By: Kate Davis ‘18
During the Cheshire Academy spring break, several students took the opportunity to travel with their peers to interesting places.
Players from both the varsity baseball and junior varsity baseball teams, headed down south to Emerson, Georgia for their first tournament of the season. Head Coach Mr. Toffey explained: “We had fifteen games over the ten day trip. The Cats enjoyed a tremendous amount of success making the semi-finals of the Perfect Game National High School Showdown in Georgia. The tournament featured eighteen top baseball programs from Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.”
Following this tournament, the team traveled to Fort Pierce, Florida for the remaining days. The boys continued their trip by playing eleven more games against other competitive schools and baseball academies.
The varsity softball team played in an intense tournament in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Over the course of the week, the Cats played four games against teams from Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Additionally, they had multiple practices a day. When not on the field, the girls spent time by the pool and at Walt Disney World. Captain Hannah Gailey ‘17 said: “Going to Florida was a week well spent and was great for team bonding!”
The girls’ varsity lacrosse team, two coaches, and three parents flew down to Costa Rica. This trip was a combination of pre-season workouts, a community service opportunity and lots of fun! In Samara, Costa Rica, the girls had several practices and a scrimmage against two teams. They also spent a good amount of time at Escuela PTO Carillo, a pre-K to seventh grade school, where the team helped repair the grounds and shared their passion for lacrosse through multiple self-run clinics. Julia Rafferty ‘18 said, “The Costa Rica trip was an amazing way to not only spend beautiful days on the beach, but more importantly be immersed into a welcoming and free culture.”
Peru Service Trip
Lastly, a group of eleven students and four faculty members traveled to Peru for a community service trip. Here the students spent ten days constantly exploring and taking part in multiple community service projects. Ella Hampson ‘18 explained, “ The trip to Peru was a terrific experience that taught me a great deal about helping others. While living with our host families in the high mountains, I had an amazing time learning about the community’s history and culture. While digging at the work site, the village chefs would bring us lunch and we would eat looking over the beautiful valleys.” She, along with the other students and faculty who attended, really embraced and enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience! Even when the Cheshire Academy campus is closed for vacation, students still are able to volunteer, train for sports and be immersed in new cultures. Check out photos from Richard Yang ’18 on the CA ScratchUp Blog.