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6 of DHS’ Favorite Things to Do Over Break!

From skiing to sleeping, DHS students are determined to make the most of their holidays
Senior Chloe Bortel making the most of her break with her favorite winter sport: skiing! That genuine smile has probably never been seen by her math teachers.

As the first semester of the school year climaxes in early midterms, cold winds, and college admissions decisions, DHS’ students are desperate for holiday break. With the same dedication that they apply to their academics and extracurriculars, DHS’ students are equally determined to make the most of their time off during the holidays.

1. Baking

Senior Remi Repsher says that her favorite part of holiday break is sharing “homemade Christmas treats with [her] family by the fire.”

2. Skiing

Senior Chloe Bortel, a dedicated ballerina at the Darien Arts Center’s Dance Academy, takes a break from her pointe shoes to partake in a different type of sport. When asked what her favorite thing to do over break was, Bortel excitedly said “skiing!”

3. Go into the city

Mackenzie Maier, a DHS senior, says that she loves when “[her] family and [her] go to see the Christmas light show in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.”

4. Spoil your pets

Senior Ashley Clarke’s cat takes a snooze among her cozy winter blankets.

Senior Ashley Clarke says she loves to “pet [her] cat” during the holidays.

Maier suggests the financial benefits to people’s love of their pets when paired with Darienites’ proclivity for vacationing, saying that she enjoys feeding “people’s pets for money” over the holidays.

Cozy winter socks are a must for any students hoping to catch up on sleep.

5. Spend time with friends and family

Senior Rachel Greca says that her “favorite thing to do over Christmas break is to go on adventures with friends because [she loves] spending time with them and being able to take full advantage of the free time!” Clarke agrees with Greca, only leaving her beloved cats to “spend time with family.”

6. Sleep

When asked what she will do over holiday break, Junior Lindy Mueller simply said “sleep.

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Katie Cavolo
Katie Cavolo, Journalist and Newscaster
Katie Cavolo is a senior at Darien High School who began writing for Neirad in 2022. You can find her dancing ballet as a member of the Darien Arts Center Senior Company, leading DHS's Current Literary Magazine as Co Editor in Chief, or hanging out with her friends and family. Katie loves writing, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Her favorite bands are The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Her favorite childhood movies are The Parent Trap and Ella Enchanted.

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