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Student Art, Writings on Display at the Great Lakes Science Center

The students won ribbons and honorable mentions in the medically themed Cleveland Clinic eXpressions program.

Ten students earned ribbons or honorable mentions in this year’s Cleveland Clinic eXpressions program.

The program matches high school students with scientific research done by interns from the clinic, said Kevin Ziegler, a corporate communications manager for the clinic. The intern’s research is then interpreted by the students, who use it as the basis for a piece of art or a written project.

The program partners with local school districts, and teachers work it into their curriculum, Ziegler said.

Emery Sirna, whose piece earned her a ribbon in the contest, said no one in her class had experimented with medical artwork before.

“That kind of caught everyone’s attention,” Sirna said.

The students chose what research projects they wanted to work with. Sirna, a junior at , picked some research on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the disease her grandmother had died from. She wanted to make the project personal.

Photographs are a big part of Sirna’s family, so she decided to make a collage of memories being forgotten and viewed through holes in a brain scan.

Five of the award-winning students from Brecksville-Broadview Heights submitted written works. The other five submitted art. Photos of those pieces were provided to Brecksville Patch from the Cleveland Clinic, including Sirna’s, and can be viewed above.

The students’ work is also on display at the Great Lakes Science Center through the beginning of April. Details can be found on the science center’s website.

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