Friday, June 19, 2015

Comet Skippers host space-themed summer camp

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

La Rep├║blica Dominicana

To celebrate my sister Elise's graduation from Mason High School, my family flew south to the Dominican Republic from June 6-12. We stayed at an all inclusive resort in Punta Cana called the Grand Palladium. This was my second time out of the country and to the Dominican.

Having been born in Miami, Florida, I've always had an affinity for the beach life. It was spectacular to swim and snorkel in the crystal blue ocean water and feel the soft powder sand between my toes. I loved looking up and seeing the massive palm trees tower above me. It felt like home.

I was given the opportunity to practice my Spanish as well. Most of the resort workers spoke little English, so it was fun to practice the language I've been learning in school for the past four years.

While it may sound silly, the highlight of my trip was getting to hold a five month old capuchin monkey named Mia. Monkeys have always been my favorite animal (I have about 30 sock monkeys nestled in a chair in my bedroom) so getting the chance to hold and play with one was a real treat.

Overall, the trip was unforgettable. I would like to thank my parents, Daryl and Kathleen, for allowing me to go. Now check out some multimedia from my trip!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Athletes get first taste of high school soccer in Youth Soccer Camp

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer
High school soccer coaches and camp leaders Paul Reedy and Andy Schur are shooting for adolescents to get involved in their annual Youth Soccer Camp.

The camp is being held from June 1-June 4 at the MHS multipurpose turf field. It’s open to both boys and girls in grades five through eight.

According to Schur, the goal of this camp is to expose the youth to life as a high school soccer player
“We just like to spread the good word about Mason soccer and involve the kids that will hopefully one day become Mason players,” Schur said. “We hope it’s a nice transition piece for the young kids coming through.”

Schur said they initially focus on teaching the basics of soccer.

“We try to put them through typical high school training sessions,” Schur said. “We teach the typical soccer fundamentals: passing, dribbling shooting. More than anything we want them to have fun.”

According to camp volunteer and varsity soccer player, Annie Metzger, it has been a positive experience to help out the younger kids.

“I was looking forward to this camp because I had done it all growing up,” Metzger said. “I was very happy when (Coach Schur) asked me. We’ve had to demo some stuff, set drills up, and lead them. I feel like they’re starting to look up to some of us.”

Metzger said she would recommend this camp to all youth players, based on the wisdom gained.

“It’s a great opportunity because Coach Schur is an awesome coach,” Metzger said. “I think all kids thinking about playing high school soccer should participate.”

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