|A section of "The Crucible" obstacle course at the Marine training camp, Parris Island in South Carolina.|
Hernando “Nando” Holdsworth, a freshman at Pinecrest Academy in
Cumming, Georgia, was awarded the title of “Toughest Recruit” at
a Marines training camp in South Carolina from July 15-19,
Hernando is a member of the Metro Atlanta Young
Marines, named in honor of General Raymond G. Davis, a
medaled hero of the Korean War. This summer at the
Marine Corps training facility at Parris Island, South Carolina, he
competed against other Young Marine members from South Carolina, North
Carolina and Georgia.
He was recognized for his “effort”, achieving the
highest performance in three obstacle course challenges (the Marines call
the course the “Crucible”), and for having the best “attitude”
in the face of the many hours of marching and
physical training demanded during the week.
He hopes to enroll
in the ROTC program in college and become an officer
in the U.S. Marine Corps.