by Rachel Freeman, junior, Council Rock High School North
Council Rock North Senior Matt Holland was not expecting to learn how to fly during his family vacation to Florida this summer. Matt had been dreaming of going skydiving since he was eight-years-old, but the opportunity didn’t present itself until his family surprised him with a trip to iFLY Orlando – an indoor skydiving facility.
“My reaction was about the same as a six-year-old going to Disney World for the first time,” Matt said. “I was extremely excited.”
iFLY uses a vertical wind tunnel to simulate the skydiving experience.
The tunnel “creates true free fall conditions, without having to jump out of an airplane,” according to the facility’s website.
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life,” said Matt.
Matt isn’t the only North student who created timeless memories this summer. Taylor Roberts-Sampson, a junior at CRN, spent five weeks in Israel over the break.
Taylor is part of a “youth movement that empowers kids to change and better the world,” she explained.
She lived on a kibbutz, an Israeli communal settlement, while she participated in many community service projects, including building a new kindergarten. She made sure her voice was heard during group discussions about Israeli society and what needs to change in Israel. She got to spend time with the kids that live on the Kibbutz, too.
She spoke with them about what they do for fun and how they feel about where they live.
Taylor believes that her summer experience made her a better person. “I brought back with me a new view of the world and all the different societies that exist within it,” she said.
Many students who stayed home for the summer made great memories, too. Junior Steven Miller spent his 12th summer at Willow Grove Day Camp here in PA.
“Working at camp taught me how important it is to treat people with respect and make sure all of my responsibilities are fulfilled,” Miller said. “I’ll definitely apply those values to this school year.”
Now with plenty of summer stories to tell, students return to school with positive attitudes and rested brains (at least until their first tests).