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Seventh Graders Head to Catalina

Richard Lyon, Head of Middle School
On February 28 to March 2, 2022, the 7th graders partook in a spectacular three-day overnight trip to Catalina Island. 
It was the first overnight Middle School trip since the 8th graders returned from France on May 17 of 2019. The trip itself was the amazing experience it was expected to be, and the symbolism of being the first class to go on an overnight trip post-COVID was not lost on anyone.Students and chaperones arrived bright and early at SFO on the 28th in anticipation of the trip. All students were tested without issue and said their goodbyes to their proud parents as they left to board their flight. After landing in LAX, a shuttle and a two-hour ferry ride brought the students to their destination. 

Day 1 was filled with moving into the cabins, kayaking, an interactive Squid Lab after dinner, and a campfire. It was a long, but rewarding day. Day 2 was a full day of events on the island. Snorkeling was the highlight of the morning with a series of fascinating marine labs in the afternoon. At night, the real adventure began as students embarked upon a night snorkel. Students were able to see marine life that only comes out at night along with the brilliant phosphoresce of the night sea. Day 3 began with a small group of hardy students who participated in what is referred to as the “Polar Plunge.” The Plunge is a harrowing dash into the frigid morning waters from the beach and back. Those few that took the plunge will wear the badge of honor for the rest of their days. Later in the day, all students participated in the high and low ropes course. This consisted of a series of team-building games on one hand and very high bungee-type jump challenges on the other. 

And just like that, it was time to pack up and go. This first overnight trip in three years was a short one, but very significant. All students came back healthy and happy and in so doing, blazed a trail for the trips yet to come this year for others.

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