Smyrna-Clayton Sun-TimesThe course features 27 separate obstacles spread over four lanes, each 200 feet in length, including a 20-foot high rope climb. The cost, over $27,000, was raised through a 30-day crowd-funding effort which included 160 individual and local business donors.On Friday, May 26 at 12:45 p.m., First State Military Academy in Clayton will hold the grand opening of the academy’s new, state-of-the-art Marine Corps obstacle course.This course is unique and the first of its kind in the Delmarva region to be built on a high school campus. The construction cost, over $27,000, was raised through a 30-day crowd-funding effort which included 160 individual and local business donors.The course features 27 separate obstacles spread over four lanes, each 200 feet in length, including a 20-foot high rope climb.Col Bob Wallace, the school’s Senior Marine Instructor, said, “This ‘O Course’ will be an important part of the school’s MC JROTC leadership and character development program. It will test our cadets’ physical agility, stamina, and courage to an entirely new level.”C. Scott Kidner, FSMA Board Chair, said, “From the start of this mission, we have strived to create a school that is unique, challenging, but also fun. The addition of our obstacle course on our campus will bring all these elements together in one place.”Wallace and Kidner said the cadets and staff of First State Military Academy extend their deepest appreciation to the volunteers and donors for their generous contributions.About First State Military AcademyFirst State Military Academy, a public charter school, opened its doors in August 2015. The academy combines a Marine Corp Junior ROTC program with the New Tech Network project-based instructional design.The academy provides a structured learning environment and a strong culture of academic rigor, military discipline, citizenship, and leadership, along with the application of strong moral values. High academic expectations are set for all students and teachers, developing a strong school culture. The purpose is to give the cadets the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive in post-secondary education, work, and civic life.
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