Milton Students Go Global for Spring Break
by Alexander Chen on Friday, April 8th, 2016
Students are finally returning back to campus after the nearly two-and-a-half week spring break. Coming back from around the world, students must get back to their exhausting job of being a Milton student. Although break is over, many students are happy to relive their favorite moments of their vacations. A number of students are returning from school-sponsored trips, such as the Chamber Singers and Orchestra Prague tour, the Belize community service trip, and the Outdoor Program trip to Mexico.
On Thursday, March 10, more than 60 students left Boston for Prague. Students from Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers traveled around Prague to both explore the history and beauty Prague has to offer and to perform in five different venues. Each group gave four concerts in a range of venues. From churches to palaces, each location offered a unique experience for performers and audience members alike.
One memorable performance was at the Labkowicz Palace. Created in 1550, the Labkowicz Palace is the only privately owned building in the Prague Castle complex. Owned by a Milton Academy alumnus, the venue was the final concert destination for the students. Although the Prague Tour mainly consisted of performances, the trip was also full of guided tours. These tours gave students a chance to explore the amazing history of Prague. On March 17, the students returned to Boston after their weeklong journey. Jonathan WuWong (III) believed that a very enjoyable part of the trip was “exploring Prague during the free time.” Enjoying the beauty of the city, Jonathan stated that he would definitely go back to Prague if he could.
Closer to the US, fourteen Milton students attended the annual service trip organized by the Community Service Board. Accompanied by two chaperones, the group flew to Belize on Thursday, March 10. Next, they took a water taxi to Caye Caulker, a small island off the coast of Belize.3 The main objective of the trip was to help out with construction for the island’s only high school, Ocean Academy. Between construction and work, students also got the opportunity to explore the island. Some activities on the island included kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.
Of these activities, Daniel Little (III) found snorkeling to be his favorite part of the trip. During the snorkeling, he got to see coral, barracudas, and stingrays. During the packed eight days, students helped out with the local high school, explored the nature of the island, and relaxed in the warm weather. “We all got to help a high school while having fun in a tropical environment,” say Daniel Little. On March 18, the students returned back to the US after an exciting week in Belize.
Seven students left on Saturday, March 12 for Baja California, Mexico for the Outdoor Program trip. On the first day in Loreta, Mexico, students were able to explore the city on their own. The following day, they started their four-day sea kayaking trip where they also hiked, snorkeled, and camped on the beach. This sea kayaking trip gave the students the opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery of the Sea of Cortez and all of the amazing marine life nearby. At night, they could look for the occasional bioluminescence, the emission of light by a living organism. After the long kayaking trip, they returned to Loreto for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
“My favorite part was the kayaking. While some people didn’t love the five or six hours of kayaking every day, I really enjoyed being out on the water,” says Devon Park (III). “The trip was exhilarating, from seeing blue whales while kayaking to hunting for scorpions on the beach; we met incredible people and became closer as a group.” Returning to Boston on March 18, students on the Outdoor Program trip to Mexico had a chance of a lifetime on an extraordinary trip.
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