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Monmouth students free fall on Halloween

November 5, 2010

While many spent Halloween doing homework, dressing in costumes or handing out candy, eight Monmouth College students dove into something a little more exciting.

Kim Morris and Ben Morrow decided to plan a trip this fall for students to have an opportunity to go skydiving. Morris made an event on Facebook initially for organizations and the buildings her and Morrow were head residents of, but later opened it up to anyone on campus.

“It’s been on my bucket list forever and I didn’t want to wait until I was retired to start checking stuff off,” said Morris. “We figured with a college full of students we could get enough people, so we started putting everything together and went.”

Chicago Skydiving in Hinkley, Ill., roughly a two hour drive from Monmouth, was where the group booked their trip. With a final count of eight MC students and six students from other schools, the group was able to finalize the trip.

The day of the trip brought much anticipation from the students attending. The group had to pay $185 a piece and sign waivers before they were sent up in groups of four for the jump.

“As the day went on, I became more and more excited until we actually got on the plane and jumped out,” said sophomore Dillon Docherty. “I was the most excited when I was standing at the edge of the plane looking down at the earth from 14,000 feet in the air.”

The company also offered students to have their photos taken for extra fees as they were free falling, which many students took advantage of.

After the skydiving trip, students found themselves anticipating taking the jump again someday in the future.

“I would absolutely [go again]. The guys who worked there and jumped with us recommended we come back in the summer when it’s warmer up in the sky, but I cannot wait to go again,” said Morris.

As for Docherty, he would like to take his sky diving trip to the next level in the years to come. “I plan on skydiving again. I would eventually like to get my solo skydiving license,” said Docherty. “To get that, you are required to take a skydiving course and complete 25 solo jumps.”

BY NICOLE OLIN
Co-News Editor

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