Riders experience roller coaster adventures



This summer, junior Amanda Graziano decided to take on Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and North America’s fastest roller coaster, located in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

“When I went to New Jersey this summer, I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to ride the world’s tallest roller coaster,” Graziano said. “I’ve heard so many people talk about it and I have always loved roller coasters.”

Graziano said she was very nervous before going on the ride but was calmed down by her friends.

“I was having second thoughts while waiting in line and started to get very anxious, but my friends me made feel better about going on it and I ended up going,” Graziano said. “It was over so quick there wasn’t enough time to think about how scared I was while I was on the ride.”  

Every April, members of DECA attend International Career Development Conference (ICDC) and while they are on this trip, they take the students to a theme park for one day. DECA teachers, like Kim Zocco, chaperone this trip. They believe theme parks are a great place to take students after working hard that weekend.

“We love taking students to theme parks since there is such a wide variety of things to do there for everyone,” Mrs. Zocco said. “Since ICDC is in Atlanta this year, we thought it would be fun to take the students to Six Flags Over Georgia.”

Mrs. Zocco said she enjoys rides and is excited to go around with the other DECA teachers to walk around the park.

“I love going on roller coasters and it’s so great to enjoy a day at the park after a long weekend of helping the students compete,” Mrs. Zocco said.

Junior Christopher Machado describes the adrenaline rush that comes from going on roller coasters as a feeling like no other. Machado said he enjoys the feeling of being whipped around sharp corners, the g-force of flipping upside down and the stomach-dropping plunges down steep slopes on roller coasters.

“Going on crazy roller coasters creates such a unique feeling in your body,” Machado said. “It’s one of the best feelings; it’s like you’re flying.”

The first adventurous ride Machado went on was The Hulk in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and he said it immediately became his favorite ride.

“There is no better feeling than the sensation of your cheeks being stretched back and your body being thrusted into your seat while blasting off on The Hulk,” Machado said. “That was my first time experiencing something extremely exhilarating and it was so amazing.”

Unlike Machado, sophomore Sophie Solarana does not enjoy going on roller coasters. She said she despises the feelings she gets while being flung around on rides.

“I have never been a big advocate of roller coasters,” Solarana said. “They make me feel super nauseous and always give me a headache.”

Solarana said she has a fear of heights, so tall rides cause her to to be overcome with a great deal of fear as she looks down.

“The worst parts are going up and going down,” Solarana said. “The idea of being able to look down and see the whole theme park scares me and the feeling I get while dropping makes me feel so dizzy.”

Solarana had a field trip to a theme park two years ago, and even though most of her friends were going, she did not attend the trip.

“I didn’t go on field trips to theme parks to avoid the pressure my friends put onto me to go on the rides,” Solarana said. “I also didn’t want to be alone waiting for all my friends to get off the ride.”

After going on Kingda Ka, Graziano said that ride gave her such an empowering feeling and she would recommend it to any extreme thrill seeker.

“Kingda Ka was such a unique ride and is most definitely the craziest roller coaster I’ve ever been on,” Graziano said. “It was such an exhilarating experience that I will never forget.”

Graziano is still in shock that she actually went on Kingda Ka and said that she doesn’t remember most of what was happening while she was on the ride, but she definitely enjoyed the experience.

“I can’t believe that I went on the tallest ride in the world,” Graziano said. “It felt like a huge blur, especially while I was going up and down. When I was at the top, however, I was able to look down for a split second and see how high up I was; it looked way higher than it did from the bottom.”

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