One summer, two outcomes

Story by John David Goins, Staff Writer

A good trip

As sophomore Kelly Burnett boarded the plane to fly home from France, she wished she could relive her trip again. She left on July 10 and returned home nine days later.

“I expected  to be restless on the long plane ride,” Burnett said.

But this wasn’t a surprise, it was her second time to travel to France.

“One of my favorite things in France was the Louvre,” Burnett said. “My other favorite was the Mediterranean sea.”

The Louvre is a museum that features world famous art including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

“You have a deeper appreciation for the culture,” Burnett said after seeing the Mona Lisa. “Last time I was too young and didn’t know as much about the history as I do now.”

While in France, Burnett had the chance to visit the Eiffel Tower.

“The Eiffel Tower was astonishing and the food was great,” Burnett said. “The bread was my favorite. It was all I ate.”

Kelly, her mom, dad and older brother visited many places and things that can’t be found in America like numerous chateaus (castles) that Burnett vividly remembers.

Burnett’s vacation was an amazing one that she will not soon forget.

“It was one of the best times of my life.”

A bad trip

“I thought I was going to have a great time and come home with a tan,” junior Kyndal Goodwin said. On July 17 she went on vacation with her boyfriend’s family.

On the first day of vacation, she was stung by a jellyfish while swimming. To make things worse, Goodwin was coming down with a cold. The next day, the group drove to Universal Studios in Orlando where the temperature was 112 degrees. Goodwin’s fever rose to 103.

“I had to keep going into the restaurants so I could sit in the air conditioning.” Goodwin said. “I felt so sick I was crying.”

That night they went to the doctor and she was diagnosed with strep throat. After taking the medicine that her doctor prescribed, she began to feel even worse. Goodwin later found out that the doctor’s diagnosis was incorrect; she actually had Mononucleosis and Pneumonia.

“I was upset and irritated that I was going to be unable to do anything for the next month or so” Goodwin said.

Goodwin had to spend the last few days of her vacation in the hotel room while her boyfriend and his family were having fun on the beach. When Goodwin returned home, her mom was upset because Goodwin didn’t let her know she was sick while on vacation. For the rest of the summer, Goodwin was grounded from her phone, computer and friends.

“I was upset and angry that I had been grounded when I was sick,” Goodwin said.