by Claire Milligan / email@example.com & Mary Kate Bandstra / firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were out and about in Pella this summertime, chances are, you saw some PC students working. Whether it was at the local bakeries and restaurants like Pizza Ranch, Georges, Smokey Row or stores like De Bloemen Hof, Fareway, and Thistles, PC students stayed busy all summer long. The number of hours kids put in were also a hefty amount. Nearly 30% of student worked between 21-40 hours per week, while another 20% worked over 40 hours each week.
You might be wondering…did these kids have any fun this summer? Well, that they did. Vacations, adventures, and not worrying about the stresses of school were on every student’s mind. Over half of the students went on a vacation of some sort this summer. Colorado seemed to be the popular destination of most students, but others enjoyed trips to the Ozarks, Minnesota, and California.
Along with the business of vacations, students also found time to relax and enjoy all the sweet aspects of summer. “Eating homemade ice cream and fresh garden produce were my favorite part of summer,” one staff member shared. Days boating on the lake, bonfires with friends, swimming, and even days at home were enjoyed. “This summer, I treated myself. Rest, relaxation, and Netflix were a daily thing,” a senior said.
To end the summertime fun, over half of PC students ventured to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Senior Megan Eveland entered her honey into the competition, and did well in several aspects. “(My honey) got a blue! I also did an Educational Presentation which got a gold seal of excellence!” she said.
Most students were spectators rather than competitors at the Fair. Going to concerts, stuffing faces with overpriced food, seeing the animals and getting free stuff from vendors is what the Fair is all about. Cookies took the #1 favorite food item by PC students. Other classic fair foods were also enjoyed, including apple egg rolls, corn dogs, lemonade, hot beef sundae, turkey legs, and fried Oreos.
Country singer Thomas Rhett was the most popular concert attended along with Brett Eldredge, Casting Crowns, and Florida Georgia Line. While almost one fourth of students spent over $70 at the Fair, the memories and calories were worth it all. “Spending time at the Fair with my friends was my favorite part of summer,” said one sophomore. “It’s the perfect way to close out the summer.”