It is officially October, which means that many students in the Chaparral student body were anxiously awaiting fall break, which took place starting October 7th, and ended on October 16th. Although the break was only nine days long, it gave students the opportunity to pursue adventures that they couldn’t pursue while school is in session. These adventures range from extravagant getaways overseas to just relaxing within the Colorado borders. Juniors Katie Hogan, Sam Schabbing,and Joey Ulrich are just three of the Chap students who made fall break 2017 one to remember. Katie Hogan’s typical school day consists of an assortment of AP courses, club-based classes, and involvement in extracurricular athletics. Hogan, much like the average high school student, tends to have loads of accumulated homework after each school day, so a one week break is often well needed. During her nine days off, Hogan took a vacation to Phoenix, Arizona with her family. “My family and I usually go to Phoenix over fall break to get away from the colder weather, and because it’s less busy in Phoenix now than it is in spring break,” explained Hogan about her tradition of traveling to Arizona at this time of year. Although Arizona is the perfect place to soak up the sun and relax by the pool, Hogan and her family made the trip productive by participating in a college tour. “We toured Arizona State University so that I could get a look at a school down there, but we mostly just hung out by the pool,” said Hogan. On her trip, Hogan also celebrated her 17th birthday by sleeping in and hanging out by the pool. Even though her venture was only one week long, junior Katie Hogan made the best of her fall break by unwinding and destressing in preparation of the upcoming quarter. Junior Sam Schabbing sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed her fall break here in colorful Colorado. “Some friends and I went up to CU Boulder to visit my brother in college,” said Schabbing. Apart from her spontaneous trip to Boulder, Schabbing got to enjoy the rest of her break with her best friends. “Sometimes it’s good to cherish some quality time with your best friends, getting to forget about school and be with my friends was much needed,” claimed Schabbing. Although she didn’t go across the globe, junior Sam Schabbing made this fall break well worth her time. Junior Joey Ulrich left all his school problems here in the United States while he traveled all around Italy with his family. “We went to Munich, Salzburg, Venice, and Rome,” said Ulrich. Although any part of those cities would be amazing to see, there were definitely highlights to Ulrich’s trip. “Seeing the Roman ruins (the Colosseum and the Forum), taking a boat around Venice, seeing the inside of the Sistine Chapel, and touring the concentration camp Dachau were all major high points of the trip,” stated Ulrich. Of course those major and extravagant adventures were highlights, but the little memories like “wandering around the narrow streets of Venice trying to find our way around” were some of Ulrich’s favorite as well. Not only did they go on this trip to escape school for a week, but they also went because his sister senior Abby Ulrich is going to college next year and their parents wanted to take them on a trip to Europe to spend time together and to experience a culture that’s different than the US. “When you travel to a different country you are completely surrounded by that culture. Not everyone speaks your language or dresses the same way so you have to adapt a bit. For example, there was plenty of times where we had a hard time communicating with our waiter in a restaurant because they didn’t speak English very well. We also got to see plenty of other things like how late or early they are awake, and what clothing they wear,” explained Ulrich. Over the much too short nine day break, junior Joey Ulrich and his family took full advantage of it with their time in Italy. Whether it is a short weekend getaway to a college town or a trip to explore overseas, students like juniors Katie Hogan, Sam Schabbing, and Joey Ulrich are 3 wolverines that took advantage of their week off in their own different ways.
Story by Hannah Wankel and Terra Koontz