By Elizabeth Lanier
The class of 2020 at Morgan County High School (MCHS) participated in the fourth annual Teen Maze last Friday. The Teen Maze is an event that provides real-life scenarios to teach the students the consequences of their actions. The freshman class was divided into smaller groups, making it easier for everyone to get the full effect of the maze. The simulation kicked off with a party scene where the students were escorted into a dark room with party music. The students occupied themselves with dancing and fake beer pong until the party was over. The students were led out onto the front lawn of the Freshman Academy only to see a crash scene. The scene displayed bloodied and bruised teens that had just come from the same party the students were at. The teens acting in the car crash were Brant Kiepper, Josh Talevski, Regan Reilly, and Michala Bryant. Glenn Tolbert played a witnessed who called the police. Soon after, the police showed up to help the teens and arrest students in the crowd that were at the party drinking.
As soon as the crash scene was cleared up, the students were escorted into the gym where they picked cards that determined what kind of life they would have. Some cards led students to “becoming a parent” while some led them to jail. The goal of the maze was to graduate from high school. After graduation, the students headed back to the Freshman Academy where they went to counseling to discuss their decisions, consequences, and life. Tolbert, who went through the Teen Maze as a freshman and came back to help out describes what he learned and what he hopes other will learn from the event, “I learned that all the choices you make have consequences and the consequences can either be positive or negative. The Teen Maze helps to bring into perspective how negative choices affect students, their families, their friends, and their community. I want students to come to the realization that their life is connected with those around them and that they should live their lives so they can become a positive beacon for the ones around them who are lost in confusion or frustration. It takes a One Morgan effort to bring about positive change and it can all start with them,” said Tolbert.
Shannon Cagle, one of the coordinators of this event thinks the Teen Maze is extremely important for students to participate in. “My hope is at the end of maze day, the students have not only been educated on how peer pressure and quick decisions can impact their life, but also how their choices and consequences can impact others. We may never truly know the impact of the maze, but if it makes a difference in one student deciding to put on their seatbelt, deciding not to text and drive or drink and drive, deciding not to have sex or to do drugs, IT IS ALL WORTH IT!” explained Cagle.