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Students reflect on summer activities, memories

Summer started May 25 and seemed to be two months and 14 days full of memories. Summer provides opportunities for students and teachers to relax and reenergize for the next school year.

Students went on trips to foreign places and even spent time serving others while on these adventures. Some stayed close to home and spent time with family and friends. Athletes even began preparing for this years demanding sports seasons. And in certain unique cases, students got to spend their entire summer, doing exactly what they wanted. 

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Makayla Davila, ’22, visits Bedburg-Hau, a municipality in Germany during her summer break.

Vacationing and spending time with friends
Austin Duffy, ’19
Aug. 21, 2018

“I took a two week trip to Idaho and passed through four other states along the way, other than that I just went to football practice and spent time with friends.”

Mission trip presented opportunities
Andrew Moore, ‘21
Aug. 21, 2018

“The highlight of my summer was honestly going to Johannesburg, South Africa. While we were in South Africa though we traveled lots, we got to visit two squatter camps, Diep Sloot and Kya Sands, as well as many tourist places. If I could relive a moment this summer it would be walking the streets of the squatter camps, I don’t care which one, but one of them and simply talking with the people there. This summer was really an abrupt awakening from God, and that’s how it differentiates from past summers. It was fun, exhilarating, passionate and full of Jesus.”

Vacationing at the beach
Hayden Trevino, ‘22
Aug. 21, 1018

“My favorite part about this summer would probably be hanging out and talking with my friends, and playing video games. My family and I went to Morro Bay for a week to relax and spend time together. Reece (Trevino)  and I went to the beach often and would hang out in the sand dunes. Sadly Trevor (Trevino) had to go home early this trip to go to worship practice for the church. One of the events that stuck with me was playing video games with friends from church and really getting to know them and having quality bonding time. One thing I wish I had done this vacation is hang out with people more. I feel like I didn’t really socialize all that much. I think this summer was probably my favorite because I got to really know the people in my neighborhood that I didn’t talk to all that much in past summers.”

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Sophomores Owen Monke, Brynlee Schmidt, Samantha Portale and Jacob Hyatt visit Six Flags America.

Cheer camp created memories
Isabella Hutcheson, ‘22
Aug. 22, 2018

“The highlight was going to cheer camp with the cheer team and hanging out with them. At cheer camp, we made up a dance we made up a dance and performed it for the seniors, that was fun. I just kind of stayed here and went to cheer practice. I spent a lot more time with friends than in past summers. I wish I had would have spent more time with my cousins.”

Family time in Paris
Ryan Brazil, ‘20
Aug. 22, 2018

“I think the highlight of my summer was going to Paris and spending time with my brother in law because I haven’t gotten to do that in a long time. We saw Notre Dame and a lot of other museums that I don’t remember the names of. We traveled a lot more this summer than we normally do. I wish I had hanged out with more friends.”

Logan Lewis, ’20, tweeted a video documenting his summer,

European Getaway
Makayla Davila, ‘22
Aug. 21, 2018

“The highlight of my summer was getting to know my family friends in Germany. Something I would want to relive from this summer’s to go back to Buckingham Palace, I was also able to go back to London and Germany for a longer period of time compared to last summer. Something I missed out on was while I was in Germany, was a really great missions opportunity. I would rank this summer a 10 out of 10.”

Learning what summers mean now
Kyle Dodson, FCS Teacher
Aug. 23, 2018

“My highlight of the summer was probably just getting a chance to watch my daughter, Olivia, grow from a baby to a toddler. It was over summer that she really learned to use her words to express her wants and needs, and she also learned to walk. At the beginning of summer she was just crawling and by the end of summer, forget crawling, all she does is walk. It was ok, now that I’m a dad I don’t get a chance to do as much stuff for myself anymore, and so I feel like so much of it was a waste, because I was doing so many more dad things and not necessarily any stuff that I just wanted to relax and do. But summers now that I’m a dad just means something different than what the meaning used to be.”

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore, ’21, (bottom) spends his summer on an African mission trip.

A summer of opportunity
Rachel Rodriguez, FCS Teacher
Aug. 23, 2018

“The highlight of my summer was getting the letter from Fresno Pacific, congratulating me on being accepted to the master’s program for school psychology. I actually traveled to Mexico to visit my family, I hadn’t seen them in six years, so it was nice to be reunited with. And my aunt treated my sister and I to a beach resort so that was pretty nice, and the water was awesome. I think I did more this summer than in other summers because I just stayed in Fresno and went to local beaches, but I think being able to see my family after six years and being admitted to the master’s program all in the summer was just all awesome.”

Summer of touring
Colton Allen, ’20
Aug. 22, 2018

“I did a ton of shows, so that was really great, I had a great time. I just did 27 shows in the span of three months, and it was an incredible time. I went all up and down the coast, once again doing shows, it was a big tour. The furthest I went was Tempe, Arizona, which was really fun. I just got to do what I wanted to do all summer, I wasn’t doing anything I didn’t enjoy.”

Missed traveling
Samantha Portale, ‘21
Aug. 26, 2018

“The highlight of my summer was going to Six Flags with some of my friends. The farthest I went out of town was Carmel, and I hung out with my friends a lot. I enjoyed going to the beach with my family. I got to hang out with my cousins I don’t really get to see that much. I did miss not really traveling this summer, and it definitely was not as fun as some of my other summers.”

Eventful Summer
Kayden Marquez, ’20
Aug. 21, 2018

“The highlight of my summer was being able to do all the traveling that I did. I would relive The 4th of July with all my friends in the junior class and senior class that fun. This summer I got to travel a lot and I don’t usually get to travel much, I was pretty happy with my summer but I also wanted to go to South Africa because it was a really great missions opportunity. I would rank this summer a huge 10.”

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Football players practice during summer break in preparation for upcoming games.

A Busy Summer
Alina Ochoa, ‘19
Aug. 30, 2018

“Yes I did travel, but not much, I went to Pismo Beach and LA. I had a lot of fun, I got to go shopping and relax at the beach. If I could relive a moment in summer, I would relive just hanging out with my friends and having Bible study at the beginning of summer. This summer was a lot busier because my mom got married and we had to move because I gained two sisters. I had a lot of change during this summer compared to last summer.”

For more articles, read Reflecting on the 2017-’18 school year and Convocation kicks off 2018-’19 school year

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