Think spring break is about rest and relaxation? Think again.
Saint Viator’s Spanish and Chinese clubs, as well as the boys’ baseball team, girls’ softball team and boys’ lacrosse team all traveled during the break, learning lessons in historic cities around the world—and on the ballfields playing teams from around the country.
Members of the Chinese Club covered five cities in eight days. They started in Beijing, where they saw Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, before learning to do Tai Chi, and eating roasted duck at Beijing’s famous Da Dong restaurant. They also traveled to Xian, Hangzhou and Wuzhen, the so-called Venice of the east, all before winding up in Shanghai.
A highlight there was visiting a middle school, where Mrs. Amy Zhang’s sister is the principal, before taking the Maglev train, which is the fastest commercial train in the world.
“China was such an amazing and unique experience. We saw so much in such a short amount of time. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime,” says Ms. Maggie Miskowicz, who went along as a chaperone. Joining her and the 10 students were: Mr. Vince Genualdi, Ms. Peggy Gosch, Mrs. Vicki Giusti, Mrs. Rita King, Mrs. Eileen Manno, Ms. Maggie Miskowicz and Mrs. Zhang.
A total of 24 students from the Spanish Club traveled to Spain, with Mr. Kurt Paprocki, Mrs. Jan Tan and Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV. Their whirlwind trip started in Barcelona before they took a high-speed train to Madrid for two days. A day trip took them to the small mountain town of Segovia, before they spent some of Holy Week in Sevilla.
“Overall, our students had a wonderful time experiencing the culture and language firsthand,” Mr. Paprocki said. “We learn material in class, but actually seeing this up close is a priceless learning experience.”
— Señor Paprocki (@ViatorSpanish) March 20, 2016
The boys’ lacrosse team traveled to Florida to play high level teams in advance of their season, and they found some.
“We played some excellent competition from four different states—Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Virginia,” said Mr. Bill Sanford, head coach.
And the 2016 season is underway. pic.twitter.com/IpRSG9SH8c
— SaintViatorLacrosse (@ViatorLacrosse) March 17, 2016
Overall, the team finished 3-1 over the break, he adds, and they enjoyed the sunshine and beach, and plenty of team bonding.
The girls’ softball team also finished the week with a 3-1 record, after defeating teams from Madison, Washington DC and New York City, while losing to a team from New Castle, PA.
“We accomplished what we needed to do,” says Head Coach John Scotillo. “We got a lot of softball in during the day and we were able to get to the (Disney) parks at night.”
A highlight, he added, was the afternoon they spent volunteering at the Orlando Boys’ and Girls’ Club, playing softball with more than 60 youngsters.
No game today but a big win at the Orlando boys and girls club pic.twitter.com/RNFXliSivY
— John Scotillo (@svlionssoftball) March 22, 2016
Members of the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams traveled with Head Coach Mike Manno and Coach Richard McLoughlin to sunny Phoenix for a series of games at both levels. Once again, the varsity recorded a 3-1 record, while the junior varsity came up a bit short in both contests.
While there, the team took in a Cubs’ spring training game at the new Sloan Park, and hiked as a team up Camelback Mountain. Talk about team building!
See more photos on our Spring Break storify.