Academies link up for snowy overnight to UC Davis, Camp Sylvester

At right, Angel Manzo, a junior in Architecture Academy, throws a snowball as Media Academy junior Jerome Pope (left) and Architecture Academy junior Kamossi Brooks (middle) look on at Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest on Dec. 11. The overnight was the first to be organized for two of Fremont's three academies.

Jasmene Miranda

At right, Angel Manzo, a junior in Architecture Academy, throws a snowball as Media Academy junior Jerome Pope (left) and Architecture Academy junior Kamossi Brooks (middle) look on at Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest on Dec. 11. The overnight was the first to be organized for two of Fremont's three academies.

A trip to Camp Sylvester ended up bringing a couple of firsts to Fremont — the first time Media Academy and Architecture Academy combined for an overnight trip and the first time many of the students ever saw snow.

The snow was just a bonus to a December trip designed for juniors to explore colleges and build community.

Thirteen Media Academy juniors and 20 Architecture Academy juniors headed to camp that is located in Pinecrest, about 148.5 miles from Oakland. It is a trip that Architecture students have been taking for years.

“It was fun that we got to meet and get to know the other students,” said Brenda Melendrez of Media Academy.

Donja Williams, another Media Academy junior, said the combination trip for the two academies “actually made it more fun.’’

Jasmene Miranda, the director of Media Academy, worked with Phong Hoang, the director of Architecture Academy, to plan the trip, which also included a visit to University of California, Davis. Students visited the architecture, technology and media departments.

‘’It was exciting; it was something that had not happened in many years, and it let me know the school is moving in a new direction,” said Miranda.

Much of the initial time at Camp Sylvester was filled with cooking, hiking, bonfires and scary storytelling.

But on the last morning of the trip, students woke up to see several inches of snow on the ground. And that’s when the snowball fights and snowman building began.

“I told my friends, ‘This is magical,'” said Architecture junior Adrian Rojas. “That was my first time seeing snow.”