Some high school students might use their summer to go to the beach, read a book or just relax. But a Wellington High School junior is going to be a lot busier than that.
First, Nicole Wantlin will head to West Point for a leadership camp starting Saturday where she will live life like a cadet. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied for the camp, and Wantlin was one of 1,000 selected to attend.
She thinks she wants to attend The United States Military Academy at West Point for college, but she wants to get a taste of the cadet life to make sure.
After just a three-day break, Wantlin will fly to Germany for a foreign exchange student program in Bavaria. There won’t be much of a chance to relax in Florida, but she thinks she’ll have enough downtime overseas where she will experience life through the eyes of a German student.
“I’ll just be chilling in Germany instead, so it’s not a bad thing,” she said.
Wantlin will return in late July, but the summer doesn’t end there.
The next stop will be a national rugby tournament in Utah in early August. An avid rugby player, Wantlin wants to continue playing in college, and she expects to get that chance at Army.
It’ll be a busy few months, but her father Burt and mother Deborah are proud. Burt Wantlin’s message to other teenagers is to put themselves out there and try to pick up extra activities in the summer.
Update, 2:20 p.m.: Wellington is expecting about two to four inches of rain in the next 24 hours, which will likely add to the flooding problems in low-lying areas.
But Wellington officials aren’t anticipating much more flooding on the roadways. The minor street flooding in spots has been due to blocked drains, which have been cleared, according to a news release.
Original post: Wellington has avoided much of the widespread flooding problems that other Palm Beach County communities have faced, but all the rain is starting to add up.
There has been some flooding in the southwestern portion of the village — the town’s point of lowest elevation — as 3.1 to 5.1 inches of rain has been dumped on Wellington in the last three days, officials say.
Drainage issues in that area has caused the flooding problems, but officials have been monitoring canal levels and will pump out water at full speed if it becomes necessary.
Some of the unpaved roads in the Equestrian Preserve have also had ponding issues, but no roads are impassable as of noon Wednesday.
Street flooding remains a possibility throughout the rest of the week, especially in low-lying areas like Forest Hill Boulevard near the Wellington Amphitheater.
The village is asking residents to keep their street’s grates clear of debris and to turn off any sprinkler systems, letting the rain water their lawns.
Rain chances will remain high through the rest of the day and week.
The sidewalk on the east side of Binks Forest Drive from Greenview Shores Boulevard to Southern Boulevard will be closed for about five days starting Monday.
Signs are already up to warn residents about the work.
The sidewalk on the west side of Birkdale Drive will also be closed starting Tuesday for about two weeks. Workers will resurface that side before moving to the east side for similar work. The whole project is expected to take about four weeks.
A Palm Beach Post reader took some drone video of the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park in the Acreage.
Construction started in September on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 150-acre shooting range, which will allow practice for Olympic-style shooting events and host hunter safety courses.
Wellington is teaming up with Palms West Hospital to host a drowning prevention event at the village’s Aquatics Complex Saturday.
The event, which was started by pediatric residents at Palms West, is called S.P.L.A.S.H., which stands for “Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy.”
The free event will rum from 9 a.m. to noon. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue workers will be there for a near-drowning demonstration and other vendors will be there to hand out information and answer questions.
There will also be basic CPR training and activities for kids.