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Education News Archive - December 20, 2005

By Tim Elfrink With his closely cropped hair and sharply pressed ceremonial uniform hung with a red-white-and-blue medal, Brent Kraay looks the part of a decorated Army officer. He's only 17. But the senior JROTC student at North High hopes that one day he won't just resemble a soldier.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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