Ninth Graders Open Year with Trip to Unicoi State Park

Munnerlyn Campus ninth graders camped and hiked at Unicoi State Park in Georgia during the first week of school. The annual “9GOA” (Ninth Grade Orientation Adventure) trip strengthens class unity and provides incoming freshmen with the opportunity to get to know each other. Disconnected from electronics, the students learned interesting facts about plants, animals, and the environment through hikes and wilderness activities such as whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River. S’mores, campfires, and silly skits in the evenings were also enjoyed. Upperclassmen serve as counselors for the trip, gaining leadership experience. 

“They did things that seemed a bit dangerous; they tried things that they had never done before; and they made new friends. The yellow jackets on the five-mile hike, the bears lingering nearby, and the big drops on the Chattooga River made the trip seem a bit risky. However, the freshman loved it all, and many are eagerly waiting for the day that they can be counselors on a future Freshman Orientation Adventure,” said Marion Zeiner, Director of Scientific Research and trip leader.