What Did You Do During Summer '16?

Marissia Potamianos and Jamie Boeheim

Staff Writer and Editor of Promotion


Summer is a time to ignore the thought of tests and homework, and do relaxing and fun things with friends and family. However, once September rolls around, it’s time to hit the books once again. Although it’s time for school, students and teachers can reminisce about all the good times that they’ve had this summer.


Some students stayed home and hung out with their friends, while others went on vacation. Freshman Gabby O’Hara had the best of both worlds. She stayed home for part of the summer and hung out with friends, but she also went to Cape Cod and Nantucket with her friend Kate Brown. Junior Riley Burns went on a couple of vacations to Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Cape Cod. She spent her vacations with her family and friends. Senior Jake Harron went to Germany and France for vacation. Harron went sight seeing. His favorite place to visit were the German castles because “they’re so old but they look beautiful.” Harron said the experience was very “eye opening and fun.” Senior Tommy Armenta also went abroad this summer. Armenta visited Ghana for a church trip. Along with Harron, Armenta thought this trip was very eye opening and he began to “appreciate things more when (he) came back home.”


Aside from relaxing, several students spent the summer working. Junior Nico Modesti and sophomore Liam Kaplan worked as lifeguards at Drumlins Country Club. “I enjoyed it, (because) I got to chill by the pool everyday,” Modesti said. When Kaplan had downtime at the pool, he “played Pokemon Go with buds.” Senior Julia Cavanaugh worked at the New York State Fair in the Brown parking lot. Cavanaugh said she enjoyed working the fair with her “chill” manager, and said she “basically got paid to do nothing.” Burns also had a summer job at Scotch N Sirloin as a hostess.  “Having a summer job is time consuming but in the end it’s worth the time and money,” said Burns.


At Jamesville-DeWitt High School, students take sports very seriously. Many athletes continued to play sports in the off season. Along with working at Drumlins, Kaplan was on the swim team. He also played volleyball at the end of summer for the Varsity Boys Volleyball team. Coach Jeff Ike coached the Varsity Boys Basketball team and the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team in tournaments over the summer. The lacrosse team went and played in the John Pepper lacrosse tournament at West Genesee High School and the basketball team played weekly games at McChesney Community Center. Junior Parker Wing played on the travel team, Baseball U, and went to tournaments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


The rave this summer was about new Lakeview Amphitheater, looking over Onondaga Lake. The new theatre is “awesome, really fun, and pretty,” said Cavanaugh. The amphitheater holds 17,000 seats and is located across from the NYS Fair. Cavanaugh went to the Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line concerts, both country performers. This summer, some of the many concerts included: Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flatts, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, and Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. This new addition was great for friends to go to and have fun at their favorite artists concerts.


The beginning of the NYS Fair is one of the marks of the end of summer, before students transition into school routines. It is a big event that everyone looks forward to at the end of the summer. From pizza fritte to gyros, and The Zipper to The Enterprise, there are a number of fun things to do. Freshman Winnie Gross and senior Peter Miedaner both like eating Dinosaur BBQ. Gross says the food tastes “fresh” and they both agreed that the food is “amazing.”  Sophomore Jack Doran loved the rides at the fair. Dorans favorite ride was The Vortex because you go “really fast and really high.” Senior Alex Frank agreed with Doran and said that The Vortex and The Fireball were her favorites.


A popular place among J-DHS students at the Fair is the milk bar. Frank says her favorite place to go is the milk bar because of their 25 cent chocolate or vanilla milk. “I love milk and it’s way better there than it is in the stores,” said Frank when talking about the famous milk bar. There are many interesting sites to see at the NYS Fair, including the butter sculpture, the world’s smallest woman, and more. Junior Katie Lutz said she thought the coolest part of the fair was the poultry building. “The pink, blue, yellow, and green colored birds were so cute and funny to watch,” said Lutz.

Students have to now switch back into school mode. Some are excited about it, but others, not so much. Sophomore Sawyer Parker said “I’m kind of excited to be back. I don’t like school but I love lunch and being able to see my friends everyday.” O’Hara said she’s “not excited at all” because of all the homework that she thinks she’s going to get. On the contrary, Coach Ike said he is happy and was looking forward to coming back to school. “I like having a routine, I like people, and I like talking,” said Coach Ike.