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Student athletes carry cross through Miss. counties

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 9/20/2013 9:32 am

HAMILTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- High school students throughout Mississippi are on an 82 day journey to carry a cross across the state for Mission Mississippi's 20th Anniversary.

Student in Monroe County carried the cross through the entire county for a symbolic reason Thursday.

"It's a great privilege to think that we could carry a cross that wasn't even anything compared to what Jesus had to go through to save our souls," Hamilton High School student Ethan Holly said.

These students are all volunteers from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

They are just one group of many that are working to carry this cross through all 82 counties in the state.

Their coaches say they are excited to have this opportunity.

"Didn't even have to hardly ask," Hatley High School coach John Harris said. "Just had a huge commitment. Very pleased with that."

Northeast Mississippi FCA Co-Director Krisi Boren has been working for weeks with different high schools and city leaders to make this journey possible.

"All the patrols and the principals and the coaches and everyone that has come together to put this together, Boren said. "It has been a huge effort."

This effort is meant to catch attention not only from the state, but from the nation.

"If it goes worldwide or whatever they'll be able to see it and be able to want to do it and be inspired to do it," Hatley High School student Paige Imel said.

FCA students will carry the cross until it ends up in Jackson at the end of this journey.

The cross will be carried through Lee County Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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