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Eighth graders travel through Maze of Life

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Students went through an obstacle course to realize the struggles of being a teen parent. (Submitted Photo)

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About 1,000 eighth graders from throughout Chaves County participated in the Maze of Life held in the ENMU-Roswell PE Center Feb. 18-20.

Above, students put on specialized goggles that distorted their vision to simulate the effects of drinking. (Submitted Photo)

The annual event is coordinated with the New Mexico Department of Health, Chaves County Health Council, Chaves County DWI Prevention and Education Coalition, and many other community organizations.

ENMU-Roswell Automotive Technology students demonstrated equipment and talked to students about careers in the industry. (Submitted Photo)

The Maze of Life is designed to increase their knowledge of health, education and future career opportunities. Students took part in various hands-on activities and learned how to make important life choices and decisions. Booths were set up by numerous organizations and businesses on topics like smoking/vaping hazards, suicide and pregnancy prevention, and the consequences of drinking and driving. Students also learned about health, career/technical and other academic programs at ENMU-Roswell.

The health department conducts a full model index on data collected in classrooms prior to student participation in the Maze of Life and after students return to their classrooms.

It takes a large group of coordinators to make the Maze of Life happen. (Submitted Photo)

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