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High School Students Take the Plunge for Special Olympics


Sixty high school students are warming the water at Manmade Lake in Wausau ahead of Saturday's Polar Plunge. The brave teens took the plunge early to raise money for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

Students from Marathon, Wausau West and Mosinee made a b-line for their towels after taking the plunge.

"My heart just felt like it stopped because it was so cold," Wausau West Junior and first time plunger Fabian Gonzales told NewsChannel 7.

Gonzales, along with the rest of the Wausau West DECA Club, took the icy plunge to raise money for Special Olympics.

"I was just kind of winging it and going in blind," Gonzales laughed.

His lack of experience may have been a good thing in this case considering what he told us was going through his mind right before he took the leap.

"It's really cold and I'm kind of crazy to do this," He said.

But he did it.

"It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," Gonzales revealed. "It was cold, but like your body makes you feel warm so it wasn't too bad."

Since he's an experienced plunger now, he has some advice for those jumping for the first time Saturday.

"Definitely bring a towel for when you want to get out because you're going to need it to get warm and dry off and everything."

When asked if he would do it again, Gonzales didn't hesitate with his answer.

"Yea, I'd do it again."

Crazy or not, if you're feeling inspired by Gonzales and all these teens there's still time to register for Saturday's main event. You can register at Manmade Lake the day of from 9:00 AM until noon. Teams will begin jumping at 12:05 PM. In addition to the quick swim, there will also be a live band, food and souvenirs.

NewsChannel 7 is a proud sponsor of the event.


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