Article by Phoenix writer Michelle Paszek ’24:
Over the May 21st – 22nd weekend, the KMHS music department sent over 150 students from the high school divisions of the chorus, band, and orchestra on a trip to Pennsylvania and its multitude of attractions.
After arriving at Kellenberg early Saturday morning, the students eagerly loaded onto the coach buses that would take them down to their first stop, the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Here, the ensembles were able to perform their selections at the Kitchen Kettle. First, the chorus sang Keith Hampton’s “Praise His Holy Name.” The orchestra then continued with their rendition of “Vida la Vida” by Coldplay. Finally, the band performed “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical “Wicked.”
Afterwards, the students were given the opportunity to tour the area and learn about the Amish community and culture, before driving to their hotel. The evening ended with the students enjoying the nearby Family Challenge Center, which was filled with exciting activities such as mini-golf, an arcade, and batting cages.
On Sunday, they were able to enjoy Mass together at a local parish, where the chorus treated the parishioners to a performance of a number of their selections including “Praise His Holy Name.” After Mass, they adventured off into Hershey Park, the apparent student favorite.
Junior Matthew Meaney shared, “For me, the highlight of the trip was stepping into Hershey Park, knowing that we had the rest of the day dedicated to just having fun.”
Sophomore Julia Ocasio said, “My favorite ride at Hershey was Candymonium. My friend Maddie and I both said that it was so smooth that it feels like you are flying. Overall, I made great memories on the trip and if I had the chance, I would definitely do it again.”
Later that night, the students returned to Kellenberg by bus, officially concluding their trip.
Mr. Vegas, the music department chairman, shared, “We’re really proud of the students that we have here. From a chaperone’s perspective, it was great to see everyone having fun, being a kid, and enjoying the rewards of the trip because as much as we love showcasing the talents of the kids and the school, it’s meant to be a reward for the kids and all of the hard work they’ve done throughout the year. We’re happy to be able to give them the opportunity to take trips and we’re already looking forward to next year’s.”
Overall, the students had a fun-filled weekend that gave them memories that they will never forget.