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Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens.

The trip to “BODIES... The Exhibition” at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan was won by Sadrach Pierre, a junior at Midwood at 2839 Bedford Avenue, for an essay he wrote about the dangers of smoking.

“It gave me a great sense of pride to know that I won something for my class and that I got to get a message out about smoking and its downsides,” said Pierre, a resident of Flatbush.

The 16-years-old entered the BODIES Tri-state Essay on Personal and Public Health Competition to help teenagers and adults avoid the pitfalls of smoking.

“I feel that smoking is one of the most deleterious situations a person can put themselves in. That being so, I feel that anything that might convince a smoker to quit should be done,” he said.

Pierre believes the Bodies exhibit “can serve as an alarm to get smokers to stop smoking.”

He explained, “‘Bodies…The Exhibition’ allows people to see a cancerous lung or a ruptured blood vessel from an aneurysm. Such displays can open the eyes of smokers so they can ultimately stop smoking to save their life and the life of our society as well.”

When he and his classmates visited the exhibit, it was the lung display that caught his attention.

“My favorite display was of the lungs that were affected with many different diseases and conditions such as tuberculosis and lung cancer,” he explained.

“I saw a number of different fascinating things, including a section on the skeletal system, the digestive system and much, much more,” the teen said.

“My classmates were excited about my win. They were very happy about their free trip to Bodies,” Pierre said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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