Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guzik, 16, has conquered all of these tough obstacles and much more as part of the Hephzibah High School Army JROTC Raider Team.
Michael, a junior, has been in JROTC for three years and on Raider Team for two years.
Michael considers himself a different person in uniform, not only because all the girls notice him but also because he becomes a responsible leader whom his peers and subordinates can look up to.
"I take Raider Team very seriously," he said. "It's my life."
When given a challenge, he steps up to it, he says.
"And if I lose the challenge, I always accept defeat," Michael said. "It just lets me know how much harder I need to work to be the best."
Coming from a strict background (his father was a Marine drill sergeant), Michael said, he has gotten used to the regimented lifestyle.
"I can say I pretty much like discipline, though sometimes it can be tough," he said. "But I know it will all pay off in the end."
Michael isn't all business, though.
He also likes to hang out with friends and have a lot of fun.
Michael plans to graduate high school and go straight to college. He says he also wants to join the Army, but there's a good chance he will follow in his father's footsteps and become a Marine.
Ricie Robinson is a sophomore at Hephzibah High School.