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Christmas celebrations will be different this year due to the pandemic, but even with restrictions in place communities in and around Mecklenburg County are finding new ways to keep the…

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Stellar performers

A Halifax County High School team took part in the Department of Energy's "Real World Design Challenge." / February 27, 2009
In 2008, the United States Department of Energy created a "Real World Design Challenge" (RWDC) to provide high school students the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. On Oct. 1, the "Governor's Cup State Level Challenge" of the RWDC for Virginia was announced.

Student teams were asked to design wings for a twin-engine corporate jet that minimized fuel consumption while meeting or exceeding specific flight characteristics of stall and cruise speeds. The Halifax County High School RWDC team comprised of Cottey Chappell, Adam Prevette, Sarah Rosche, and Timothy Smith Jr. utilized professional quality computer-aided design software and computer simulations to evaluate different configurations and wing characteristics.

On Feb. 2, a final presentation was submitted that convincingly demonstrated the value of their solutions and defended the final wing size and shape. It was announced on Feb. 23, that the Halifax County High School RWDC team placed third in the state. The teacher-coaches and mentors for the RWDC team were Joe Boutwell, Jennifer Crews, Ricky Gordon, and Ernest Vass located at the STEM Academy.

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