Students earn credit, learn greater lesson in water aerobics class

Mikayla Morris, front right, works out next to Pat Grothoff while classmate Kendra Sanches, front row left, and Nancy Wilbers keep up with the instructor. Some students in summer school at Jefferson City High School have spent their physical education class time in the pool at the Knowles YMCA in water aerobics class.

Mikayla Morris, front right, works out next to Pat Grothoff while classmate Kendra Sanches, front row left, and Nancy Wilbers keep up with the instructor. Some students in summer school at Jefferson City High School have spent their physical education class time in the pool at the Knowles YMCA in water aerobics class. Photo by Julie Smith.

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Gabriela Chaidez laughs as she backs into Kayla Smith while exercising in the water at the YMCA. Students got to mix with several older women in the regular YMCA class, some who have been in the class since before the girls were born.

A swirl of arms and bobbing shoulders keeps the waves moving in the Knowles YMCA swimming pool as rock ’n’ roll oldies keep time for water aerobics.

The constant motion and low-impact workout have been a benefit to not only mature women in the YMCA class but also, during the past four weeks, for 10 young women from Jefferson City High School’s summer school.

The first-year class of nutrition and wellness has highlighted the importance of low-sugar diets and the value of regular exercise.

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