Patrick Harper at Forecastle Music Festival, watching Arcade Fire and drinking frozen strawberry lemonade on Sunday, July 14.
Patrick Harper at Forecastle Music Festival, watching Arcade Fire and drinking frozen strawberry lemonade on Sunday, July 14.

Manual students say sayonara to summer

Almost 2,000 students are enrolled at Manual so summer activities range from traveling around the world to hanging out around the city of Louisville. As summer is coming to an end, here is a recap of what students did this summer.



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Nejla Zukic (11, J&C) traveled to Bosnia this summer with her family, to visit her home country and explore the culture.

“It was really cool to be able to travel to my roots and be able to live in my own culture for a big chunk of my summer. It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to go back,” Zukic said.

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Jit Mukerji (10, HSU) traveled to Paris, France this summer with his family.

“It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance,” Mukerji said.

Olivia Couch (10, HSU) in Venice, right after getting to her hotel. After taking this picture, she and her mom went to dinner and went sight-seeing.

Olivia Couch (10, HSU) traveled to Italy with her mom this summer, visiting Venice, Florence and Rome.

“[The cities are] so old so it was really cool to see how everything was built differently,” Couch said.

Bible and Beach (Daytona, Florida)

Bible and Beach is a week-long beach retreat for young people who are members Southeast Christian Church.


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Colin Weaver (11, HSU) and multiple other Manual students are floating on a giant unicorn raft during a day break during Bible and Beach. Weaver makes an annual video as a recap of the week:

Forecastle (Louisville, KY)

Forecastle is an annual three-day music festival located at Waterfront Park in Louisville. Many popular artists are invited and people come from all over to watch them perform. With thousands of people attending, Waterfront is filled with food trucks and glitter from three days of partying.

Patrick Harper (11, J&C) eating a taco out of a food truck on the last day of Forecastle 2018. “It was the best taco I’ve ever had, definitely worth it,” Harper said.

“I’ve never been to a music festival before. I didn’t expect it to be so happy and exciting. The best part of Forecastle was seeing all of the smiles, and all of the stunning [out]fits. The entire festival was a surreal experience,” Harper said.

This video was taken in the third row during the Quinn XCII performance on Sunday, July 14.


Y-CORPS is a 6-month service journey that is kicked off by Y-CORPS Institute in February and ended with a service-trip around the region of your choice. Students enrolled must raise a certain amount of money, ranging from $500-$1,250, and do 50 hours of service work.

Marilyn Buente (10, VA) traveled with the YMCA on a service trip called Y-CORPS around the Bluegrass region.

Maggie Mitchell (12, J&C), Trevor Harry (12, HSU) and Skylar Carroll (11, J&C) went to the National Judicial Competition (NJC) in Chicago, Illinois this summer.

“NJC was a really eye-opening experience for all of us. We’d been doing judicial things in the state for a while, but never on a national scale. Our whole team bonded through the whole experience because of how challenging it was and it definitely made us all better debaters,” Carroll said.

Taylor Swift

On June 30, Taylor Swift came to Louisville on her Reputation Stadium Tour and performed at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

During the song End Game, Taylor Swift’s crew showed impressive visual effects. Photo by Maddie Gamertsfelder.

Featured image taken by Maddie Gamertsfelder.

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Maddie Gamertsfelder, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2019-2020
Maddie Gamertsfelder was a co-Editor-in-Chief on Manual RedEye for the 2019-20 staff. You can catch her on the lacrosse field, at a Y-club meeting, at Blaze Pizza. or hanging out with her friends. You can reach her at [email protected].
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