A superhero-themed Omega-Man performance wowed students Oct. 4 at Martin Walker Elementary School.

Performed by former bodybuilder Greg “Guardian” Lewis, Omega-Man entertained students with storytelling, music and acts of superhuman strength.

“This is my second year being a part of Omega-Man,” Lewis said. “My friend started the assemblies years ago and needed more performers to help him across the nation. I thought the message was fantastic, so now I perform as Guardian.”

The gym was packed with first- through fifth-graders. The ex-bodybuilder amazed the children with his large muscles and strongman acts that included ripping a telephone book in half, crushing an unopened soda can with his bare hands and breaking a wooden baseball bat across his leg.

“I thought he was awesome,” said fifth-grader Kayleigh Baker, 11. “My favorite part was when he broke the bat across his leg; that was really cool.”

Along with the impressive feats of strength, Lewis told stories about his childhood past as a victim of verbal and physical bullying, while mixing in the annual theme for Omega-Man: Be a H.E.R.O. or Help Everyone, Respect Others.

While Friday’s assembly focused on bullying, the Omega-Man assemblies can be streamlined to fit a wide assortment of adolescent issues, including making positive choices, being a dream maker, respecting authority, violence prevention and building self-esteem.

“I love being a part of Omega-Man,” Lewis said. “I want to be inspiring to the kids. I want to teach them about character and what is on the inside. I think the message gets across to them.”

Herald/Erik Papke​

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