A summer full of fun


Samantha Corvera

Elizabeth Long, 11, on vacation in Hawai’i.

Summer- the few, golden months within the year that students treasure. There’s no early morning wake-ups for school, extensive time to spend with friends, and overall relaxation from the hectic school year. With the later start of the 2021-2022 school year, Norwin students filled their extended break with experiences they’ll never forget. A collection of students’ photos can be found at the bottom.

This summer, many Norwin students traveled far and wide for vacation. At the beginning of August, Elizabeth Long, 11,  took a family trip to Kauai, Hawai’i. While in Hawai’i, Long tried new things like scuba diving and snorkeling. Seniors Mitch Kenney and Nicole Tougher took an early September trip to Sandbridge, North Carolina. 

“This summer was so much fun,” Tougher said. “I didn’t want this trip to end!”

Although traveling far to try new things is fun, some students enjoyed local activities. Juniors Lindsey Halpern and Amanda Anticole visited the Caffeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg.

“Going to the Cat Cafe was so fun,” Halpern said. “I loved meeting all the cats up for adoption while enjoying a cup of coffee.”

On Aug. 30-31, juniors Abigail and Molly Campbell traveled to New York City to watch world-renowned tennis players in the U.S. Open. Some notable athletes they watched were Naomi Osaka, Daniil Medvedev, and Pablo Carreño Busta.

“It was such a great experience to be able to see our favorite athletes play tennis right in front of us,” said A. Campbell.

From Jun. 18-25, English teacher and cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein attended the 2020 Track and Field Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. However, this was not Fleckenstein’s first time at an Olympic trial. He previously attended the 2012 trials to watch Norwin alumnus  Megan Duncan ‘07 compete.

Students took advantage of the calm, warm Pennsylvania weather by spending a lot of time in nature. Senior Madison Butina went on numerous hikes and visited many local forests. Junior Oliver Hinson biked on the Great Allegheny trail and the C&O Canal Towpath to Washington DC.

“Every part of the biking trip was fun,” Hinson said. “From starting in Pittsburgh and finishing in D.C., there wasn’t a moment I wasn’t smiling.”