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Students learn about possible career choices
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Blakely Haff, right, works with middle school students Kennedy Turpin, left, and Rebecca Dillard. The photography group took photos downtown on Tuesday and turned their images into collages, bookmarks and coasters on Wednesday. - photo by NAT GURLEY

Hall County middle school students had three eXtreme days this week at Lanier Charter Career Academy’s annual eXtreme eXperiences camp.

This year’s curriculum included photography, culinary and beauty-cosmetology classes and was designed to make an early connection with the tweens and teens and future class choices in high school — including the Lanier Academy charter option — and career choices beyond, Lanier Academy career tech coordinator Rhonda Samples has said.

Beauty and cosmetology students wove French and waterfall braids, practiced makeup and skin tone analysis on classmates and learned manicures and nail art. Culinary students got wet after their classes Wednesday, passing bowls of ice water overhead to teammates seated behind them. Photography students on Tuesday hunted for photos on the downtown Gainesville square, turning them into collages, bookmarks and coasters on Wednesday.