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Fourth grader turns love of horses into knowledge

Staff writer

Another extended learning program student wowed peers and staff with a presentation after weeks of research and preparation.

With the help of teacher Clare Galle, fourth grader Katie Huls gave a 15-minute presentation entitled “Kentucky Derby: the most exciting two minutes in sports” twice last week.

Katie performed for fourth and fifth graders April 30, and again Thursday morning for kindergarten through third grades.

The presentation highlighted aspects of the Kentucky Derby such as jockeys, horse mouth tattoos and preventing horse theft.

As a close-up of a horse’s mouth filled the presentation screen, Katie mustered laughs from her audience.

“He needs to brush his teeth,” she said with a smile.

Katie said her love of horses and racing served as motivating factors behind topic selection and made the research process easier.

“I chose the Kentucky Derby because I love horses,” she said, “and because I just like racing. Researching wasn’t hard, but memorizing everything was.”

Audience members weren’t the only ones who took knowledge from the presentation.

Katie said her presenting skills came easier after her second performance.

“My legs were shaking on Tuesday,” she said. “Today, they weren’t.”

Galle is proud of her student and her continued efforts to stick with the presentation.

“Katie is a star,” she said. “She is a hard worker, and when she wants to do something, she does it. She loved the research components and knew exactly what went on each slide.”

Last modified May 9, 2018