Freezing cold, bundled up, the NOLA teenagers embark on a great journey


New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy Students Take on a Big Mission

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — In a classroom of New Orleans children, homework feels like big homework.

WGNO Good Morning New Orleans features reporter Bill Wood wants to know, “how do you measure?”

Austin Kuhn, a 15-year-old ninth grader, says, “It’s like 100 feet, twenty of me stacked on top of each other.”

Bill Wood says, “That’s a lot of you.”

Austin Kuhn says, “Yeah, I don’t think I could handle that much of me.”

From the New Orleans military and maritime academy, NOMMA, twenty students left Louisiana to set sail.

They traveled from Mobile, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida.

For a week, their school crossed the Gulf of Mexico.

Aboard one of America’s tall ships.

Josiyah Charles, a 16-year-old tenth grader, says, “It’s been a nice experience, getting out of the classroom for a change, doing something different. »

Since the 1970s, children across America have learned the ropes of life by taking a trip on a tall ship.

Sail away with confidence and courage after a fantastic vacation trip, but not exactly spring break on the beach.

Bill Wood remarks, “some of you bundled up, what was the weather like there?”

Maggie-Claire Watson, 15, another tenth grader, said: “It was raining and the boat was tilting from side to side, we had to wear these harnesses to tie up.”

Bill Wood asks, “how cold was it?”

Maggie-Claire Watson says: “it was very cold, you had to wear blankets and jackets”.

Bill Wood asks, “did you just want to go home?”

Maggie-Claire says, “we just wanted to warm up.”

Louisiana teenagers learn to be leaders.

Receive a lesson in bravery, strength and grace.

At the wheel, I came home with a very big story to tell.


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