By Valerie Werkmeister
History class will never be the same for 14 North Posey High School students. The teens, along with chaperones, history teacher, Brandon Barrett and assistant principal, Erin Koester stepped out of the classroom and traveled to our nation’s capital.
The Viking travelers witnessed the inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Obama on January 21, on jumbotrons at the National Mall. Although they weren’t within viewing distance of the actual event, Barrett noted the sense of excitement in the atmosphere. Viewing the event on jumbotrons ensured they were able to see the entire ceremony, which is something they would have never been close enough to see if they had purchased tickets to try for a closer view.
Their trip began Saturday, January 19, as they flew out of Louisville Airport. Worldstrides, an educational student travel company, coordinated the entire trip. Barrett was very pleased with their program and intends to book future trips with them.
In order to help cut costs, they shared their tour with another school from Bardstown, Ky who had a similar number of travelers. Barrett hopes to have a full number of Viking participants for the next trip now that this one went so smoothly. He hopes to plan future trips to a number of historical sites including Philadelphia and Boston.
Students held fundraisers to help cut the $1,500 trip cost. This included their airfare, hotel stay and any ticket entrance fees that were required.
The group packed in a lot of history during their four-day stay. Some of the sites they were able to see included the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they witnessed the changing of the guard, the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, the Holocaust Museum and Capitol Hill.
Barrett stated that while visiting Arlington, they saw the unexpected arrival of the president’s motorcade.
“We didn’t realize it until afterwards, but the President was there to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” he said.
One of the other highlights of the trip was being able to see the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives and the Kennedy gravesites at Arlington. Watching the changing of the guard at Arlington was also interesting for many of the students.
Students who went on the trip included: Tori Cosby, Jacob Goedde, Hannah Williams, Jordan Frymire, Hannah Hostettler, Kaity Taylor, Lyle Bozarth, Michael Dutton, Ethan Petrig, Jessica Wilkins, Chelsea Pfister, Lauren Gibbs, Clint Hoffman and Sarah Neuffer.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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