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Uniting in Gratitude, Cavaliers Celebrate Thanksgiving

The Class of 2027 spends the fall holidays in all different ways, but all celebrate it with whole-heartedness
Joseph Abrahantes
Spending a day with family and friends, Thanksgiving is a celebration to recall the the memories throughout the year.

As the turkey comes out and is finally placed on the dinner table, the Thanksgiving celebration is a time spent with family and friends. As Cavaliers venture into their get-togethers with who they love, the Class of 2027 spent the long nine-day break in different places, across the world. From exploring new attractions of cities and landmarks, freshmen Valentina Amador, Olivia Mañas, Laila Torres and Zelie Dissaux encountered new cultural experiences during the long-anticipated break.

Valentina Amador

Going through the plan of emotions, Amador gets launched off from the deck as she rides down the zip-line across, viewing the scenery. (Courtesy of Amador)

Experiencing her first Cavalier Thanksgiving, Amador went to the paradise country of Costa Rica. Nurturing her Central American family, she discovered places such as Poás Volcano and Punta Uvita, in the exhilaration of immersing herself into her culture.

However, stepping into the thrill of riding across a zip-line through the lush forests Costa Rica had to offer, Amador grasped the few moments of nature in an adventurous manner.

“I loved being in Costa Rica. It also made me realize how thankful I am for nature and things like that. Thanksgiving is also very important to me, since I get to spend time with my family and really like to grasp how lucky you are to be here,” freshman Amador said. 


Olivia Mañas 

Taking pictures of the gorgeous view from the sea, Olivia Mañas took this photo in memory of visiting for the first time. (Courtesy of Mañas)

Going to Europe to spend her fall experience, Olivia Mañas went to Portugal. As a tourist, she saw the provinces of Lisbon, Porto and Algarve. Visiting the many sites and beaches along the way, Mañas was able to get a taste of Portuguese influence from the Livraria Lleo to the statue of “São Gonçalo de Lagos.”

Being Portuguese herself, Mañas was excited to travel to the Mediterranean climate country for the first time. Since Thanksgiving is all about family, Mañas devoted herself to the beauty of the country of her descendants.

“I thought everything was very beautiful, and I enjoyed it very much. I feel like I was able to capture what I really like about Thanksgiving, such as being with friends and family. As I get to look at these sites, I was also able to spend it with the people that I love, and it was very enjoyable,” freshman Mañas said.


Laila Torres 

Spending her time in the cold. Torres hugs her family in a bonding excursion. (Courtesy of Torres)

Spending her “White Thanksgiving,” Torres traveled to the mountainous state in Colorado. Getting a glimpse of snow for the first time, Torres took it upon herself to try skiing. Although she has never tried snow striding before, as anticipation looked forward, the rush and excitement to travel the slopes increased.

Other than skiing, spending time with family was valuable to her. Whether it was talking to her mother or doing activities with her relatives, Torres spent her time with her cherished ones.

“I am so very thankful that I was able to see snow for the first time and really grasp how beautiful it is. I think Thanksgiving is important since I can spend it with my loved ones and look into who I am grateful for in my life,” freshman Torres said.  

  Zelie Dissaux

Looking at the astonishing views from the Grand Canyon, Dissaux sits down on one of the cliffs towards the layers of red rock. (Courtesy of Dissaux)

Taking an adventure into the Southwest region of the U.S., Dissaux visited the states of Arizona and Nevada to explore the semi-arid climate. Wanting to have this road trip around these states for a long time, Dissaux and her family thought it was a perfect way to spend their holiday. Visiting the Arizonian landmarks of the Grand, Antelope and Horseshoe Canyons, she was also able to stop by the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas, Nev.

Entering the city for the first time, Dissaux saw many unique attractions such as the Madame Tussauds and Titanic Museums alongside “The Sphere”. Even though Dissaux kept her travel group small with just both of her parents, she would not have it any another way.

“I love spending time with my family, since we have a good time together and share blessings. It is also an amazing time to be grateful for everything,” freshman Dissaux said. 

Sharing their wonderful trips with their loved ones, the four freshmen were able to make their break worthwhile. Spending quality time, trying new things and getting out of their comfort zone, the memories of excitement were cherished. With every Cavalier returning on Nov. 27, they will reminisce on memories and wait for the upcoming holiday break.


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Gabrielle Solomon
Gabrielle Solomon, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Gabrielle "Gabbie" Solomon is a freshman in the International Baccalaureate program at Coral Gables Senior High School. As she starts her four year journey in high school, she would love to express herself in her writing, pushing her decision to change CavsConnect. Gabbie enjoys being challenged and that is one of the main reasons she joined the International Baccalaureate program here at Gables. She is passionate about becoming a leader and loves to take charge in important controversial topics most people do not want to address. She looks forward to meeting new people and make long lasting friendships while also excelling academically in all her classes. Other than writing, she enjoys traveling to new places with her family, shopping and architecture. She hopes to write about unique architecture structures as she travels the world.
Joseph Abrahantes
Joseph Abrahantes, CavsConnect Business Manager
Joseph Abrahantes, a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program and second year member of CavsConnect, is excited to come back as the publication's Business Manager. Hoping to work in STEM in the future, Joseph plans to get more involved with the Science National Honor Society as well as Gables' Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics and Enrichment club to further his experience. Additionally, his love for biology has driven him to become a tutor with Gables’ Interact club. Joseph fuels his academic spirit with his 10 hour long playlist, ranging from Kendrick and Baby Keem to Doja Cat and SZA, whose songs he knows by heart.
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