RPHS: Turning up the heat
The hot weather is approaching and students are getting ready for RPHS to close its doors for the summer. But as students are busy making plans for their long break, they can’t help but wonder how they will spend their summer days. Not surprisingly, for many students the summer isn’t a time to relax, but a time to stay sharp and productive in a number of areas, including academics, employment and college planning.
With regards to academics, some students will be taking extra courses during the summer in order to prepare themselves for future endeavors. One of those students is Junior Zawatti Hodges, who is planning on attending Upward Bound at Ramapo College. “The purpose of Upward Bound is to provide a college environment in which students will have the privilege to do academic work,” said Zawatti, “but it also gives us something to do and prepares us for the upcoming academic year.”
Some students will also focus on their creative talents, staying artistically sharp throughout the summer months. Students participate in a number of programs specializing in dance, art, media-studies and music. Senior Shyhiem Littlejohn plans to attend the Grammy Camp, a program designed to help students learn about the music industry. “I’m very excited over a chance to further my progress in the music industry,” said Shyhiem. “I think this camp is going to be very helpful and informative.”
There is also the employment option, as many students will stay busy working, whether if it’s for college savings or to earn extra pocket money. “The summer is a time where I work and save,” said senior Christie Encarnacion. “I’m hoping to use the money I earn for college in the future.”
Then there are those who make every effort to lend a helping hand in volunteering and doing community service around the area. “During the summer I’m very busy, but I always find time to do community service,"junior Anthony Peña said. "It keeps me active and it feels good to help others."