VHS Ninja Obstacle Course

VHS Ninja Obstacle Course
Posted on 05/03/2022
obstacle courseStudents at Valencia High School can now test their strength, agility, and coordination with the school’s new ninja obstacle course. From slanted steps, a webbed-rope ladder, to gymnastic rings and a pegboard wall, the state-of-the-art equipment is now available for students and staff at VHS.

“It’s tough!” exclaimed one student, who attempted the course this week at the grand opening. The pegboard wall proved difficult as he tried to make his way through the outdoor gym.

Albert Aragon, the principal at VHS, said the course has created quite the buzz around campus. It is not only the students, but also teachers and staff members, who are getting in on the action. In fact, Los Lunas Schools Superintendent Dr. Arsenio Romero and School Resource Officer Robert Ferreyra attempted the course at the grand opening.

“They are excited. You can hear them talking about it,” said Mr. Aragon. “We’ve had some teachers come out here and try the course and say ‘Holy smokes! I went out there and it’s hard!’ So it’s really drummed up a lot of excitement around here.”

Ninja courses have become extremely popular, especially because of the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior”, a contest in which competitors attempt to complete a series of obstacle courses with the hopes of winning a $1,000,000 cash prize.

Mr. Aragon said the course will used in a variety of ways, not just for physical education classes.

“It’s another option to keep kids active at school,” he explained. “It’s great for JROTC. They hold the Raider Challenge and those kinds of events so it’s great. It’s great for our wrestlers.”

The outdoor gym has also created a conversation starter between students and teachers.

“It’s interesting because we have seen some kids who are not athletes, but who are really athletic and then you see them out here using the course and it opens up the conversation to ask them ‘Why are you not playing football or basketball?’” he said. “It really has helped them to see their potential or a potential they didn’t even know they had. It helps them to see themselves differently, even boost their confidence.”

Mr. Aragon stated he would like to add a board to detail the date and name of those who complete the obstacle course.
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