Teens Taste Army Life

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Saturday, October 30 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Saturday, October 30, 2010 9:15:49 PM CDT October 30, 2010 in News

MEXICO - High school students across the Midwest had the oppertunity to build life skills on Saturday. Nine high school teams from Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin competed to see who could complete seven simulated army exercises the fastest at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico on Saturday.

The teams faced multiple challenges including rope climbs, obstacle courses and simulated grenade throws.

"It's not like they train to be a defensive lineman for football or a guard for baskettball, there's a wide gamet of things they do," First Sergeant Randal Jacobson said.

All of the high school students have played basetball, baseball or even football, and yet none of them think those sports are as tough or competive as the events they participated in.

"I think this is the hardest sport or event you could possibly do. I mean football and basketball, they have their games, but ours is pretty more competitive. We do a lot more stuff," Clinton freshman James Saulters said.

The top three teams won trophys. Two Waynesville teams took first and second, while St. John's Military Academy from Wisconsin finished third.

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