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This week, educators from across the south are stepping into the shoes of a United States Marine recruit during a four day mock boot camp. News 25’s Kendra Turley gives us an update on how they’re holding up on base at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Marine recruits start each day with an early morning physical training. This group of educators from Mississippi and Louisiana caught a glimpse of exactly how intense the workout is during day two of a four day workshop at Parris Island, South Carolina. Mady McNenar is an educator from Hattiesburg. She said, “”We went through some incentive training which means we pretty much get punished for not following orders. Our group has had a really tough time getting it together.”
As the group caught their breath, they were able to witness a Marine’s tradition, the Motivational Run. This is where graduating recruit complete a three mile run in front of family, friends, and loved ones. Ryan Fanguy is a father of one of the recruits. He said, “We’re going to try to hold back some tears. I can’t wait to hug him. I really do. I’m very proud of him and he did a very good job.”
Fanguy finally had the opportunity to hug his son during the Family Day Ceremony, a time where graduating recruits are reunited with their loved ones for the first time in 12 to 13 weeks. Recruit Ty Fanguy said, “I finally got to see my family. I’m ready. I’m ready to get off this island and ready to get some crawfish. I’m definitely going to miss. It’s a second home.”
Day two of the educator’s workshop is a lot like phase two of the Marine’s boot camp. It’s all about building teamwork and building confidence. Educators cheered each other one throughout the day as they conquered the rappel tower and multiple events on the confidence course. The majority of the group is already recruiting co-workers for next year’s workshop. “Even the ones who feel like ‘oh, I’m not physically fit.’ I’m not in shape at all. However, I could do pretty much everything and it’s just been an amazing experience. I wish I could come back again,” said McNenar.

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Kendra Turley was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Business from Louisiana State University. During her time at LSU, Kendra worked for the campus television station (Tiger TV) all four years as a news reporter, entertainment reporter, and entertainment anchor. In addition, she was involved in many student organizations and participated in several pageants. Kendra gained most of her reporting skills while interning with WBRZ and WAFB in Baton Rouge. She is excited to extend her stay in the south by starting her career in Gulfport-Biloxi. When she is not in the newsroom, you can find Kendra with her family, traveling with friends, cheering on the Tigers or exploring new activities in the area.

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