By Jenna Vespi and Mia Potamianos
Over the 12 day long December break, Jamesville-DeWitt High School students traveled, spent time with friends and families, and celebrated some of their favorite holidays.
While some students enjoyed a relaxing break at home, many traveled, including sophomore Sophia Dimkopoulos and freshman Griffin Cook, who both traveled to Florida to play sports. Cook participated in a Nike Blue Chip lacrosse recruiting tournament and Dimkopoulos played in a national tournament for her club soccer team, Syracuse Development Academy. Many other students visited Florida, not for sports, but for fun, including sophomore Mackenzie Keeler, freshman Sydney Baum, and the Torrens family. “Florida was a lot of fun and the weather was amazing!” said freshman Carlena Torrens. Sophomore Jenna Fagut traveled farther south and had a wonderful break on a relaxing Caribbean Cruise. But junior Miles Chandler traveled west to visited family in Utah and ski.
The Friedens traveled to an unusal destination. Senior Tal and his freshman sister Maya went with their mom to conflict-ridden Israel and Turkey, but they stayed far away from conflict zones. They met up with their two older sisters and visted their mom’s side of the family. While on their eight day trip, they visited the Western Wall, which is a sacred place in Israel. Women and men enter in different entrances and when the Friedens were there the women’s side was shut down due to a backpack that was thought to have carried a bomb. “The police were all over the place and they wouldn’t let us in, so we had to leave,” said Maya. Despite the reputation of those places, the Friedens enjoyed their trip.
But for those who stayed local, most time was spent relaxing at home or spending time with family. Some students went to Sky Zone, enjoyed watching Netflix, and caught up on sleep. Over the break, the boys and girls basketball teams had practice along with Varsity Boys Swimming and the Varsity Indoor Track teams. “It was pretty tiring but it was fun to be with my friends at practice,” said freshman Jack Boeheim who is on the Boys JV Basketball team.
No matter how J-DHS students spent their time off, being back in school has everyone counting down the days until February Break.