Rites of spring: Maryland National Guard sets up rock wall in LHS parking lot

by Lancer Media Staff

On Wednesday, March 12th, NJROTC cadets had the opportunity to climb a rock wall during their classes. The rock wall was brought in by National Guard members and made a short presentation about military careers. After a talk on safety, the cadets were helped into harnesses and proceeded to climb the wall. They had the opportunity to choose between three walls, each with a different level of difficulty. Everyone in the class, even Commander Lane, attempted to climb one of the walls. Lancer Media reporters Samantha Buckman, Kristina Baskin, Isabella Marcellino, Jack Rammling, and Julia Peigh climbed, too.

Sgt. Jonathan Pezold said that the National Guard does a lot of public relations activities, like bringing the rock walls to schools.  Students in the NJROTC had already met Pezold and others at the NJROTC field trip to the National Guard armory. Pezold worked at the Frederick Fair for recruiting, where student Katie George had the opportunity to talk to him. The National Guard does do more than just rock walls and school visits, however. Sgt. Pezold spoke of the Guard’s mobilization during the recent snowstorms, to aid during the snow emergency.