Navy Freshmen End Year Scaling Obelisk
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
Freshman year at the U.S. Naval Academy may be a bit more grueling than at other schools. Take their end of the year tradition. The plebes, as they're called, have to scale a 21-foot-tall obelisk on the campus. It's topped with a hat they have to remove. This year, they pulled it off by piling into a human base, allowing midshipman Jamie Schrock to scale the granite monument, which was coated to 200 pounds of lard.
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