Soap sits for a brief interview to discuss the cool and strange things they're learning in their CSI Concentration. After a long year of virtual learning, meeting new people and taking risks was necessary to jump start excitement for learning and the bright future ahead of them.
Manir sits for a brief interview outside. He discusses his interest in different medical fields and what he is learning about them in his Concentration. He then describes his excitement to returning to school and volunteering in-person, and all the things waiting for him in the coming year.
Students and staff take over the courts for a basketball tournament! Fans crowd the bleachers to cheer on their friends as they compete in a series of games for fun and bragging rights.
Michaela sits for a brief interview to discuss her Medical Rotations Concentration. She shares her excitement for learning about various fields of medicine, volunteering, and what's waiting for her outside EXPLO.
Stokes sits for a brief interview outside on a break from hanging with his friends. He describes his favorite moments from the summer, the things he's learning, and the road trip to visit colleges he's looking forward to on the way home.
Downtown Portland welcomes students with its signature shops, tastes, and sights. They walk with friends on the pier, feast on lobster, try new styles, find souvenirs, and pose for pictures with friends as they experience a new city.
Students enjoy their Friday afternoon before weekend trips. Competing in the Cheese Ball Olympics, telling stories as laughter erupts, and playing endless games of Gaga ball, everyone finishes out their academic week hanging out with friends.
Mya sits for a brief interview on the academic quad. They describe their role in investigating the simulated crime scene set up for their Concentration and their excitement for researching a cold case. Beyond reopening the cold case, they are also opening up themselves, trying new things, meeting new people, getting out of their comfort zone.
Singing rings through the halls when students join together for karaoke. Hiding out from the rain, they sing their favorite Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen songs — and cheer each other on.