Craig County High School hosts week two's FFE Mornin' Pep Rally

CRAIG COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) Inside Mr. Boyer's computer technology class, Geoff Boyer yelled, "Julian, I need a sea turtle stat."

These kinds of requests aren't unusual.

"Mr. Foster wants every single Star Wars and Star Trek factor," he added.

The three guys in the class try their best to oblige.

"This program is called Tinkercad and it pretty much allows us to create whatever we want," Hunter Brizendime, a senior, said.

They're learning how 3-D printing works and taking orders from their fellow teachers and students.

"I get to create things for many different people, for people of all ages," Julian Meade said. "You know, from somebody wanting a skull to someone wanting a mermaid to anything they want, I'll create it. We'll make it."

The process starts on the computer.

"This can be moved," Brizendime demonstrated. "You can change and type whatever you want in there."

Then the designs are taken to the printer.

"We take a G-code from the computer and put it on a USB," Garrett Paitsel explained. "And then we stick it into the machine and it uses coordinates on the plane to map out where it wants to put this while it's melting out the filament. So it melts the sugarcane filament down wherever it needs to got to make the shape.

"And then it goes up tenths of a millimeter every layer until you get something like this," he said, holding up a 3D printed mermaid statue.

It might seem like they're just making random knickknacks, but Boyer said they're learning so much more.

"We're training kids for jobs that don't even exist yet and that's really cool," he said

"I believe that it's going to take us a lot places especially with prosthetic and the medical side of everything. It blows my mind. I could see myself pursuing this in the future," Meade said.

However for now, they'll stick to making mementos of their favorite high school memories.

One of the other things Craig County High School is proud of is how everyone works together and juggles many roles to make the high school experience the best they can for their students.

Geoff Boyer for example, doesn't just teach math and computer sciences. He's also the volleyball coach and the basketball and football announcer. Sometimes you can even catch him as rapper, spitting out rhymes in his classroom.

John Crenshaw, the history and government teacher, has been with Craig County High School 41 years.

"In a place like Craig County, you're sort of obliged to do what you can do," Crenshaw said. "As a matter of fact, I was the athletic director for a number of years."

WDBJ7's Katey Roshetko asked the school receptionist that is her official title was.

"Jack of all trades," Carrie Hutton laughed. "No, I'm just kidding. I'm the secretary and athletic coordinator. It's a crazy position because you never know what you're going to come into. One moment I'm answering the school phone then I'm answering my work phone."

"What makes us unique is that we wear many hats," principal Melissa Whiting said. "And we find what each different employee specializes in and we find a way to allow them to do what they love."

"When I first started here, I got hired as a special ed teacher and I got hired as the basketball coach," CJ Crowder, who also is a graduate of CCHS, said. "I've also done drivers ed behind the wheel."

"We're like a family," superintendent Jeanette Warwick said. "Everybody works together, pitches in. Even though we all have a lot of things on our plates, everybody works together for what's best for our kids."

"We all just chip in and work for everything," Whiting said. "It's a labor of love is what it is. We truly love our students."

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