Many people love to travel to far-off places for vacation. People crave vacations because they’re a chance to get away from everyday life and either relax or go sightseeing. Most people go to see sights that are famous for different reasons; perhaps they go to visit the Seven Wonders of the World including the Pyramids at Giza. Perhaps what someone else dreams to see is the Eiffel Tower (“Tour de Eiffel” in French) in the City of Lights. Whatever that special place may be, students, teachers and faculty members at SJHS love to travel.
Students at SJHS have a love of traveling to different places. Julie Barbosa, a ninth grader, has been to Brazil and South Africa. She said, “I love Brazil because it’s a party place and the food is great!” Eighth-grade students Christopher Taylor and Spencer Duncan have both visited England. According to Christopher, Oxford was a cool place to see because of the different old buildings. Spencer said, “I like to go see the different places you can learn about Old and New London.”
As a teacher, the work schedule is different than “normal” office jobs. Teachers have plenty of time in the summer for vacations. Mr. Steven Robbins, a seventh-grade English teacher, has traveled to places all over the globe. The most exotic vacation he has been on was to China. Mrs. Natalie Luke, the foods teacher, has been to Ireland and Finland. While she was in Finland, she ate reindeer! Mrs. Lori Caras, a seventh and ninth-grade science teacher, couldn’t decide which vacation spot was her favorite. She said, “Europe was filled with amazing history. I loved being in a different culture and hearing different languages.” Her other favorite vacation was Cancun. According to Mrs. Caras, it was a relaxing place to visit.
Teachers aren’t the only ones who work in schools and have time to take vacations. One of the newest faculty members to enter Springville Junior High is Mrs. Courtney Johnson, an assistant principal. She said, “Last May, I traveled to Germany and drove down through Austria and into Slovenia.” Slovenia is one of her favorite vacation spots because it is “easy to explore” because of its small size. She also went through the Alps, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world.
These exciting vacations to far off places seem like you have to go to the other side of the world to experience. But that’s not true, there are places in Utah that people across the world come to visit, and these places are practically in our backyards. Utah is home to five national parks, which is more than any other state. We also have many ski resorts to visit during the winter months. This means that memorable vacations are right around the corner!