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HCS fosters physical fitness

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Lakewood Elementary students are this year's overall winners

By Kelly Cantrall

Elementary students across Hardin County Schools put their fitness skills to the test Wednesday.

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The annual Physical Fitness Test for elementary school students in Hardin County Schools was at John Hardin High School. Teams from the schools participated in a variety of activities, such as long jump and situps. The overall winner this year was Lakewood Elementary School.

This year’s event was coordinated by John Hardin JROTC. While helping elementary students, the event also served as leadership development for high school students, said Teresa Morgan, director of elementary curriculum and instruction.

Students are selected by physical education instructors to represent their schools. At Woodland Elementary School, students competed in their own fitness test to earn a spot on the team, teacher Dawn Frazier said. The students were thrilled when they were selected.

“Their faces just lit up,”she said. “You would have thought they won the lottery or something.”

Justin Maddock, a P.E. teacher at New Highland Elementary School, said students know it’s a privilege and reward to participate.

“They enjoy it. They look forward to it,”Maddock said.

New Highland fifth-grader Alexis Witherspoon has participated every year since preschool. She loves the competitive aspect of the event.

“I just like seeing if I can push myself,”Witherspoon said.

Woodland fourth-grader Ivoree Sullenbarger enjoys the camaraderie of the event.

“I just really like seeing everyone compete and everyone trying their best and cheering on everyone,”she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenteprise.com.