Sauerkraut Helps Students StudyTuesday, May 29, 2012 By Mirah Dailey
When you hear someone say the words “Fear Factor” what do you automatically think of? You’re unsure because you have no idea what is coming your way. Three students and one teacher; Zakeya Davenport, La’Shannon Bradley,AunikaDentmond, and special education teacher D. Blair volunteered themselves in Sarah Nally’s Health class to participate in playing their own version of Fear Factor. This is only the second trimester that Nally has done this with her class, but she has found out that it will be here for a while. There are three different rounds containing the first round by eating the most mustard greens as you can possibly can. The second round contains a nice big plate of delicious sauerkraut, followed by the last round of eating a full can of sardines. “The texture of the food made it so hard to eat, and I will never eat any of those foods ever again,” freshman Davenport said. Before the participants begin each round, Nally proceeds to ask them a test question. If they answer it correctly then they will be given less of that specific item for that round. If you answer the question incorrectly then you will have more to eat. “I like all foods so this didn’t really faze me,” Blair said. “I even eat sardines for lunch sometimes.” To some people, eating these foods is nothing, but for others it could make them completely sick to their stomach. “I was crazy for doing it in the first place, and my stomach agreed. I didn’t feel well for the rest of the day,” Davenport said. “I felt so disgusted while I was trying to eat everything as fast as I possibly could.” People in Fear Factor have to find a way to cope with their specific task and come up with different ways to get inside their head to let them know that they can finish. “While I was eating the sauerkraut I started to think that it tasted a little like pickles and kept that thought with me until in finished that round,” freshman Dentmond said. “The more I kept eating it the more I tasted pickles, so I guess I found a new food that I like because of eating the sauerkraut.” Fear Factor is a game that Nally will continue to play with her health class for a fun way to learn the information on the next test. “It’s also a great way for torture,” Nally said. “I went through the grocery store and just found the worst things possible.” This is something that the kids look forward to along with getting the information they need for their next test. Many would encourage other students to play just for the experience. “I would recommend other students to play because it would be funny to watch other students doing it, and it also gives you a chance to eat food that you didn’t think you would like but actually end up liking it,” Dentmond said.