HEAVY METAL: Sparks fly in KHS ag shop

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It’s seventh period and in the KHS ag shop sparks are flying. Students are learning how to weld and use a cutting torch as they build various metal projects.

There are many benefits from being in an ag class in high school. It helps a student learn welding, and using tools. It can be good for students because after completing the course they will have these new abilities. 

Ag teachers Jonathan Deaton and Patrick Hartley teach students the proper way of working in the shop, this includes in shop safety and the right way to use tools, what to do with chemicals and how to properly dispose of them, and what to do in case of a fire.

Diego Escobedo hard at work on a smoker project.

Diego Escobedo hard at work on a smoker project.

Students have learned how to stick weld and mig (wire) weld and learned how to use the torch to cut.

“This year our top projects are a couple of smokers and a trailer,” Deaton said. “The goal is to build them and get them ready in time for the county show and a couple of more shows.”

This year, Hernesto Yanez is building a trailer and the Moore brothers Matt and Casey are building a smoker. Other class projects include firewood racks and deer stands.

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HEAVY METAL: Sparks fly in KHS ag shop