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