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FCHS students team up to tackle obstacle course

Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell | December 10, 2018

  • Jodi Camp Fort Campbell Courier


Army Challenge 1

Fort Campbell High School seniors, Deaven Schoolcraft (left), Katie Guevara-Maldonado and Monroe Thomas worked with FCHS junior Charles Mossgrove, on the plank challenge where teams have to use only two planks to get across the course of the U.S. Army Challenge obstacle course Monday in the FCHS gym.

  • Jodi Camp Fort Campbell Courier


Army Challenge 2

Matthew Middleton, a Fort Campbell High School junior, makes his way across the peg board challenge, Monday, at the FCHS gym for the U.S. Army Challenge as a volunteer removes the pegs he touched.

  • Jodi Camp Fort Campbell Courier


Army Challenge 3

Nitzay Arizarry-Rivera, a Fort Campbell High School sophomore, and Monroe Thomas, a senior, work with their team on the ball balance part of the obstacle, which requires placing a ball on a post for the U.S. Army Challenge, Monday in the FCHS gym.

  • Jodi Camp Fort Campbell Courier

For the second year in a row, Fort Campbell High School students teamed up for the U.S. Army Challenge, Monday in the FCHS gym during Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and physical education classes.

“[The Army Challenge] is for high schools to come out and learn how to work as a team throughout all the obstacles,” said Staff Sgt. Kristina Feller, Army recruiter assigned to FCHS. “A lot of these kids have never been forced to work with three or four random people to actually try to navigate an obstacle course as a team.”

Recruiters from Clarksville Recruiting Company were at the event to offer support to the students and answer any questions they had about joining the Army.

The Army Challenge provides recruiters the opportunity to show students “a different aspect of the Army,” Feller said. “It allows us to talk to the students in a more relaxed environment.”

Feller said the challenge is one of a number of events recruiters use to show students elements of Army life.

Stacy Daniels, senior counselor at FCHS, said the challenge is a national asset the Army has available to a certain number of schools every year and FCHS was fortunate enough to get a slot.

Students were divided into four-student teams. One member of each team did 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 burpees and 10 jumping jacks. The team then had to move a ball from one stool to another using only straps attached to a platform the ball rested on, creating a figure eight and without dropping th ball. Lastly, the entire team had to use only two planks to cross the last obstacle in the course.

The event had three additional challenges offered to the students including a pull-up challenge, a strategic stability challenge, in which students used medicine balls of various unknown weights to even out a board, followed by a peg board challenge in which teams crossed using only the pegs provided. Every team member had to cross and once pegs were used by a team member they were removed from the board, leaving less pegs for the next member.

One of the students participating, Deaven Schoolscraft, a junior at FCHS, said he enjoyed the obstacle course and the extra challenges the students could try.

Schoolscraft said the obstacle course was as difficult as he thought it would be, but the hardest obstacle was moving the ball from one stool to another without dropping it.

“I’m probably the shortest guy there and I had to lift both my hands up high,” he said.

Schoolscraft said his favorite challenge was strategic stability because it teaches the basic fundamentals of strategy.

FCHS senior Autumn Rucker’s team attempted the peg board challenge after completing the obstacle course challenge. Rucker was the last of her team to cross.

“It is hard when you are short and have tall people go before you because they take all the [pegs] you need to get across,” Rucker said.

The obstacle course challenge was fun, but stressful, she said. Rucker’s team just barely made it inside the two minute window to receive free T-shirts.

“[The Army Challenge] exposes students to teamwork and collaboration in a physical education environment,” Daniels said. “It allows them to see opportunities the Army might have for them.”

The Army Challenge shows students the Army is about teamwork, strategic planning and overcoming obstacles that are in the way, Feller said.

“A lot of times these kids think they cannot complete these obstacles,” she said. “Because it is a challenge it is going to show them that whatever obstacles are in their way they are going to be able to get past those obstacle.”

Prizes were awarded to teams that completed the obstacle course in two minutes or less, finished the peg board challenge with 25 or less pegs removed, competed the strategic stability challenge in three minutes and completed the pull-up challenge. Prizes included T-shirts, bags, hats and dog tags that the students could get engraved, Feller said.

Feller said Army recruiters also brought prizes, including a Bluetooth headset and a drone, the winners of which will be selected by drawing. The student winners will be announced today.

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