CLARENCE — North Cedar High School had a special visitor last month.
The National Guard came to run Mark Norton’s physical education classes through an obstacle course. The course consisted of five burpees, making a free throw, one blow up obstacle and tagging a teammate.
The students started out tired in the morning classes, but became ecstatic when they found out the fastest person who could get through the course would win a T-shirt. Everyone who participated in the course got a water bottle.
The guardsmen really pushed the students. They were very encouraging and made the students feel like they could do anything on that course.
“I really, really enjoyed the course,” junior Carly Crossen said. “The people running it were very encouraging and made it more fun.”
Crossen had one of the fastest times for the course first hour.
The National Guard doesn’t do this program just for North Cedar though. Before they were here they were at Mount Vernon’s High School. They are trying to reach out to smaller schools and are doing a lot of programs in schools in the bigger cities, too, like Iowa City High and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Some of the PE students were definitely weary when they saw that the National Guard was there and heard they were running their class.
“I was definitely doubtful when I saw the course,” sophomore Taylor Tenly said. “I figured it would be a lot harder than it was but I’m glad I did it.”
Tenley is in Norton’s third period PE.
The favorite part of the course, most agreed, was the slide at the end of the course.