Spring Highlights on The Hill
As spring arrives, glimpses of the sun prompt a full strip, down from the four layers of sweaters to t-shirts and tank tops.
As spring arrives, glimpses of the sun prompt a full strip, down from the four layers of sweaters to t-shirts and tank tops. Just after all the snow has melted, and right before the blazing sun rays of the summer, spring is easily one of the best times of the year, especially at Hopkins.
The weather opens the campus up for students to utilize all the outdoor space and many have favorite spots. Cyrus Illick ’19 preferred, “the baseball felds. I like the look of the muddy sand and the quadrilateral shape of the feld.”
Mitchell Delfni ’18 mentioned “The Pit because there is nothing better than playing lacrosse with the boys in nice weather.” Fans flll up the benches under the sun in the spring season to cheer: “I enjoy watching lacrosse with my friends and relaxing on the feld because it is a fast-paced game,” said JR Stauff ’19.
While the stakes were high during the winter sport season, the most heated rivalries in sports emerge, not on the baseball or lacrosse felds, nor on the track, but at the annual Field Day. Two teams battle it out on the hill from individual races, zipping through a bouncy house, to team tug-of-war challenges. Student body President Phil Ross ’16 said, “I like all of the field games, particularly capture the flag. Either flag football or capture the flag are the most popular events. The new activity that we’re going to try to get is live music in the Thompson area. I encourage everyone to come and there will be food trucks!”
There’s nothing like closing up your books, donning your feld day t-shirt, and unwinding before fnal exams begin. “[I like] Field Day, because it is nice to hang out with friends before the stress of exams kicks in,” noted Catey Lasersohn ’19. After a long hot day, there is nothing like sinking your teeth into chocolate-dipped churros or homemade ice-cream sandwiches from the food trucks. “The best part is all the athletic events outside. I’m excited for the new live music and possibly a mechanical bull. I think that this will be a great addition to the day,” added Gigi Speer ’18. “Student Council has been putting a lot of work into this day and we’re trying to find more ways to make it more sustainable and reduce lines at food trucks.”
Each grade gets to enjoy a day away from the books and unwind together on class trips. The freshman will enjoy a day at Six Flags in Agawam, Massachusetts. “I’m most looking forward to the freshman class trip because we get to do something fun as a whole grade,” said Chloe Sokol ’20. “I am so excited to relax, swim, and tan in Watch Hill, Rhode Island,” said Sara Chung ’19.
Though the junior class is still undecided on their destination, the senior class is excited to spend a day in Newport, Rhode Island.
Although times may feel stressful and overwhelming as the school year comes to an end, as students are vigorously trying to fnish their term papers or prepare for the AP exams, the spring season has plenty to ofer. “Despite the increased workload, the beautiful Hopkins spring campus has a way of erasing all your worries and making you feel at ease, at least until you get to your next class,” commented Spencer Lockhart ’18.
Between the pink trees starting to blossom near the soccer felds and the various fowers blooming once more outside the cafe, it is easy to forget those long, wintry nights in January and instead start looking forward to the end-of-year festivities.