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Senior Plans For The Holidays In Imperial Beach

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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2020 12:51 pm

As of Friday, Dec. 20, Mar Vista High School’s Winter break officially started. The break time will last about three and a half weeks with the high schoolers returning to school on Jan. 15. With the holiday season in motion, along with a new year, many have plans to celebrate, relax, and have fun for the following weeks.

There’s plenty of excitement to come from the following weeks, whether that be out of traveling to new places, or by taking enjoyment from events that cannot be done regularly.

When asked on what the biggest plans for their break was, two people responded with plans of traveling outside of Imperial Beach. Zack Duhala, a senior, said, “I plan on camping up in Cuyamaca and having a fun senior trip with my friends. It’s really the last time we’ll have a winter break in high school.”

Duhala added, “I’m excited for time to physically work out, and to possibly visit the snow on my camping trip.”

Senior Joie Frankenberger said, “I’m personally excited to go to the Burro Schmidt tunnel and Hollywood in a road trip with a few of my friends.” For context, the Burro Schmidt tunnel is a 2000 foot long passageway through solid rock dug by William “Burro” Schmidt.

Frankenberger is also looking forward to the people she’ll spend time with. “It’s simple, but I’m just happy to see my friends outside of a school setting. It’s very refreshing to me.

Others plans for the long winter break included senior Mikayla Hoffower who said, “My biggest plan that I have for break is going to be ice skating with all of my friends. I’ve only been ice skating twice in my life, so I’m very excited.

Although this is a break between semesters at Mar Vista, several students still have some work due when they return, while others will try to maintain the work ethic they’ve built up over the last semester. Duhala said, “Over break I have to finish up a project for AP Calculus. Other than that, just my regular chores.”

As if on cue for a New Year’s resolution, Frankenberger said, “I don’t have much work to do, but I know that I’m going to have to improve my study habits for the new semester.

Hoffower added, “I have to work on my work ethic and discipline. My anxiety often gets the best of me and I don’t allow myself to finish something because I overthink.”

With graduation looming this coming June, most seniors appear to be trying to spend time with friends during break, with the knowledge that this may be one of their last chances to do so.

As Duhala mentioned when this was brought up, “I just want to have a good time with my friends this break. There also seems to be a newfound stress among them.”

Frankenberger said, “I’m anxious about all of the new responsibilities that I’ll have to face eventually.”

“It feels very scary because familiarity will be gone when we go to college, and new environments and new responsibilities and changes will happen,” said Hoffower.

Overall, the high school career for seniors being nearly finished leads to some anxieties, but with the current vacation time they have been given, many are enjoying their time off.

Happy holidays and happy New Year!

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