This February, the Zion campus is abuzz and lively in every aspect. Whether participating in
theater, playing basketball, or preparing for the Winterim of a lifetime, this month is definitely keeping students on their toes. Between the chaos of these exciting events and Valentine’s Day, students do indeed look forward to a calmer schedule. A relief is just what Zion’s upperclassmen get during the last week of February. The 10th, 11th, and 12th graders are a part of “Trip Week” which runs from February 26th until March 2nd. The 12th graders take their annual Senior Trip to Gatlinburg, the 11th graders go on a mission trip to Kentucky, and the 10th graders travel to New York for both an educational and recreational field trip.theater
Alumni Kerri Gentry told us why her senior trip was one to remember. They had a packed week full of fun events each day, with quality class bonding time at nights. Kerri said, “We stayed in a really big cabin, with a “movie theater” room downstairs and a game room upstairs. It had hot tubs and a nice view of the woods.” Every morning they would have breakfast together as a class and do whatever was on the agenda for the day. One day they went to the aquarium and another day they went to Wonderworks. They walked the strip of Gatlinburg, snow tubed and ice skated at Ober. They also rode go karts and played minigolf towards the end of the week and chilled. “At night, we would watch movies, have class devotions, play pool, and relax in hot tubs,” said Kerri. She also said the trip brought the class closer; she wouldn’t change a thing.
Last February, the juniors had a life-changing experience in the rural community of Big Creek, Kentucky. Uli Melton, a senior, shares that she at first was not sure about the mission trip, but their time gradually became more enjoyable as her class became more tightly
-knit together within their group jobs and nightly devotions. “After we got done with God’s Closet (her group’s job) for the week, we went out and helped with other groups. We got to experience more than just God’s Closet, like helping with canned foods.” The now senior class worked hard all week in various ways in order to serve Big Creek and represent not just Zion, but God in all the jobs they did. Uli’s advice to this year’s junior class in preparation for the mission trip is, “Have an open mind and make an effort to hang out with different people in your class, because it’s amazing how close you’ll grow in one week.”
Last year the sophomores went to New York for their class trip. Tori Elias shares, “Our class had an incredible time in NYC last March. We made so many memories through our travels and experiences together, and I know this field trip was a class favorite. One of my personal favorite things we did was spend time in Times Square. We were allotted free time and used this to really get a feel for the New York lifestyle. Another one of my favorite things to do was a walkthrough tour of Ellis Island and learn about the immigrants that shaped New York’s history.” Tori says that her best advice to the sophomores would be to wear your best walking shoes and take a ton of pictures because the week will fly by!