Cincinnati Trip

Saturday October 1, I packed a back pack with some overnight essentials, and went to church at 6.15 to meet up with my youth group (known as momentum). For $30, I got the opportunity to go to Cincinnati, Ohio! We left the church around 6.30, and drove for about 3 hours until we made it over to the creation museum in Kentucky. We spent several hours here, and I walk around with two girls named Allison and Cami, as well as one of our leaders called Ryan. The museum talked about evolution through the Christian perspective and it was really cool to see what they believe in. I did not know that there was a fully developed theory. I had some good chilli at the restaurant there. 
After the creation museum we went over to the place we were going to sleep during the night - motel 6. A lot of the girls freaked out and said that there were lice, and that the bedding was not washed. I was the only one willing to touch the blanket. I did not think about bringing my own.
After that we went to eat. I joined a couple of people over at Chipotle. My first time! I had a bowl with beaf. Really enjoyed it!
Then we went to "Dave & Busters", an arcade and bar. At first it appeared to be a place only for adults - the music was loud, people were drinking.. but it ended up being really fun. Juwanna, another other exchange student who is from Bahrain, and I shared a token card so that we could play games. We won some candy. It was yummy!
The girls in my room and I stayed up late and just talked. It was nice.
Saturday October 2, I woke up and went to eat breakfast at MC Donalds. Then we went to Crossroad church, which offered a lot of good music. We ate lunch at Skyline Chili.. It was amazing. I hope to bring my family there when they come see me. After lunch, we went to watch a baseball game - Reds vs. Cubs. Thought I knew the rules but it was more complicated than I thought. Not much happened during the game in my opinion. The car ride home was long, and we stopped to get Subway. I tried the vegeterian one, it was good! We also had walkie-talkies in the vans. Some people sang into the walkie-talkies and I grabbed it and spoke Swedish. Pretty funny in my opinion. I think I came home from this action packed weeend retreat around 11.30.

The evening of homecoming

September 30


The school held a small parade after school. Every grade had their own float, and the people on homecoming court were riding in convertables. 


Tailgate and Dairy Queen

After the parade, you could buy food at school. Although my friends Lauren, Hannah, Kylie, Ryan and I went to Dairy Queen instead.


Car smash

Students were able to let their anger out before the homecoming game by participating in the SADD smash-a-car event. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a student led group that does monthly activities around the school to promote making good life decisions. The smash-a-car fundraiser was a huge success and SADD was able to earn a large amount of money to put towards their monthly activities in the school and community.


Homecoming game

1...2...3.. and so we all threw baby powder and confetti in the air. Confetti which I, a week later, still am trying to clean of my body. When I look back on my years of high school - this is what I will remember. The moment when we all stood and jumped up and down on the bleachers and screamed our lunges out, leaving me with a slight fear the ground would bend beneath us. This is what it is like to be a bulldog - we are fighters, we are champions. We are united.

This year's prom king and queen (selected between the seniors) were Lexi Bolinger and Whitney Harris.



When the game was over, the students walked into the gym, where Campus Life had built a clubbe - a club in a bubble. It was built using plastic wrap and tape, creating a cupole.

The night was spent dancing, smashing flour, water and diapers with a baseball bat, eating bananas without the use of our hands and competing against the other grades through different tasks like whoever takes of their shoe laces the fastest and placing your sock in someone else's mouth. The only down side of the clubbe was that with so many students in such a close space, the temperature got really high, and the smell quite stinky..


And the day after I had to be at church 6.15.. So I just took a well needed shower and went to bed.