Archive | April, 2016

No Need to Be Scared When You’re Prepared

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

Taken from the American Red Cross website.

by Dalton Lafferty, Technology Manager

The Wayne Chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting a spring blood drive on Thursday, April 28th. Throughout the school year the Athletic Department hosts both a fall and winter blood drive. Student safety throughout the donation process is a priority to WHS staff.

To be eligible to donate, students must be at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds. If a donor is sixteen, they need written parental permission. Donors seventeen and older, however, do not.

Many students felt the side-effects from donating in the winter, and WHS wants to remind students of the following precautions to take before donating:

  • Do not give blood on an empty stomach.
  • Eat plenty both the day before you donate and the day you donate.
  • Stay hydrated, as you are giving a pint of blood. Within twenty four hours your body will replace the lost fluids, but you can speed up the process by taking in plenty of fluids the day before, the day of, and the day after your donation.
  • Do not perform any extraneous activity until 12 hours after your donation, and wait 24 hours to resume your normal physical activities.
  • Look at http://www.redcrossblood.org/print/donating-blood/tips-successful-donation for more tips on a successful donation.

When you first go to donate, you will fill out a registration form. After this, you will complete a health questionnaire in complete privacy. This ensures you are able to donate and have not been exposed to any illness that may be spread through blood. Next, a technician will check your blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron content to make sure they are healthy enough for you to be able to donate that day. While donating, you will be seated. They will take blood using a needle near the bend of your arm (the other side of your elbow). A whole blood donation takes approximately 10 minutes. If you are giving blood using automated blood collection technology, your donation may take from 25 to 120 minutes, depending on what you are giving. While donating, you may politely ask the technician to recline your chair. Tell the technician if you begin to feel dizzy, excessively hot, or cold. They will do everything they can to make you comfortable. Accept any beverage they offer you, because the drink will make you feel better. After your donation, sit and rest. Be sure to stay until you feel well enough to go about the rest of your day. Follow any post-donation instructions the technicians give you. If you find you are unable to donate that day, don’t be discouraged. Remember, there is no need to be scared when you are prepared!

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GIANTS on the Right Track

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The track before the races have started. Submitted By: Hunter Painter, Freshman

By: Avery Paiste, Reporter

The track team this year has a new person in the head coach position. A coach who wasn’t alone in the Head Coach position last year. This year is just him, and the runners seem to think he’s doing a pretty good job at it.

The team is doing well itself; they had runner up in most meets this year and have some returning talent in addition to the new Runners & Throwers

Justice Allen, a junior on the team said that Coach Freeman is “handling it well” and “really wants everyone to improve and become skilled in their events.”

Allen went on to say “We have a bright future as our team is very young and still performs well and scores points, as well as the veterans score high at these meets.” Last year the team had many runners compete at the conference and state level. Making it to that point is a very big in a runner’s career and the team has runners with potential to make it to that level.

One of the groups that made it far last year was the men’s 4×100 meter relay. Two of the four on that relay graduated last year but two are now seniors. Only one returned to run this year.

With this loss the team looks a little different from last year. Allen said “It’s very different, as we have lost lots of very experienced seniors who would carry the team to score points, it is a challenge to fill in certain events and score highly in them.” This hasn’t limited the giants though. The team is doing well this year and they plan to continue to be a strong force in the sport.

 

This year there are many new runners on the team. One of them, Hunter Painter, freshman, said, “I joined track so that I could stay in shape for football, my primary sport”. Painter went on to say that track was now growing on him and he expects to return for many more years. Painter is one of the nine freshmen on the Men’s team and the Women’s team added two freshman this year.

With all of these new runners the team will have depth for many years to come. There are freshman in all of the events that track has to offer. The Team can look forward to many more years of a full roster.

Some athletes may be doing track to stay in shape and it may be a primary sport for some, no matter the difference all the athletes have one thing in common. They are very excited for the rest of the season to see how they will perform next year. Keep your eyes peeled ladies and gentlemen, the Waynesboro Varsity Track and Field team may be producing some stars in the near future.

 

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Field Trip to Blue Ridge

WHS took 100 students to the Career Fair on Apr. 19. that was sponsored by VDOT & BRCC.

Mrs.Wood : Students learned about careers in the transportation field that include accountants, estimators, business managers, welders, environmental scientists, chemists, civil engineers, geologists, marketing professionals, human resource officers, machine operators, diesel mechanics, linemen and many others.  They completed a Career Fair Scavenger Hunt which required them engage with the presenters.  Our Waynesboro students represented our school very well, by asking great questions and presenting themselves in such a positive way.
Particularly careers in the trades will see a huge demand over the next 10 years as a massive number of the folks now in these jobs retire.  It is really important that students understand the choices available to them that they may not know about through the usual avenues of their parents, teachers and television.  Going to fairs like this one and talking to the people who do the jobs, or hire the people that do the jobs, can open new options.
Next Wednesday, we will be hosting a Skilled Trades Career Fair here at Waynesboro from 12:30-3:20 PM.  The afternoon CTE students will be attending, although any teachers are welcome to bring classes.

http://www.nbc29.com/story/31764877/vdot-holds-career-fair-ahead-of-upcoming-retirements

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