New grads share their summer plans

Placer High School Class of 2009
By: Preston Melbourne-Weaver Journal correspondent
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For most teens, getting a job or traveling may be the typical summer plan. For others, focusing on a sport occupies most of their vacation. Following are four profiles on 209 Placer High graduates’ summer activities. Setting and spiking his way to college Jeff Patton plans to spend every day until early July bumping, setting and spiking it for the Northern California Volleyball Club.  “We practice three to four times a week for about two- to two-and-a-half hours,” Patton said. “I really don’t do anything else.” For the summer, his club has two trips planned, each consisting of a four-day tournament. The first, held in Anaheim June 19-22, will be good preparation for the big summer event of club volleyball, the Junior Olympics. Every year, the Junior Olympics, or J.O.’s for those involved in the volleyball world, take place in a different major U.S. city. This year it will be held in Atlanta from July 1-5, and the club is making the players foot the travel expenses. “My parents are paying for all the travel expenses, but I have to reimburse them for as much as possible,” Patton said. “Basically, I am their slave for the summer.” After the volleyball season, Patton plans to play volleyball in Southern California for Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. He played for Placer High’s boys volleyball team last season, which went all the way to the Sac-Joaquin section finals, ending the season ranked third in the section after starting out as the lowest ranked seed. Graduate finds working locally a unique experience Having a summer job can be an interesting experience for any teen, but having a local job in the tight-knit community of Auburn is an experience like none other. Between the Downtown business community’s barter bucks, and the family atmosphere, working at the Pizza Place has been a great experience for Ian Haydon.  Haydon, who has been working at the Pizza Place since the first day of last summer, spends about 20 hours a week working at the pizzeria.  “Over the summer break I should make around $1,200 working half time, most of which I will either spend on gas or save,” Haydon said. He said that working for a locally owned business has been a great experience. “The most interesting part of my job has to be the people I work with, and getting an inside perspective on the Downtown business community,” Haydon said. “All the different businesses have store tabs with each other. The owner of the Monkey Cat will come in and put it on his tab, and my boss will go to the Monkey Cat and put something on his tab.” Haydon said the 20 hours a week that his job occupies does not get in the way of his social life as a teen. “It’s just something I have to work around,” Haydon said. With the current economic crisis, having a job makes Haydon one of the lucky ones.  “I’m privileged to have any job at this point,” he said. Graduate spends summer relaxing, hanging out In this slumping economy, it’s a difficult task for teens to find a job. From the lack of positions available to the increased competition for each job, many teens search for work and come back with nothing. That leaves them with a whole lot of time to do whatever they like, which is exactly what Lane Turner has been doing. “On an average day, I get up around 11, then turn on the TV,” Turner said. Turner is technically employed, but his job has been giving him significantly fewer hours than before.  “I used to work once every Saturday at Bootleggers, but they’ve cut back on bus boys and now I work once every two weeks,” Turner said. That leaves him ample time to go fishing, golfing, and mountain biking or just hang out with friends.  “I’m trying to take it all in, hang out with friends I’ll probably never see again,” Turner said. “Most of my friends are in Germany (on the foreign exchange trip). It’s unfortunate, but I still have some good friends here.” Turner has been looking for a job offering more hours, but said it hasn’t been going well. To distract himself from the boredom, he has been playing guitar often, and plans to write some music with his band, Silas Dunzmore, over the break. Or he might just pick up a book. “I like biographies, real stuff, reading about what people did,” he said. Europe beckons for former football star For many recent high school graduates, summer vacation provides an opportunity to pack their bags and explore new lands. This is something Jon Slane has been looking forward to since last year, when he started saving up for his Europe adventure. “I plan on going around to the different major cities, like Berlin, Munich, Rome, Paris, checking out the artifacts and stuff,” Slane said. “A little bit is laid out, but I can veer away from that at any moment.”  His plane leaves on June 28 and he plans on trekking around Europe for 45 days. When he gets there, he will meet up fellow Placer High football standouts Matt Ross and Jordan Arndt, who took part in the German exchange program put on by Placer High.  To finance the trip, Slane has been working at Ace Hardware for the past two years. He said he’ll be paying for about 85 percent of the trip.  “I paid for transportation and everything.” Slane said.  Slane will return on Aug. 13, and plans to attend Sierra College. He hopes that his job at Ace Hardware will be waiting for him upon his return. Correspondent Preston Melbourne-Weaver, a 2009 Placer High grad, is interning this summer at the Auburn Journal.