Sports, Sports & More Sports
As a four year high school soccer player, I never imagined myself playing volleyball here at Manor, but as they say, “everything happens for a reason.” I was disappointed to find out we didn’t have a soccer team, but I was open to new things. Volleyball seemed to be the perfect new beginning for me, so I decided to join the team! Last year was my first year playing volleyball, and it took me some time to learn how the game works. With the help of my teammates and coaches, it wasn’t long before playing volleyball was natural to me (and I was really loving it). Our team spent much time this summer training for this year’s volleyball season. When I wasn’t playing volleyball, I was playing basketball (basketball will always be my absolute favorite sport) – I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to play sports at Manor.
Believe it or not, I did spend time doing other things besides sports. When I wasn’t working at my part-time job at Moe’s Southwest Grill, I would be spending quality time with family and friends. One day, my mother surprised my best friend Christy and myself with a mini vacation to Cape May, New Jersey. As a kid, our family spent most of our summer vacations in Cape May, N.J. and it was nice to be able to share that part of my childhood with a great friend of fourteen years! One week later, I was delighted to be packing my bags, preparing myself for a trip of a lifetime.
My Trip Out West
My friend Christy had invited me to accompany her family on a trip out West. I spent a week on a luxurious bus driving through five different states. Beginning in Colorado, traveling up through Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana. Then back down through Idaho, Utah and back to Colorado. Like many of the students at Manor, I was born and raised in the city, and became immensely awestruck by the beauty of the mountains and the peacefulness I felt within Yellowstone National Park. I had the opportunity to stand beneath Mt. Rushmore and feel like the tiniest person on the planet. I walked the streets of West Yellowstone, Montana (where I could see my breath in the middle of July)! Driving through Idaho was unlike anything I had ever experienced before – such vast land (you could sense both emptiness and beauty at the same time). Lastly, my feet touched down in “The Great Salt Lake” in Utah. It was a culture shock and I know I will never be the same person as I was before. I met some pretty amazing people who touched my heart in less than a week. It made the plane ride home difficult to overcome, but I do love Philadelphia. I will always represent my city loud and proud. (Yes, that’s right, I asked for “wooder”, not “water.”)
The Final Farewell to Summer
As as final “farewell to summer” my Aunt took my brother, cousins, and myself to see the Phillies play at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts (the green monster). After spending such a relaxing summer with beautiful people, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to my final year here at Manor!