Winterim brings unique opportunities

by Sierra Pleima/

From witnessing a surgery, to traveling to Haiti, to learning how to cook, Winterim 2020 is looking promising for students. All school students will be exploring careers and passions as they take classes, travel, or job shadow. 

With only two trips going forth, the outlook on internships is looking promising. Around 95 juniors and seniors decided to pursue the internship opportunity this year. “I love seeing and hearing kids get involved and exposed to things they didn’t know about,” said guidance counselor Brad Engbers. Interning provides students with the chance to peek into different occupation fields to get a feel for which career they might want to pursue someday. 

Other students are looking forward to a trip to Haiti or Brazil. Those traveling to Haiti will join with Many Hands for Haiti and spend time with the kids at the Christian school there. The students traveling to Brazil will work with kids in a program similar to vacation Bible school, and they will also do some sight seeing. Librarian Sheri Haveman is leading the trip to Brazil, and is excited to meet the people and experience the culture, “I’ve heard great things about them both,” she said. 

Most freshmen, sophomores, and those not going on trips stay at school and attend unique classes.  “Students are diverse and have many different interests,” said Winterim class coordinator Greg Beekhuizen, “so a challenge we face every year is making sure we have a wide range of classes.” 

Variety is becoming even more evident as several new classes are being offered this year: Native Americans, Marine Science, Theology and the Christian Life, Crazy Teapots, Leather Working, The Power of Story. A few favorite classes will be returning such as floral design, CERT Training, and MythBuster Science. Sophomore Lucas Hol is taking the Total Outdoorsman class led by Nate Van Wyk. “I’ll enjoy being outdoors, and not in school,” said Hol. “Hopefully it’s not freezing cold like last year.”

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