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Cancer Screening Advocates Project Wins State Recognition

On Friday, June 14 Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Education announced that two Linn-Mar High School students were among the winners of the Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge.

Rachel Winn Rachel and Winn at their outreach table

Linn-Mar High School students Rachel Hora and Winn Chumnanont presented information on skin cancer and the importance of skin safety for their submission, “Cancer Screening Advocates.”

Rachel and Winn are taking classes through Linn-Mar’s Venture Life Science program and partnered with Hall-Perrine Cancer Center to bring skin cancer and sun safety information to their peers as part of their project. They set up an informational table outside their lunchroom, provided students with information on the dangers of skin cancer and tanning, and offered students materials they developed as resources.

Locally they coordinated and partnered with Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine staff to help create these outreach events. The Hall-Perrine staff brought a DermaScan machine to the students’ informational table to help illuminate sun damage on the face and bring to light the importance of sun protection.

More than 250 Linn-Mar High School students visited this table to learn more about sun safety and preventive measures to guard against skin cancer.

As second place finishers in the Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge, the students garnered a $500 award for the Linn-Mar Community School District.

Congratulations to Rachel and Winn!