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Summer Bucketlist

The sound the splashing water makes when you are desperate to cool down, the joy and happiness children have, finally playing outside in warm, sunny weather, the quiet, peaceful teenagers laying out and tanning, hoping to get some color after being trapped in school is all approaching quickly. Summer break must be taken advantage of since the last nine months have been all about hard work and determination. However, one may wonder how they should maximize their three months of freedom.

Lucy Gabel ’25

Fortunately, every Grosse Pointer has the choice between a more natural, suburban setting, and an urban, lively one. Spending a day traveling downtown and exploring Detroit is a must. The unique culture the city portrays is one that many metro Detroiters take pride in. There are plenty of shopping opportunities with a restaurant-style to fit any need. When you decide to spend a day in the city, plan accordingly; make sure to check if a Tigers game is on schedule. The environment of a Tigers game is one that you will remember forever and be reminded of each time you see the massive Tiger statue outside Comerica Park.

Either before or after your trip to Detroit, make sure to enlighten yourself with the beauty of nature on Belle Isle. Belle Isle is very unique to the Detroit area and has benefits compared to the public parks in Grosse Pointe. There are no residents that occupy the island and it is completely empty at night. This allows for the area to sustain the health of nature that attracts so many visitors. On the island, there is a beach, golf range, softball diamonds, boat club and gazebo, all amenities that make up a perfect outing for all ages and interests.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy things and experiences that contribute to happy memories. Therefore, a summer job is crucial. Summer is a perfect opportunity to involve yourself in the community and apply for a job. If you are 15 and older, lifeguarding is probably the best option. Although certification is a lengthy process, having that knowledge will be beneficial. If you want to pick up babysitting jobs in the summer as well, parents are always more willing to hire you if you know CPR and other life-saving techniques. Lifeguarding is a perfect way to maximize your time outside. Instead of sleeping in and missing a beautiful day, you are on the clock, in the sun, interacting with your coworkers who eventually become your friends.

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Lucy Gabel '25
Lucy Gabel '25, Copy Editor
As an adventurous second-year staffer, Lucy Gabel ’25 will be taking on the role of a copy editor in addition to her extracurriculars and life outside of school. A ten-year softball player, Gabel is an avid lover of exercise and working out. This year will be her third season playing for South’s Varsity Softball Team, and she’s looking forward to returning to the field. In addition to her many school activities, Gabel is always trying to find balance through hanging out with friends and relaxing while watching “Gilmore Girls.” “When I’m not doing school, or hanging out with friends,” Gabel said. “I try my best to prioritize time by myself.” What she’s most excited about, though, is another year on Tower building her journalism skills and writing stories. “I like learning new things about people and shining a light on their stories.”

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