By Dan Bechtold, Editor
This summer 15 Winner High School students are getting hands on experience with animal production and plant science. Wyatt DeJong, ag teacher at Winner High School, is teaching two classes this summer. The classes started the last week of school and will end the second week of August. Students will receive a half a credit for taking the class. DeJong says there are quizzes and tests just like normal class.
There is an animal science class. Last year the focus was on beef production and this year the focus is on sheep, goats and swine. Each student can choose one species. There are seven students in the animal science class.
New this year is an advanced plant science class with eight students. This class is working on a community garden plus learning about crops as well as soil science.
There is 40 hours of classroom work and 60 hours of working with plants or animals. The classes are taught in the barn just west of Frontier Motors. Students get to pick 10 days they can meet for four hours each time. DeJong says the classes are normally held in the evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
“The students like the structure as it is so different from any class they would take,” said DeJong. He noted the classes are set up like a production class on a collegiate level.
DeJong says he is able to teach a lot of concepts and show the students different aspects of both animal science and plant science.