Glas­gow High School stu­dents com­pete in U.S. Army Chal­lenge

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­pub.com

Through­out the school day Wed­nes­day, stu­dents at Glas­gow High School were up for a chal­lenge – a U.S. Army chal­lenge.

The U.S. Army High School Chal­lenge pro­gram tours the coun­try, con­nect­ing re­cruiters with high school stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors. Set up in the high school gym­na­sium, the chal­lenge had stu­dents uti­lize crit­i­cal think­ing skills to solve puz­zles, along with a phys­i­cal com­po­nent of com­plet­ing an ob­sta­cle course and also do­ing pull-ups, sit-ups, jump­ing jacks, push-ups and burpees.

“This helps our stu­dents to see re­ally what’s out there, some of the things that the army of­fers,” said Ma­jor Barry Hor­ton, an in­struc­tor for the Air Force Ju­nior ROTC pro­gram at Glas­gow. “It gets them to re­ally look at what they’re able to do.”

Jeremy Jeanne, ath­letic direc­tor at Glas­gow, said that it seemed like a nat­u­ral fit to bring the chal­lenge to the school for a day, as Glas­gow has an ROTC pro­gram.

“I felt like it was only right to just bring the U.S. Army here to sup­port the ROTC pro­gram that we have. And, sec­ond, I felt like maybe would be a good way to ex­pose our stu­dents to what your U.S. Army is all about,” he said.

Re­cruiters handed out dog tags and T-shirts and gave stu­dents in­for­ma­tion about the mil­i­tary.

While all of Hor­ton’s ROTC classes for the day stopped by, stu­dents from all over the school par­tic­i­pated, even if they have no in­ter­est in serv­ing.

“It was a fun chal­lenge,” fresh­man Taina Paige said. “Dif­fer­ent from my nor­mal day.”

The teenagers were split into groups of four for the main ob­sta­cle course and pit­ted against an­other group. Af­ter each stu­dent com­pleted a set of ex­er­cises, the teams raced each other to com­plete a large puz­zle ac­tiv­ity be­fore they could com­plete a small ob­sta­cle course.

Paige didn’t re­ally know the peo­ple she was grouped with, and the ex­pe­ri­ence taught her “just the qual­ity of team work and work­ing peo­ple peo­ple I don’t usu­ally work with,” she said.

Ju­nior David Ni­chols and sopho­more Jheeron Loper agreed that team­work was an im­por­tant com­po­nent that came out of the chal­lenge.

While Ni­chols said there was “more chem­istry” be­tween friends that worked to­gether, Loper said that his group still seemed to com­mu­ni­cate well to ac­com­plish the tasks.

Jeanne said he’d heard mostly pos­i­tive feed­back from the stu­dents and was glad to see the stu­dents take away what they did.

At the re­quest of the stu­dents, he even tried his hand at the chal­lenge, with his team com­ing out vic­to­ri­ous.

“I’m very happy that my ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ported this pro­gram,” he said. “I re­ally love the fact that, be­sides the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties that the stu­dents are go­ing through, it re­quires them to work to­gether, team­work, and this is the kind of thing that we’re try­ing to teach our kids in the class­room ever y day.”

NE­WARK POST PHO­TOS BY BROOKE SCHULTZ

Stu­dents watch as an Air Force Ju­nior ROTC cadet com­pletes pull-ups as part of the U.S. Army High School Chal­lenge on Wed­nes­day.

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