Clyde High School seniors head to Camp Perry for first ever field trip

Mar 12, 2024 | Featured, Schools | 0 comments

Claudia Muzik, in the center holding the air rifle, organized Clyde High School’s first ever senior trip. The group visited Camp Perry. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


Clyde High School (CHS) seniors had the opportunity to enjoy their first ever high school field trip thanks to CHS senior and Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) member Claudia Muzik of Green Springs, who organized a trip to Camp Perry so students could learn about competitive shooting. Muzik, an air rifle Junior Olympian, planned the trip as her TLC project.

“Teen Leadership Corps is a class where the students learn leadership skills by actually serving the local community,” said TLS teacher Kayla Perman. “They figure out needs and plan ways to meet those needs. Our motto is ‘Lead, Serve and Inspire the World.’”

Claudia Muzik organized a Clyde High School senior trip to Camp Perry to expose students to shooting sports. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Students on the Camp Perry field trip rotated between four activities: air rifle bench shooting, a laser tag simulator, walking trails and board and video games. Muzik said she planned the trip to expose students to shooting sports.

“The kids grew up hearing about what I do, and I wanted to show them,” she said. “Some of them never had the chance to shoot before. Some are afraid of it.”

The Camp Perry field trip gave students Isela Franco and Jaelyn Barrera their first opportunity to shoot a gun. Barrera called it “a cool and fun experience.”

Clyde High School Principal Joe Webb shoots an air rifle during the school’s senior trip to Camp Perry. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“It was fun. I liked doing something I’ve never done before,” Franco said.

Although student Alex Krintzline has experience shooting, it was his first time shooting an air rifle.

“It was different with the scope they have on it. There was absolutely no kick,” he said. “It was fun.”

Claudia Muzik organized a Clyde High School senior trip to Camp Perry to expose students to shooting sports. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Muzik was grateful that CHS administration supported her project. CHS principal Joe Web joined the seniors on the trip and took advantage of the opportunity to shoot an air rifle.

“It took me three months to get this to work. I had to talk to the principal and to the superintendent, and I had to schedule it with Camp Perry,” Muzik said.

The field trip, which was optional for students, was attended by 57 teens. Most were seniors, but the group also included TLC members in grade 11. Thanks to a TLC grant and business donations secured by Muzik, the trip was free for all the participants. Perman said it was a good experience for her students.

Members of the Clyde High School Teen Leadership Corps shoot air rifles inside the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“It opened their eyes to something they’ve never experienced before,” she said. “It was good for the TLC students because Claudia is in the class and she’s passionate about this. I encourage them to choose projects they are passionate about.”

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