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9th-11th Grade Retreat

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JUPITER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, October 11, 2023 – School is important for the growth of every student, but taking a break at school to relax, have fun, and grow closer together is very important, which is exactly the point of the High School Retreat.

I interviewed Joe Licata about the 9th-11th grade Retreat, and learned more about how the Retreat went for different people. Before I jump into the details of the day though, I will provide a little background about the High School Retreat. The 9th-11th grade Retreat took place on a half day at the end of the first quarter while seniors were off taking SATs. The purpose of the Retreat was to give students a chance to become closer and as a milestone for completing the first quarter.

Lots of planning from many people went into the High School Retreat, including setting up games for chapel, ordering enough donuts for all the students, and setting up the waterslides on the field. On the students’ side leading up to the Retreat, many students didn’t go because it was the last day of the quarter, but Joe says, “I think everyone who went had a good time.”

The day started off with chapel. Joe says that one of his highlights was winning a chapel game along with his friend Caden Alula, and receiving a giant bag of candy that was immediately divvied up by the football team. After a message and a few other games, the students went out to the courtyard, ate donuts, and then got on the field. Once on the field, students could go on water slides, play slip-n-slide kickball, spikeball, football, or volleyball, or just mess around with friends.

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Faculty and students alike had a blast on this half day relaxing and taking a break from lessons, making it a memorable Retreat for everyone. The Retreat was a success! We hope even more students choose to attend next year. They are certain to have a great time!

 

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Ben Weda
Class of 2026 Student Journalist
Ben Weda has been a student at Jupiter Christian School for 10 years and is a journalist for Jupiter Christian’s newspaper ‘The Beak." Over the years, Ben’s friends have given him many nicknames, ‘Big Ben’ being the one that really stuck over the years. Ben plans on graduating in 2026 and would like to attend a Christian college. He will most likely pursue a career in law enforcement or engineering. Ben was born and raised in Florida and has never moved out of the state. Over the past 3 years, Ben has become involved in Track and Field, Cross Country, Football, and Wrestling, and enjoys doing sports year-round. Outside of school, he enjoys working out, reading and eating good food. So far, Ben’s favorite travel destination has been his grandparents' home deep in the mountains of North Carolina, which he has been visiting since the age of 3. Ben has several chickens, as well as a white and grey cat named Oliver Twist. Ben volunteers at his school during chapel helping to run the audio-visual equipment as well as setting up and tearing down chapel. His favorite Bible verse is Psalms 121:1-4, "I lift my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep."
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