Day at the Bay marks the end of the year

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After a long two weeks of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, what is better than getting to relax at Day at the Bay.

Granite Bay High School traditionally holds a day in May where students have half a day of classes and then are invited to stay and enjoy the rest of the day.

However, students are also allowed to leave campus as soon as classes are over if they choose to, but there is no re-entry into the school.

Activities this year included inflatables, swimming and a dodgeball tournament.

“The inflatables are somewhat an old favorite. They are a tradition,” said junior Jack Lugo the commissioner of the event.

But the food this year was quite popular with the abundance of options, some of them even being free.

“We had hot dogs and quesadillas for free for everyone who came,” Lugo said. “Slushies were for sale, (but) cookies, doughnuts, otter pops and lemonade … were sold by our schools clubs.”

With such a wide variety of food and activities, this day is a highlight for many students. Sophomore Sabina Mahavni loved the activities offered at Day at the Bay.

“The best part this year for me was the volleyball nets. My friends and I played volleyball until the very end,” Mahavni said. “Also, it was fun to watch all the teachers get dunked in the dunk tank.”

Day at the Bay is supposed to be a day where people can relax and hang out for a few hours at school with music. It’s a tease for the upcoming summer.

“My favorite part of Day at the Bay was probably all the inflatables and water and outdoor music. It really gave that summery feel that I love,” Lugo said.

But, like any event, there can always be improvements that will encourage more of the student body to stay and participate.

“It would be much better if they had more food options,” Mahavni said. “For me, since I’m a vegetarian, all I could eat was the cheese quesadilla, which was just a tortilla with very little cheese inside. Also, it would be nice to have healthier food and drink options.”

Increasing the healthy options and the vegetarian options might please more people.

Regardless of all this, Mahavni still plans on attending Day at the Bay next year.

There are some students who decide to leave Day at the Bay and go to the lake instead.
Junior Emily Larson only attended Day at the Bay her sophomore year.

“Freshman year I was sick so I went home but I went last year.” Larson said.
Instead she spends her time at the lake or sleeping after such a tiring few weeks of school.

While Larson plans on attending Day at the Bay her senior year, she hopes to see some change.

“Most of the food costs money besides the hot dogs,” Larson said. “Everything should be free.”

According to Lugo they offered many other free items that people came and enjoyed instead of just the free food.

“People should’ve come because there was a DJ, an open pool, a dodgeball tournament, and free airbrush tattoos,” Lugo said.

This all costs money from the school and Mahavni recognizes that.

“Obviously it’s not free for the school, so we might as well take advantage of the cool things the school provides for us at Day at the Bay,” Mahavni said. “Almost all of my friends went. We all hung out together and had a really good time.”

 

Gazette reporter/Ali Lemos

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