Thomson holds Zumba, fitness class in effort to win national award

awoolen@macon.comNovember 20, 2013 

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Thomson Middle School student Hamilton Mason celebrates his win in the CrossFit challenge Friday at the school. His partner was Chandler Bacon.

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CENTERVILLE -- Students danced Zumba and practiced CrossFit in an effort to earn FCCLA’s national award for the Student Body project, which is designed to keep children healthy.

Fitness was the main objective during Thomson Middle School’s CrossFit and Zumba class Friday. The Student Body project award is part of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s Student Body program, which uses peer education to help young people learn “to eat right, be fit and make healthy choices,” according to the FCCLA website. The middle school winner will be awarded $1,000.

The school must submit paperwork and photos of the fitness program in order to be eligible.

Leigh Cape, FCCLA adviser at Thomson Middle, said the rush week was part of a membership drive for FCCLA. Forty-four sixth- through eighth-graders participated in the dance moves, push-ups, jump rope exercises and sit-ups.

Prizes were given to the most enthusiastic boy and girl during Zumba and the fastest time for CrossFit.

The Zumba portion of the hour-long fitness project was hosted by Chasity Simmons, an eighth-grade language arts teacher who also teaches the dance at Edge Fitness.

CrossFit WarTown in Warner Robins brought instructor Matt Morris and his wife, Stephanie Willis-Morris, to lead students through their 20 burpees, 30 push-ups and 40 jump rope rotations.

The team of Chandler Bacon and Hamilton Mason was the winner of the CrossFit challenge after a tiebreaker of more exercise moves.

The project was open to the whole school, but most of the participants were FCCLA members, Cape said.

Most of the student were enthusiastic about learning new moves.

Some students stayed in the back and watched others dance.

Nicholas Ramirez won the prize for being the best boy Zumba dancer.

Danielle Gibson, 13, had previously participated in Zumba classes and won the prize Friday for her dance moves. She was in the front of the class helping teach other students the steps.

“The burpees were the only thing that was hard,” said the seventh-grader.

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