By Hannah Butera and Bethany Stewart
It’s out with the old, in with the new; goodbye summer fun, hello school. Although tan lines will fade, the memories of summer vacations will be held onto forever. This summer, students from Glenelg High School traveled to various places around the world. Let’s dive back into their summers, and hear about their international experiences.
Junior Ryan Hopkins had the pleasure of starting his summer with a four day trip to Puerto Rico with his family. During his vacation he went to the beach daily, hiked through the country’s vast forests, and scuba dived. In doing these things, he got a first look at the exceptional wildlife within the tropics. Another unforgettable memory was the opportunity to travel to one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, which contains glowing organisms called dinoflagellates that light up the surrounding water and leave a stunning sight to see. “My favorite memory was petting an iguana,” said Hopkins. He is eager to travel to Puerto Rico again for another memorable trip.
Michael Forester, a Senior, traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland this past summer. Although he was not necessarily soaking up the sun’s rays, he was hiking and seeing several beautiful sights. One that he was particularly fond of was the Top of Europe, a high altitude building that overlooks mountains of snow. He traveled with his entire extended family, and went for ten days at the end of June and beginning of July. He said that he “really embraced the culture while there, and I felt welcomed by all the locals.” Not only did Forester hike and sightsee, but he got to watch skydivers jump off a cliff. He said that he would definitely want to go back, because the views were spectacular. His favorite memory was riding on the train into a mountain to get to the first hotel they stayed at because of the breathtaking view; unlike anything he has seen before.
Sophomore Mia Stamatakis traveled with her church group this July for a mission trip. They journeyed to the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. While there, they painted classrooms, which was their main point of the trip. They also played with the children that were in the area and visited homes of the community. Stamatakis wants to go back because she thought the trip was very enlightening, as she gained a new perspective of the lifestyle of those who are less fortunate. She plans on going on the trip again next year. Her favorite memory was “getting to play soccer with all the kids. They did not have much, but they loved to all play all the time.” She hopes that more people can get this kind of experience, because it is something she will always remember.
As great as it is to reminiscence on all of our exciting summer vacations, it’s time to get into gear and focus on school… until winter break.