About 50 middleschoolers gathered on the bleaches to witness an awesome show-of-force put on by the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Programs, which centered on the deployment of a Blackhawk chopper. The pilot crew encouraged the assembled humans to pursue a successful life, which includes staying in school, submitting their selves to community, and not wondering what the hell a piece of military equipment has to do with leading a successful life.
Most students were thrilled to take part in the militaristic ceremony.
From the Strib:
As eighth-grade friends Vashti Mohabir and Guadalupe Estrada watched the helicopter land, they were eager for what was to come.
"I was happy to go to school," Mohabir said. Added Estrada: "For the first time."