Worlds of Fun give students a break

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ANDREW SKAGGS ’22

The seven-day boarding program at Mount Michael provides seven-day borders with opportunities to get out on the weekends and participate in different activities. On Aug. 29, the deans put together a one-day trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, not only for seven day borders, but also for all students.

Students from every grade attended, providing an opportunity to bond and make new friendships, or to strengthen current friendships.

“It gave me an opportunity to get away from school and my family for a day,” Andrew Gates ‘24 said. “It also provided me an opportunity to get to know some of my classmates that I did not know that well before.”

Students pose for a quick picture before exploring Worlds of Fun.

The trip gave other students an opportunity that they had not had before, which included riding roller coasters for the first time.

“It was a really fun day for me,” Blasé Sindelar ‘22 said. “I got to make memories I will never forget with my classmates. I will also never forget riding Cyclone Sams for the first time.”

The school deans and teachers including Matthew Coghill ‘16, Tim Jacoby, and Tim Struckman volunteered to be chaperones, which allowed them to embrace their inner-child and have an enjoyable time throughout the day as well.

“I loved the carnival-like mini games that were set up all around the park,” Senior Dean Tim Jacoby said. “I won a couple mini flags and rode some rides. All in all, it was a pretty good time.”

The fun of the day went beyond the park as well. The bus ride to and from the park was described as “chaotic” and “fun” by those who rode. “The bus definitely added a lot of fun to the day,” Peter Gates ‘22 said. “I was planning on sleeping to and from the park, but it was so loud and fun that it was nearly impossible to.

” Though nothing is set in stone, the administration is looking to continue doing activities such as this in the future. “This was the first time we specifically opened up one of these activities to our 5-day boarders and day students, and it seemed to go very well,” Dean of Students Dave Cormier said. “That will help us do this again in the future.