By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
Recruiters from the Georgia National Guard visited Morgan County High School (MCHS) with a rock climbing wall for a special physical training session for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on Apr. 11. “We like to encourage physical activity and the kids just love to climb the rock wall,” said Neal Andreson, a recruiter for the Georgia National Guard. MCHS students lined up to climb the massive rock wall on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Some scurried up the wall swiftly, while others took their time climbing their way to the top.
Some of the students started racing to see who could reach the top first. Students on the ground cheered for their friends and laughed whenever a climber would swing back down to the ground. “It looks like everyone is having a good time,” said Anderson. The students had mixed feelings about the experience. “I was scared being all the way up there,” said Chandler Smith, 18, a senior at MCHS. “But it was worth it,” she added.
“It was a lot of fun, there’s nothing to be scared of if you have some upper body strength,” joked Jonny Hendrix, 18, a MCHS senior. The Georgia National Guard is comprised of Georgia Army National Guard and the Georgia Air National Guard, and serves in both federal and state missions. “We hope we encourage these kids to join in the work we do,” said Andreson.