Rest and Relaxation

  • Scenic View at Loveland Ski Resort in Colorado
  • Scholar Richie and his girlfriend Kailyn at the top of Camelback Mountain

The college years provide opportunities that are certainly hard to come by later on in life when things like jobs, families, health, etc., become a major focus and require significantly more time and dedication. A handful of our Evans Scholars have been able to take some amazing trips this spring break and truly take advantage of the opportunities provided to them by Michigan State University and this prestigious Scholarship. During this year's spring break, our Scholars were present in three different continents. The rest of this news story then, will be directed toward highlighting a few of the excellent endeavors taken on by the Michigan State Evans Scholars during this week of rest and relaxation.

Scholars Matthew Juckno, Brenden Lemp and Jeffrey Lorencen headed out west to Colorado and got to visit with our friends, the Colorado Evans Scholars, while spending a night at their chapter house in Boulder. The Colorado Scholars were generous hosts and even took our Scholars to a University of Colorado men's basketball game. For the remainder of the week, these MSU Scholars enjoyed skiing and snowboarding at Loveland and Wolf's Creek resorts, hiking various trails in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and attending a Colorado Avalanche hockey game.

One of our seniors, Richie Wieczorek, also headed to the western United States, but his destination was the great state of Arizona. Richie began the week in Scottsdale, where he hiked 2,707 feet to the top of Camelback Mountain. They he traveled to Sedona were he was able to take a tour through the majestic red rocks in Coconino National Forest. Time in Arizona was also spent watching a thrilling baseball game in Mesa Arizona between the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and the Italian National Team. Team Italy won in the bottom of the ninth inning on a two-run home run for a final score of 7-6!

Transitioning to another continent, Scholars Martha Ramsey and Katie Kurilko took on Western Europe. They traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and France enjoying sights, sounds and tastes like Buckingam Palace, the Eiffel Tower and the famous Belgium waffle.

Representing the MSU Evans Scholars in South America, Elisha Dryden traveled for 22 hours en route from East Lansing to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Elisha is a Spanish major so the trip gave him the ability to practice the language with the native people of Argentina. Elisha and his girlfriend took an 18-hour bus ride in order to see the largest and most impressive waterfall in the world, Iguazu Falls. The falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The rest of the week was well spent touring Argentina and doing quite a bit of sight seeing.

Finally, quite a few of our Scholars traveled to the Sunshine State for a much needed hiatus from our cold Michigan winter. Scholars occupied a large portion Florida, as they relaxed everywhere from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale to Siesta Key to Panama City to Fort Myers to Venice and a handful more. Much time was spent with friends, enjoying the sun, sand and salty ocean water.

In the end, whether our Scholars were at home enjoying the week with their family or were halfway around the world, spring break offered a time to recharge the batteries and prepare for a great ending to the semester. All of these trips and time to rest was made possible in some shape or form by Mr. Chick Evans and the Evans Scholars Foundation. Thanks Chick!