Challenges By Choice Unite Freshman Class


Students in Mount Markham’s Class of 2025 became better acquainted as they spent a day in the trees.


Fifty-four of this year’s 76 students in the freshman class elected to participate in an Orientation Day last month. Students took a bus ride and then boat ride to reach Camp Huntington on Raquette Lake to use the High Ropes Course and other challenges at the camp owned by SUNY Cortland.


English teacher Dan Mosny led the group of students and teacher mentors this fall after having to skip the program last year following the first year of it in 2019. It’s a smaller version of the three days Mosny does in June with the graduating senior class at Mount Markham, a program in place since 2013.


“One of the things the seniors said was they wished they had been able to do it sooner,’’ Mosny said. “So we incorporated a freshman orientation when they come to the High School.


To prepare for the day at Raquette Lake, Mosny led students through a Low Ropes Course on school grounds. Students worked in teams to complete the course; Mosny also reviewed how the day up north would work.


Nicholas Sanzo signed up because his older brother recommended it after doing it…



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