About two dozen Alice High School students participated in the three-day ropes course to help build communication skills, teamwork and responsibility. Eric Pacheco stands on top of a pole as part of the activities. Only a handful of students tried the pole, nicknamed the "pamper pole," where they were instructed to stand on top of the pole and jump onto a trapeze bar before being lowered down. The majority of the class braved the catwalk where they walked across a horizontal plank and then hoisted down. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER