Smiles & Sunshine
Our Renegades were busy soaking up the sun, traveling, and connecting with others this summer! We asked them to share their favorite summer experiences and photos with us and are glad to see that they kept themselves busy locally, nationally, and abroad! Read on to hear some of their stories.
I had a volleyball tournament in Arizona at the end of June. Our tournament was a 4-day tournament, and on the last day we had bracket play, which means sudden death. Going into that day my mom had a flight home booked at 6:30 PM, which meant we had to be at the airport by 4:30 PM. Our last game ended at 4:10 PM, and my mom and I sprinted through the convention center to get to the airport. Everything was good when we made it to the airport and found out our flight was delayed due to the rain.
This summer, my family and I went to Yosemite. We did a lot of hiking and sightseeing. The hike in the picture was 4 miles (which doesn’t seem bad, but it was straight uphill) with over 600 granite steps. The view was incredible and definitely worth it.
This summer went by pretty quick, but I was able to have some memorable moments. One of those moments was attending a soccer game here at the stadium to support my favorite team. The atmosphere was amazing and the game itself was also very entertaining. This memory was a pretty cool one and one that I will remember for a long time.
I was a camp counselor! After 6 weeks of non-stop swimming, crafts, and fun we had a final goodbye with the Truckee Meadows Fire Department. This summer break has taught me how to be a responsible leader. I cannot wait to go back next summer!
I was an intern in the StandWithUs Kenneth Leventhal High School internship. This summer, I went to a conference with other interns in Los Angeles. At this conference, we attended presentations about antisemitism, Israel, and the history of Jews. During this conference, we also learned how to create fun and informative programs, debate, and how to teach the history of Israel and the Israel-Palestine conflict. We also got to go to the beach!!
A very fun part of my summer was going on the College Tour and Knott’s Berry Farm. It was my first time going on a college tour and going to Knott’s Berry Farm, so I was very excited to spend the day there. There were a bunch of Ghost Town themed gift shops, and my friends made the experience very fun for me.
One of my favorite memories this summer definitely had to be one of my many lake days. My friend group and I went out to Lake Mead just about every weekend to soak up the sun. We would tub, cliff jump, BBQ, and get sun burnt. I can’t wait for next summer to roll around so we can go out again!
This summer, I had the opportunity of taking a humanitarian trip for 2.5 weeks in the Dominican Republic! I went with 22 strangers that, by the end of the trip, became my best friends. We spent our time there building a school and teaching the students at the school English. This was such a fun trip and I made so many amazing memories!
Eugene Del Coro
One place I went to during summer break was Area 15. It was my first visit, and there were lots of lights and colors everywhere! We ate at a nice restaurant and then visited many attractions inside the main building. Some attractions that we tried were a brain visualizer, a series of optical illusion rooms, and even a virtual reality experience.
Over the summer, my family and I got the opportunity to travel to Europe for my dad’s job. We visited seven countries in total. We saw some really cool things, and we ate some really good food. It is the best trip we have gone on so far for sure.
This summer, I had the unique opportunity to attend three family reunions–all in different locations in the United States. On the 4th of July, my family and I traveled to Priest Lake Idaho to spend time at my cousin’s lake house. On the 4th of July we towed the doc out into the middle of the lake and had a dance party and watched fireworks. We spent our time kayaking, paddle-boarding, swimming, and playing volleyball.
During the summer, I was able to go to Cancun. When we were in Cancun, I went to a natural waterpark in Xcaret. The way I would explain it is combining a zoo and Cowabunga Bay together. They had zip lining, a lazy river in a cave, butterfly habitats, swimming with dolphins, and much more. The lazy river was really fun, but it had a twist: instead of floating and the river moving you, you swim in the river with a life vest. The water was really clear but salty like beach water. At this water park I also swam with Dolphins. It was an out-of-body experience and I appreciate my mom for allowing me to be able to have this experience and experience it with me.
During my summer break, I went up to Utah. During my time up there, I got to overlook a cool red rock canyon. I went with all my family and got to take some cool nature photos of all the scenes I saw. It was super windy up the mountain, so my family often had a hard time staying warm, but I love the cold weather and was having the time of my life. We got to see a cool lake with cabins around it and lots of vegetation and wildlife. It was hard to believe we were only two hours away from Vegas. Overall, I loved the trip and would rate it a 9.5 out of 10 for the absolute blast I had with the cold weather while up there.
One of my favorite experiences this summer was my trip to FSY (for the strength of youth). It was a religious camp held at Utah Tech University where I got to spend time with my friends and meet new ones. We were able to go to all kinds of activities, games, and classes. At one point, we had to make a chant with our entire group (which is the picture I submitted). For our chant, we made our own haka like the All Blacks rugby team. FSY was really fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.
A New Season Awaits
As summer collapses into fall, our Renegades will make more memories in their classes and at social point events. From our Homecoming Dance to our weekend Zion Trip, there are so many things to look forward to this season. Learn more about Nevada State High Schools events and activities by following us on social media @nevadastatehs or online at earlycollegenv.com.