People pour a liquid into a pot. AP Chemistry students pour the liquid nitrogen into the ice cream ingredients.

AP Chemistry students at Patrick Henry recently celebrated the completion of the AP test with a little ice cream. Dr. Hainsworth of Emory and Henry College generously donated the remaining liquid nitrogen to the class for the purpose of making the ice cream quickly. Liquid nitrogen has a freezing point of -210°C and a boiling point of -196°C. As the students poured the liquid nitrogen into the pot containing the ingredients, the liquid nitrogen quickly vaporized eliciting oohs and aahs from the students. After making and enjoying the ice cream, students then sacrificed a banana and several flowers to a liquid nitrogen bath. The after effects were smashing!

Woman sits at laptop. Ms. Bradley shares pictures taken in China.

Second graders at Watauga Elementary were fortunate to welcome a guest speaker, Sujean Bradley, to discuss Ancient China. She teaches preschool at Rhea Valley Elementary. She has visited China twice. As a result of her trips, she has many experiences to share. She showed a slideshow of photographs and discussed many interesting facts about life in China. The presentation had elements of both present-day life and life in Ancient China. She placed a special emphasis on how people are alike in many ways, in spite of our different cultures. At the end, there was an interesting and informative question and answer session. Xie’, Xie’ to Ms. Bradley for taking time to visit with us!

A large group of students dressed in their uniform blazers kneel and stand in a long hallway with full-length glass windows on either side. AHS TSA students gathered several awards at the Virginia Technosphere advancing them on to national competition this summer.

Thirty-eight students from the Abingdon High School Technology Student Association chapter competed at the State Technosphere and Conference in Richmond, VA, on May 2-4. Three teams and one individual placed in the top three to qualify for the National TSA Conference to be held in Washington, DC, this summer. Those winners are as follows:

  • 1st Place, Digital Video Production - Tess M., Sophie J., Erin S., and Kurtis G.
  • 1st Place, Manufacturing Prototype - Duncan O., John J., and Cory K.
  • 2nd Place, CAD 3D Engineering - Kurtis G.
  • 3rd Place, Webmaster - Kurtis B., Garrett L., John David M., Mac M., and Alexander S.

Other teams finishing in the top ten, placing between 4th and 10th, were Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, two teams in Music Production, CAD 3D Engineering, Extemporaneous Presentation, two individuals in Photographic Technology, Career Preparation, Prepared Presentation, and Chapter Team. Abingdon High School won 4th Place in the Arvid W. VanDyke Outstanding High School Award, and Washington County won 7th Place in the Lynn P. Barrier Outstanding Division Award. Congratulations to these TSA students!

A teenaged female stands in a wooded area near the Appalachian Trail. KayCe W. makes the most of the region's outdoor opportunities.

Holston High School Sophomore KayCe W. maintains an active outdoor existence in different ways. She is a member of a volunteer trail cleanup club and is a semi-professional skateborder.

On the third weekend of May, KayCe traveled to North Carolina with Hardcore Hikers. They are a concerned trail group that helps maintain sections of the Appalachian Trail. At that location,she helped remove rocks and shrub growth from the trail. She also assisted with relocating small sections of the trail that had been eroded by winter weather. Her group did this in preparation for the increase in foot traffic that comes in the spring and summer months.

KayCe has also been a semi-professional skateboarder for years. Her talents have landed her sponsorship from companies that produce skateboards and related items. She receives discounts on skateboarding equipment from Lifeproof and RLB. Skateboarding companies High Rollin' and A3 sponsor her entry into competitions. She most recently earned a 3rd place finish at the High Ollie Contest In Kingsport in January 2014. Decal maker Mantis United has signed on to sponsor her in future events.

HHS recognizes KayCe's work and accomplishments.

Young lady stands in front of plain wall wearing FFA jacket. Michaela L. receives outstanding DEKALB award based on her many accomplishments in FFA programs and various awards received.

Michaela L., FFA(Future Farmers of America) member at Abingdon High School, was recently presented the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company. Michaela received the award for excellence in academics, leadership, and agricultural work experience. Michaela’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included being the highest individual overall for the State Agricultural Sales contest as well as being a member of the first place team; being named the Appalachian Area Star in Agricultural Placement; winning a state proficiency award in the area of Specialty Crop Production; serving as reporter, vice president, and president of the Abingdon FFA; serving as the Appalachian Area vice president; volunteering on numerous committees; and competing in many different FFA career development events on the federation, area, state, and national levels. Mindy McCroskey and Phillip McCroskey, Jr. are the AHS FFA sponsors.

This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 67th anniversary. Over these 67 years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award, which has become a symbol for excellence and a prestigious agricultural honor. Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H, and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

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