United students take the polar plunge

Ryan Neal
United FFA students take the Polar Plunge Feb. 22 as part of the school's FFA Week activities.

As part of national FFA week, United High School had its own polar plunge Tuesday in advance of this weekend's regional event in Galesburg.

United ag teacher Brian Cirks said he let the student officers decide what activities would take place during the week.

"It gets students interested and breaks up the doldrums of February," Cirks said. "Our niche is more fun activities."

On Thursday, the United FFA will have a tug of war contest and on Friday they plan to have a Jell-o slide.

Cirks said he allowed the students to select activities so they could develop organizational skills.

FFA secretary Logan Douglas said he picked the polar plunge because it had done previously.

"We thought it would be a good idea to bring it back," he said.

Douglas recruited participants and cleaned the tank. He also learned an important lesson.

"I learned not to spray my sister," he said.

Douglas's sister was one of the students who jumped in the cold water. He sprayed her while she was in the tank and when she got out she gave him a chilly hug.

"It was cold," he said.

Students who stayed in the water for longer than 15 seconds received a box of candy.

"It catches you when you hit the water," UHS student Matt Stewart said. "But it was worth it."