U.S. Secretary of Education and mad B-Ball skillz-haver Arne Duncan shot some solid props to the Granite Falls High School "ShopGirls" this week. Finally! Someone notices Granite Falls for something other than piles of dead animals and rogue police chiefs.
At a speech on Feb. 2 having to do with a recent Harvard study, Duncan talked about how career and technical programs like shop classes are crucial to the future, saying, according to the school district, that an example of such:
"Comes from Washington State, where the Granite Falls High School ShopGirls built homemade cars focused on fuel-efficient designs. They designed a diesel-powered vehicle that got a staggering 470 miles to the gallon. They called their car the 'Iron Maiden.' You won't be surprised to hear that the Iron Maiden won the diesel fuel design competition--and the cash award that went with it."
Yeah, Iron Maiden!
The news is currently the pride the of the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
And before that it's typically been when Mayor Haroon Saleem gets furious with Police Chief Tony Domish for being a prick who never listens to him--like, say, the time Domish got suspended from his job, but used his time off to orchestrate a drug bust that nailed Haroon's old buddy in front of a bunch of tipped-off news reporters.
But really, it's a wonderful place. We hear their shop classes are amazing.