#1StudentNWI: Summer Equals Fun at Valpo High School

By: Malika Saxena Last Updated: July 17, 2015

Fun in Spain!!

As the school year nears to an end, each student becomes filled with excitement for vacations, road trips, late nights, and simply a time to make unforgettable memories with friends and family. A few graduated seniors, this summer, had the experience of a life-time which included all of these things. During a ten day trip to Spain, students tried new foods, learned about local culture and history, spoke in Spanish, and saw beautiful sights. They travelled to Madrid, Toledo, Avila, Santiago de Compostella, A Coruna, and Salamanca by bus and made the most of this incredible trip.

“This trip to Spain was an excellent way to experience Spanish culture first-hand. From touring the beautiful, ancient cities, to enjoying the nightlife, every single moment spent there was a memorable one,” says Archita Vohra, a soon-to-be Indiana University freshman, “I hope to return one day and study abroad through IU’s program.”

HOOSIER GIRLS STATE

Last month, six Valparaiso High School girls-- Mycah Houser, Rachel Wilburn, Jenna Miller, Brittany Brice, Katie Kirk, and Jane Tullis--had the honor of attending Hoosier Girls State, a weeklong program which educates young women in the responsibilities of citizenship. During Girls State, students began their days as early as 6 am and ended at 11 pm. They each had important roles within the made-up city, county, and state. These roles included mayor, treasurer, city judge, city councilman, prosecuting attorney, sheriff, coroner, governor, and more.

“It was a great learning experience! I learned about government, especially in Indiana. We learned a lot of specifics through both being taught and actually playing roles in our government,” says Jane Tullis, “Overall, I’m happy I got the privilege to go.”

“When I first found out that I was selected for it, I was really excited because I have heard nothing but good things about it. At that time, I didn’t know what exactly we did there or what happened there so I was really nervous. But when I got there, I learned a lot about U.S. citizenship in general. I met a ton of girls from all over the state who I became very close with. I would have to say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had!” says Brittany Brice, “I couldn’t thank the Legion Women’s Auxiliary enough for this amazing opportunity.”

VHS Speech and Debate heads to Dallas!

While many of us spent the first week of summer doing absolutely NOTHING, (and loving it!) some students spent the first week of summer preparing for a competition they’ve been waiting for all year: Nationals. This weeklong, nerve wracking tournament took place in Dallas, Texas, and it was one fun trip. VHS qualified five students in Congress, Domestic and International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Lincoln Douglas. They also took three students to compete in World School’s Debate against students from different countries!

Amber Tan, a Congressional Debate qualifier, says, “Nationals was the best experience of my debate career as I got to meet new, different competitors, many of whom are now friends of mine, even though they live halfway across the country.”

“This was my second year at nationals and I can honestly say that each year, the experience gets better and better. I love meeting people that are so hardworking and passionate about their events. It’s cool competing with the best of the best and learning how to improve,” says senior Sarah Kawamleh, “I’m blessed to have had such an educational and exciting experience with my teammates and friends and I cannot wait until next year!”