Despite the lobster red sunburn and sand in places we didn't know we had, this year’s senior class trip was a blast! On April 25, we packed up and headed out West to the beautiful state of California. We were blessed to be able to stay at the Chase Suite hotel in Brea, CA.
Once we were settled in the first day, we traveled to downtown Los Angeles to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Phil Harmonic Duet performance. The music was truly beautiful and the talent was awe-inspiring; although after 36 hours of being awake it was hard to keep our eyes open.
“As a musician myself, it was amazing to just sit back and admire the talent of the performers. Regardless of how difficult it was to stay awake, the music was beautifully intricate and mystifying.” –Michelle Hebard
Beach day came next. We woke up bright and early to spend the day at Newport Beach. My class and I had the time of our lives boogie boarding and shopping in the cute little shops in town. That afternoon, we boarded the Newport Legacy and set out on the ocean. Almost instantly, five massive Grey Whales appeared near the coast. The captain informed us of how lucky we were to have seen this many whales together at once.
The entire trip was filled with nostalgia thinking about our high school life, but the true nostalgia and magic reappeared as we entered the gates of Disneyland. I had never been, but when the sun went down and the lights came on and it was purely magical.
“Going to Disneyland was a huge part of my childhood and getting to relive it with my class made me realize that no matter how old I may get, there is still a Disney loving kid within me”-Chantelle Bravatti
My favorite day of the trip was Sabbath. We had a short but powerful church service and then spent the rest of the day soaking in the sun, boogie boarding on the waves, and walking along the beach.
“Boogie boarding was a new experience, and I had a lot of fun trying to not die in the waves.” –Caleb Anthony
“The waves gave students of all abilities challenges and excitement.” – Glen O’Halloran
This trip was unforgettable and made for a fantastic finishing touch to our high school life. We came even closer as a class and made more memories that we will keep forever.
“Senior year is closing. Very soon, my nostalgia will bring me back to strolling the happiest place in earth and, riding the waves, and singing by the pool.”- Celine Lumowa
Chelsey Bankhead is a senior at Campion Academy.