YOUTH LEADERSHIP BLOG: History & Geography Day

Lillie Yazdi, Daphne High School, 11th Grade

September 18, 2018

Today, was our first "official” ESYL program day! For the month of September, the theme was "history and geography”. I felt that this was an amazing way to start off our year with the program. What better way to increase our leadership abilities within the community by learning the history of it, becoming enriched with its culture, and knowing who and what is in our community.

Our day started off with a bus ride over to downtown Fairhope to do an on-foot scavenger hunt. Our boundary line was from Coastal Alabama Community College all the way to the Fairhope Pier. It may not sound like a lot to walk, but once we started we were already sweating. With our numbers being so big, we were divided up into smaller groups to make it a competition, and to also know each other better. The group I was placed in couldn’t have been any better.  We all worked cooperatively together, around Fairhope, to solve our "riddles” and try to finish first. My group walked over 3 miles! When I tell you we were drenching in sweat, I mean it looked like we had jumped in a pool (which one of my team members, Wyatt, technically did when he ran through the splash pad). Sadly, we weren’t the first group to finish, but I did learn so much about the history of Fairhope!

After concluding our morning in Fairhope, we ate sandwiches from the Honeybaked Ham, hopped on the bus, and went to Blakeley State Park. In my U.S. history class, we had read about Blakeley State Park and its significance in the civil war. I had never been there before, so I was really excited to go. When we arrived, a tour guide hopped on our bus and we toured around the park. It was so beautiful and hearing the history behind it made it seem even more amazing.

At the beginning of the day, I was a bit apprehensive about how it was going to go. I had only met the other members one time before, and I really hadn’t made any strong friendships yet. Throughout my time spent with the others, we all bonded and laughed about the most random things that you would have thought we had known each other for years. It was a great way to start off our series of "seminar days” and it makes me excited for the next one!

Lillie Yazdi, Daphne High School, 11th Grade

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