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Swim Safety 02/26/18
This week, students from Mrs. Byrd’s class participated in a water safety course at the Galax Recreation Cen...
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The Outdoor Classroom 02/08/18
On Tuesday, February 06, Mr. Horton’s forestry class and Mr. Carter’s engineering class made the great out...
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Three Time State Champi... 03/08/18
Entering the 2017-18 VHSL State Wrestling tournament Galax Junior Joshua Spurlin was 97-15 and ready for the t...
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Manufacturing in the mo... 03/07/18
Galax High School dual enrollment welding students recently traveled to Kernersville, North Carolina to tour t...
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Three Time State Champion

Entering the 2017-18 VHSL State Wrestling tournament Galax Junior Joshua Spurlin was 97-15 and ready for the task. It was daunting with what was arguably the toughest weight class in the tournament. With another returning champion and one runner-up standing in his way Spurlin was prepared for the battles that ensued. Spurlin met last years runner up in the semi finals and with 3 seconds on the clock scored an escape to win the match 1-0. The finals were set.  Two returning state champions would battle it out to see who would be the best for 2018.  With Spurlin down 2-4 and only 6 seconds remaining in the match, the Galax junior scored a huge takedown to tie the match, forcing overtime.  In overtime Spurlin prevailed with a dramatic takedown to the mat and a pin to take the 1A VHSL 132lb State Championship and notching his 100th career win! Congratuations to Joshua Spurlin on the Championship and his 100th win!


Roll Tide! Your 3x VHSL State Champ Joshua Spurlin!

Manufacturing in the modern age

Galax High School dual enrollment welding students recently traveled to Kernersville, North Carolina to tour the John Deere Hitachi manufacturing facility.  The two companies (one American and the other Japanese) started a joint venture more than 10 years ago to build world class excavators.  The plant employs nearly 1000 people, over half of whom are welders.  Starting pay is over $21.00 per hour for their welders.

Students learned that John Deere Hitachi is a lean manufacturing facility, which means that they only produce if they have an order for an excavator.  That certainly has not been a problem for the past 36 months.  The plant produces 20 finished excavators per day and has orders months out in the future.   

 

 GHS students in the human resources room at John Deere Hitachi in Kernersville,NC

 

A John Deere Hitachi employee inspects a weld on a part of an excavator arm before it is attached to the main frame.

A John Deere Hitachi employee welding.

 

The Outdoor Classroom

On Tuesday, February 06, Mr. Horton’s forestry class and Mr. Carter’s engineering class made the great outdoors their classroom.  Engineering students used their new drone to survey the property that the school system recently purchased.  The students will generate a 3-D model of the property.  Mr. Horton’s forestry students walked the property and completed a timber survey of the 50 plus acres of land.  The students identified oaks, popular, pine, and cherry trees on the property.  In addition, the forestry students found a small stream that feeds a pond. 

Combining their information, the forestry students and the engineering students plan to estimate the value of the timber on the property, as well as how much of the property is covered by timber. 

GHS engineering students set up the control station for the drone flight

Once students have programmed in the flight plan, they activate the drone and it takes to the sky to complete its mapping mission

Mr. Horton's forestry students identify a small tree as they hiked the property.

Mr. Horton explains to students how to identify this species of tree.  Horton explained that a cherry tree has horizontal lenticels and color of the bark is brown or gray.

Students also had some time to explore on their own.

As the drone follows its flight plan, it snaps pictures.  Here, a small pond is revealed although it is hidden from view on the ground by the surrounding trees.

In this picture, the drone snapped a picture as it passed over our control station.

 

 

 

Swim Safety

This week, students from Mrs. Byrd’s class participated in a water safety course at the Galax Recreation Center. Students learned the basics of water safety including; never swim alone, how to prepare for a day at the pool, how to be safe in a boat, how to put on a life jacket, and how to spot danger signs in and out of the water.

On day 1, the students learned that they should never go in the water after another swimmer who is in distress. Instead, they learned to first seek help from a life guard or another adult. The students also learned how to safely use a rescue tube or another object to reach out to the victim from the pool deck.

On day 2, students practiced putting on life jackets and entering the water with the life jacket. Once in the water, students practiced kicking while on their backs to move into more shallow water. Students also practiced boating skills in kayaks.

On day 3, students were tested on their skills. Each student had to recognize different situations and then take appropriate steps to deal with that situation. Each student received a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the class.