The Smith-Cotton JROTC Tiger Battalion traveled April 11 to the Wentworth Military Academy to rappel from a tower.

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Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry Cunningham said rappelling builds leaders by having them face their fears.

."It leaves cadets feeling accomplished, as if they can do anything," he said. "The experience can be scary, but the cadets enjoyed rappelling nonetheless."

Cadet Cristal Lopez, a senior in the program, said: “Going down the tower, I felt confident. I had overcome my fear of heights and this experience was easy and fun. It’s a great way for cadets to strengthen their own confidence and believe in themselves. Also, going rappelling allowed us to branch out from ourselves and talk to new people. It truly was a great day."

The Smith-Cotton JROTC Program thanks Wentworth Military Academy and Sedalia School District 200 for allowing cadets to participate in this experiential learning event.

In the photo: Smith-Cotton JROTC cadets Kayla Archambault, left, and Margarita Antonova rappel from a tower April 11 at Wentworth Military Academy.