Almost every Woodmore senior who traveled to the Bahamas would agree that
the time spent with their classmates and the memories made will never fade away from their recollections.
The senior trip began with the arrival of sleepy students and their luggage at the high school on March 19 at 3 a.m. After a long bus ride to Detroit Metro Airport, all 70 students, parents and teachers boarded the airplane headed for Orlando, Florida.
After arriving in Orlando, the group ventured to Port Canaveral where the Monarch of the Seas awaited them. The first day on the ship was busy with lying in the sun, swimming, and eating a five-star dinner for the first time in the formal dining room. The evening entertainment consisted of an extremely humorous comedian and some late night karaoke. However, the first day was merely the beginning.
Early the next morning, the group exited the ship to the beautiful tropical city of Nassau, Bahamas, where the students had an opportunity to explore the downtown shops, hunt for bargains in the straw market and enjoy the turquoise water and warm sunshine. Soon after, the group watched the ship sail out of port and prepared for more evening activities. That night, the students had the option of watching the love and marriage game show or participating in more karaoke and everyone enjoyed the comedic styles of a talented juggler.
What became one of the students’ favorite parts of the trip was their
|Woodmore seniors Joe Ragan, Tyler Donnell, Justin Garver,
Aaron Albright, Jordan Renken, Matt Travis and Seth Ottney
prepare for snorkeling off a beach at the Bahamas. (Photo
by Carolyn Nitz)
experience at CoCo Cay. The small private island was the ideal place to spend a full day on the beach.
“Just spending time with the seniors and being able to do things like snorkeling with my classmates was awesome,” said student De Vaughnte Askew.
Although some students lost their opportunity to go parasailing due to high winds, the day was still very enjoyable.
When the group boarded the ship one last time, they prepared for their last dinner in the dining room and ventured to their last evening entertainment show. Many would agree that the last night was the most memorable.
All of the students and chaperons watched or participated in a game called “The Quest.” This game required team members to collect certain items from the audience or perform certain tasks for points; often resulting in hilarious occurrences.
“The Quest was my favorite part of the cruise — I’ll always remember it,” said student Erin Bostic.
Unfortunately, the seniors went back to their cabins that night knowing their trip was drawing to a close.
The group disembarked the ship the next morning and headed to one last stop — Downtown Disney. Here, the students could shop, eat at exclusive restaurants and even watch a movie.
Many seniors said their experience on the class trip was one they will never forget.
“Even with the storm on Sunday night, this trip was still the best one I’ve ever taken,” said student Jacob Bright.
What most seniors will take away from their experience that weekend is the bonds and memories that were made with their fellow classmates.
Whitney Flick, the trip coordinator, stated, “All the time put into this is worth it. Seeing all of the seniors together and getting to know them more as people and less as students is very worth it for me.” High school will soon be over, but the memories from the senior class trip will always be cherished.
(Reprinted with permission from Window to Woodmore, Woodmore school newspaper, March 2010 issue, courtesy of advisor Carolyn Nitz.)