By Ashlee Galloway
Aside from prom, the senior class trip is often one of the last major events of senior year. On May 17, the class of 2016 travelled to Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, PA to celebrate the last few weeks of their senior year.
At approximately 6:30am, 129 seniors crowded the high school commons area awaiting their coach busses to arrive to transport them to the Poconos. The students filled three busses, where they were entertained with movies and provided with snacks from Executive Council.
Following a nearly three hour long bus ride, the students and chaperones arrived at the 350 acre resort. The resort, which includes a 40 acre lake, houses several outdoor and recreational activities. Activities students participated in included kayaking on the lake, zip lining, 40 foot rock wall climbing, and a tree top adventure course.
Pedal boats and kayaks were available for students to take out on the lake, which were among the most popular activities of the day. “I really liked that we got to use the pedal boats and the kayaks,” senior Karoline Snyder said. “Those were really fun.”
The resort also houses two 900 foot zip lines that stretch across the lake, and a 35 foot obstacle course that also had two smaller dual zip lines attached. Another popular activity of the day was a “human swing,” that lifted students in the air and dropped them from 35 feet.
“I definitely loved all the activities and how everything was outside,” senior Brogan Frank said.
For those who do not like heights, the resort offered inflatable airzone games that included giant hamster balls. Seniors Brian Treible, Nicole Thomas, and Isaiah Workinger were among some of the students who participated in the hamster balls.
Other students enjoyed several sports such as basketball, tennis, golf, and volleyball on the lakefront beach volleyball courts. “There were tons of sports and games and activities to do,” senior Kobe Heffner said.
An ice cream bar as well as a lunch and dinner buffet were also included in the price of the tickets. Each meal offered several options for students to choose from, including hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta, chicken, salad, and desserts such as brownies.
Red Lion was one of several schools that attended Pocono Valley Resort, with over 500 students attending in total.
“I’m really glad that I went,” Snyder said, “I really liked it.”
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