Nick Mannion and Steven Baker
February break is just around the corner and Jamesville-DeWitt High School students can’t wait set down their backpacks for a week. February break starts on Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 26. It will have been 34 school days from the end of Holiday break to the start of February break, but to senior Matt Paul it feels like it has been “a year” since the school’s last break. “I can’t wait for February break,” said freshman Luke Hobika.
Many students have plans for February break. “I plan on chilling, and hanging out with my friends over break,“ said junior Carlena Torrens. Sophomore Eric Benaroch agreed with Torrens. “I’m looking forward to chilling with my friends, and staying home,” said Benaroch.
Students at J-D are going to a variety of places for vacation over break. Sophomores Bobby Galusha and Marc Baum and junior Sydney Baum are going to Aruba together with their families over break. All three said that they can’t wait for February break. Sophomore Jordan Archer is going to Cancun, Mexico with her family. “I’m going to enjoy the warm weather over break,” said Archer.
Fun can be had in Syracuse over break. One event students are looking forward to is the Syracuse Men’s Basketball game against the Duke Blue Devils. The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team plays the Duke Blue Devils on Feb. 22. “The Duke vs Syracuse games are always awesome. I remember when they first played in the dome and we won in Overtime,” said junior Anthony Ciccone. “The Orange are 16-11 and this game against Duke is a must win if they wish to keep their tourney hopes alive,” said senior Josh Kowalczyk.
Many students at J-D are also participating in the annual week long trip to El Salvador. On this trip students will be given the chance to help out various communities in El Salvador. Senior Matt Cappelletti, who is going to El Salvador for his second time, says that the trip is really fun, and an “amazing” experience. Juniors and seniors are eligible to go on this trip, along with sophomore Tanner Gunn, who goes with his family. In total 90 students and leaders from Syracuse will be going on this trip; J-DHS students will be accompanied by students from Christian Brother’s Academy, Fayetteville Manlius, and Cazenovia. This trip is organized by Holy Cross Church and Young Life.
On the trip students will be playing with the local children, helping run clinics and doing a lot of manual labor, like digging wells and building schools. “Last year we cleared a field for irrigation, it will be cool to see what we do this year,” said sophomore Tanner Gunn. Junior Kelsey Braun is going to El Salvador for her first time this year. Braun says she is “scared” and “doesn't know what to expect.”