26 Nov 2012

CHS Juniors and Seniors Spend Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C.

CHS juniors and seniors spent their Thanksgiving Holiday in Washington, D.C. where they had the opportunity to experience the Civics and American History they are learning in the classroom up close. A combined total of 248 students from CHS and SJA rode in six passenger buses to DC on Sunday, November 18 and returned on Saturday, November 24.

While in the nationí´s capital, the students had the opportunity to visit some of the countryí´s historical monuments and museums. The group took an illuminated memorial night tour, which included the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. They also visited Union station, the Pentagon Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the FDR Memorial and the MLK Memorial. Along with memorials, the students were able to explore the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Along with visiting historical sites, the participants also had the opportunity to see the American government they are studying in Civics in action. They took a tour of the White House and were able to sit on the Floor of the House of Representatives during their tour of the US Capitol building.

For Thanksgiving, the group took the subway to the Smithsonian museums followed by seeing Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center.

The trip came to a close on Friday after a trip to the Arlington Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves as well as were able to view a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers.   Emily Harrington, Celine Richard, Michael Paul Bienvenu, and Hunter D’Armond were chosen to lay the wreath on the tomb.

While at Arlington Cemetery, the CHS students paid respect to Lt. Michael Scott Lamana, a 1988 graduate who lost his life in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.

CHS teachers who attended the DC trip were Greg Sollie, Drew Losavio, Nancy Patout, Scott Manning, Doug Logsdon, Chad Dupuy and Katie May.