Westside ROTC Program Takes Flight

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Students at Westside Consolidated School District are in their second year of their JROTC program.

On Wednesday they did something many of the kids have never done before when they were taken up in airplanes to see what their city looks like from the sky.

"I was a little bit scared.  I didn't know if I was going to be able to do it or not.  My hands were shaking before I got here," said Branden Wood.

Branden Wood is one of 42 students taking to the skies.

"This is the first time I flew and I was scared to death.  It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  It was good and it was fun," said Ashley Hurt.

"It makes your adrenaline rush.  If you've never felt it before it's really exciting," said Amelia Kendrick.

As part of their education for the program the students are taking flight and putting what they've learned to good use.

"We get to do a lot of things that you normally wouldn't get to do," said Kendrick.

"It teaches you stuff, but it teaches you stuff in a fun way and it's not just work.  You actually get to be involved," said Hurt.

The Westside JROTC program is an Air Force program and it's one of three like it in Region 8.  For these kids that are getting to go up and fly it makes the experience even better.

"Once you seize an opportunity like that you've just got to do it," said Wood.

All of the students will take this experience back to the classroom and maybe more kids will join and get to go up and experience that feeling.

"From now on, every year for this program Colonel Tanner will try to fly with these kids and it will be a great experience for most of them," said Ben Green.