Sopho­more class hikes to Pin­na­cle

Trip is part of ‘ Into the Wild’ read­ing as­sign­ment

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Va­le­ria Amato Ham­burg High School stu­dent re­porter

On Fri­day, Oct. 20, Ham­burg Area High School took the en­tire sopho­more class on a hike to the Pin­na­cle, which is a lo­cal high point on the Blue Moun­tain ridge.

The trail’s lo­ca­tion on the Ap­palachian Moun­tains causes for an ex­traor­di­nar­ily breath­tak­ing view.

The stu­dents hiked 8.4 miles to the Pin­na­cle on one of the mul­ti­ple routes. They ex­pe­ri­enced var­i­ous trails that were rocky, steep, and dis­played the beau­ties of na- ture. Sopho­mores were able to be ex­posed to the wild plants and an­i­mals, along with streams and the dis­plays of na­ture the moun­tain had to of­fer.

The pur­pose of the hike was not only to di­vulge the stu­dents to the Pin­na­cle, but the trip was tied in with as­sign­ments within their English classes. The stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enced the con­di­tions that the char­ac­ters within the novel that they will be­gin to read, “Into the Wild” by Joe Krakauer also came across. They were ex­pected to record ob­ser­va­tions and take pho­tos of their sur­round­ings to as­sist their fu­ture writ­ing as­sign­ments in their classes deal­ing with the novel.

The an­nual hike to the Pin-

na­cle was fa­vored and en­joyed by the at­tend­ing stu­dents and fac­ulty, in­clud­ing sopho­more Madi­son Boyer who de­scribed the hike as “chal­leng­ing at first, but ex­tremely worth­while.”

Many stu­dents ap­preci- ated the hike and want to visit the Pin­na­cle again.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CHRIS BEISSEL

The Ham­burg sopho­more class hiked to the Pin­na­cle on Oct. 20as part of an English class as­sign­ment. They will be read­ing “Into the Wild.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CHRIS BEISSEL

The Ham­burg sopho­more class hiked to the Pin­na­cle on Oct. 20.

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