college Amanda wants to major in business and hopes to travel abroad studying.

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Meet Ryan Cavanaugh: On and off the track

Ryan Cavanaugh participates in cross country event. — Contributed photo

Ryan, 17, a rising senior at Minster High School, currently runs cross country and track. For the past four years Ryan has been on varsity for Cross Country, and for the past three years, has been on varsity for track. His PR for a 5K is 17:42. This year his team placed fourth at state, qualifying them for state in cross country. Ryan, being top four on his team, contributed his time to the team score, helping them qualify. Not only does Ryan participate in sports at his school, but he is also involved in his school band and marching band. Since fifth grade, Ryan has been in percussion and played drums. During his sophomore year, his band placed second at state for symphonic concert band.

While Ryan is involved at his school in different activities, he also works year round at Minster Supply around 45 hours a week. He’s been working there for about eight months and plans to continue working there until he graduates. Also during the summer, he lifeguards at his community pool where he’s been working for the past three years. Year round, Ryan has lifeguarded at his local YMCA, adding to about 15 hours a week.

At the Summer Scholars Program, Ryan has been a part of the Art of Game Design where he learned how to create an environment in unreal engine using purchased assets and standard tools. Ryan is a legacy, with both of his parents and his sister attending Miami University. He hopes to come and study software engineering.

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Meet Nathan Phillips: Leader to all

Nathan Phillips interacts in a virtual lab. — Photo by Taylor Trapp

Seventeen-year-old Nathan Phillips attends Moeller High School in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past three years, Nathan has played Ultimate Frisbee, this past year he competed at the state level and received fourth overall. Other than playing ultimate frisbee, Nathan has participated in Teens Acting for Peace. This year he has the honor of being president of the organization. Nathan has been a mental health speaker on depression and suicide, he’s spoken about three times in crowds as big as 2,500 people. This has been through one of his school teachers who has acted as a mentor for him for the past year. Aside from sports and other recreational activities, Nathan has worked at Kings Island for about three years.

While at Miami University, Nathan has had the opportunity to work in the Art of Game Design, editing the projects and videos they make, aiming to design projects to make them “look like what you want and still convey the idea.” Nathan plans to attend Miami and study computer science and interactive media. After college he hopes to become a programmer or information tech for colleges.

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Media Matters really matters

Steve Beitzel, left, takes “Media Matters” Scholars through a newscast. — Photo by Patricia Gallagher Newberry

During the two weeks in the Media Matters: Journalism in Action, we met with people virtually and in person. During these meetings we were given the chance to listen to a day by day at their work, and what all they’ve written, then afterwards we can ask any questions we want about what they’ve written, or about their day. We also got a chance to drive down to Cincinnati and tour offices of various media outlets.

The very first person we talked to, and one of my favorites, was Steve Beitzel, chief engineer for the Department of Media, Journalism & Film at Miami. We toured the control room of the TV studio in Williams Hall and got to try all of the equipment taking turns directing, being floor manager, technical director, graphics computer, anchors, and camera operators. Steve got his inspiration for this job when he had a teacher with this job. It took him 20 years, but now he can hopefully be an inspiration to others who want to do the same.

Another favorite that we met with was Rob Daumeyer, editor at the Cincinnati Business Courier. The Courier is a very local publication that addresses only local businesses and stocks with readers who are business owners wanting or having money. I asked Mr. Daumeyer how he got the Courier’s name out there; he said they use advertising with local businesses, and sponsor different events to attract businesses.

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Meet the author:

download-2Taylor Trapp is entering her junior year at Lafayette Senior High school in Lexington, Ky., where she is in the SCAPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) and pre-engineering programs. At her school she serves on Student Council, Beta Club, French Honors Society, French Club, MU Alpha Theta, Green Dot anti-bullying program, and the Legit Mentoring program. Outside of school, Taylor enjoys not only representing her school in dive meets, but also Kentucky Diving Club. In a January Invitational, Taylor finished in the Top 10. Taylor plans on double majoring in biochemistry and linguistics in college and then enroll in medical school. During her time at the 2017 Miami Summer Scholars Program, Taylor has gained understanding about communication through media, and how journalism plays a big part in that.