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Marion Senior High School students practice tire changing skills.

Marion Senior High Students Get Hands-on Practice in Tire Changing

Students in Emily Parsons' senior FACS (Family & Consumer Sciences) class at Marion Senior High School received valuable hands-on instruction in an often overlooked skill: how to change a car's tire in an emergency. The students practiced on the school's driver education vehicle.


Group photo of 2018 Smyth Career and Technology Center Skills USA participants.

35 Smyth Career & Technology Students Place in SkillsUSA Contests

Thirty-five students from the Smyth Career & Technology Center placed first, second, or third in the SkillsUSA Region 8 competitions: 17 firsts, 11 seconds, and 7 thirds. SkillsUSA is a nationwide competition for students in career and technical fields.

ContestFirst PlaceSecond PlaceThird Place
Auto Maintenance Garland Anderson 
Auto Service TechnologyDalton Heath  
Automotive Refinishing TechnologyColton Farley  
CNC Milling SpecialistJake Anderson  
Commercial BakingKara Ratcliffe  
Cosmetology Chelsey Heath 
Cosmetology Post GradVirginia Joines  
Crime Scene Investigation Tatum Woods, Lindsey Orr, Destiny Mills 
Criminal JusticeZachary Sheets Trey Cornett
Culinary Arts Katelyn Blevins
Electrical Construction WiringDylan GobbleHunter OrrAlex Widener
Electronics TechnologyTrey Dexter  
Food PreparationSydney LeeBradley Gentry 
Industrial Motor ControlMatt HuttonLuke CombsTanner Smith
Job Skills Demonstration A Post GradAlexis Pennington  
Job Skills Demonstration OpenAlexis Evans  
Nail Care Technology Post GradKenzie Blevins  
Occupational DisplayCaroline Davis, Megan Pearcey  
Precision Machine Technology  Benjamin Clark
Restaurant Food ServiceKatelyn BlevinsAllison HessCharles Mullins
Telecommunication CablingMarcus CarterTyler SmithColton Doane
Welding  Myles Kimberlin

Group photo of 2018 Smyth County Schools spelling bee winners.

Northwood Middle School Student Wins 2018 County Spelling Bee

Smyth County Public Schools' 38th County Spelling Bee was held Feb. 6 at Northwood Middle School. The ten individual champions from each elementary and middle school competed for the County Spelling Bee Championship. Going eleven rounds and winning with the word tempestuous, Caroline Hayden (third from right in the photo) of Northwood Middle School became the 2018 Smyth County Spelling Bee champion. The alternate is Parker White of Oak Point Elementary School. Other school champions are: Atkins Elementary School: Travis Blouin; Chilhowie Elementary School: Olivia Gentry; Chilhowie Middle School: Cody Brogan; Marion Elementary School: Connor Barr; Marion Middle School: Shinji Leonard; Rich Valley Elementary School: Eli Williams; Saltville Elementary School: Lacey Crusenberry; and Sugar Grove Elementary School: Bryson Medley.

John Graham was this year's pronouncer. Judges were Lynn M. White, Nanine Woodward, and Sue Tilson. NMS Principal Mariann Blevins and the faculty and staff of her school hosted the Spelling Bee and provided refreshments for the spelling bee participants and their families.


Group photo of Marion Senior High and Northwood High/Northwood Middle computer science teams.

Marion, Northwood Compete in Smyth County Computer Science Bowl

Students from Marion Senior High and Northwood High/Northwood Middle Schools competed in the first ever Smyth County Computer Science Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2. The two teams competed in coding and robotics events. Northwood High/Northwood Middle won the coding event and Marion Senior High won the robotics event. NHS/NMS was the overall winner. The competition was funded with an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The competition's goals were to encourage students to consider STEM careers and develop their computer science and problem solving skills. During the competition, they were given two hours to solve 10 coding problems. They also built their robots from scratch, using 3D-printed parts and the Arduino microcontroller platform. Pictured, l-r, are Ethan Surber, NMS; Matthew Hutton, NHS; Caleb Johnson, NMS; Tyler Widener, MSHS; Ethan Blevins, MSHS; Katelyn Collett, MSHS; Delaney Bumgarner, NMS; Ema Haga, NMS; and Vincent Gullion, MSHS.

The Computer Science Bowl will return in Spring 2018 with a cybersecurity event and a robotics event that will feature the competitors building a Segway clone.


Photo of Northwood Middle School LEGO First Robotics team.

Northwood Middle Team Excels in Regional Lego Robotics Tournament

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center hosted the 9th annual Lego Robotics Tournament for Southwest Virginia on November 11, 2017. There were 30 teams that participated, 15 in Division I (8 to 11 year olds) and 15 in Division II (12 to 14). Each year Lego Robotics presents the teams with a real-world problem and the teams have to come up with an innovative solution, program a robot and complete robot missions centered around the problem, and work on the Core Values with their teammates and members of their community. This year the challenge was on the human water cycle. Northwood Middle School had a team of six, the Aquifer Irrigators, that participated in Division II of the tournament. They placed third in the robot challenge and won the Overall Judges Award for their project on alternative irrigation. Pictured left to right: Gus Vencill, Clayton Buchanan, Hannah Wilson, Ethan Surber, Gage Foran, and Reid Collins.

Class of 2018 Graduation Dates

The Smyth County School Board has set graduation dates for the Class of 2018:

Program or SchoolDate/TimeLocation
Alternative Education6:00 pm May 10Chilhowie High School
Nursing6:00 pm May 19Chilhowie High School
Smyth Career & Technology Center6:00 pm May 22Chilhowie High School
Northwood High School7:00 pm May 24Northwood High School
Chilhowie High School6:00 pm May 25Chilhowie High School
Marion Senior High School8:00 pm May 25Marion Senior High School

Smyth Schools Launch Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Strive for 5 logo

Smyth County Public Schools have launched the Strive for 5 campaign to reduce the number of students who are chronically absent. Details…

Smyth County's 2018-2019 School Year Will Begin Aug. 9, 2018

The Smyth County School Board set Aug. 9, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year, when it adopted the 2018-2019 calendar at its Feb. 12th meeting. More details…

PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, Parent Portal Now Available on New Server

PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, and Parent Portal are now available on a new server: