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Learning defense

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

MAMMOTH SPRING -- For the second year, Mammoth Spring High School Counselor Kim Ragsdale offered a self defense class to graduating senior girls at the school.

The class was free and 10 girls in the graduating class took part in the class.

The class focused on self defense, date rape, general awareness, and how different life is going to be for the young ladies as freshman in college.

The class was presented by the Arkansas Martial Arts Academy (AMAA) in Searcy, Ark. Alana Ragsdale is a graduate of Mammoth Spring High School and is director of the AMAA.

Other instructors included Kyle Cochran, Dr. Scott Chenshaw and Tara Dixon.

"This class helps these young ladies, whatever path they choose, to be prepared for life outside of Mammoth Spring High School," Ragsdale said.

Alana Ragsdale has been involved in karate for many years. She has a degree in criminal justice from Harding University.

Cochran is a former Army military policeman and works at the AMAA in Searcy. Both instructors are national board certified.

Ragsdale said she came up with the idea for the class after she saw a story on the national news about a young college student who was killed. "I thought then the class might be a good idea for our senior girls," she said. She added that college campuses are a little bit different than going to school at Mammoth Spring.

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