The Junior class, led by Mr. Ramkissoon, left campus for their annual trip to the East Coast. When the itinerary was in development Mr. Ramkissoon asked the Sophomores where they would like to go on the History trip. The class asked to go to the Philadelphia Zoo, the first one in the nation. This was their first stop. After lunch students visited Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution.
Then the tour went to relive life on a World War II battleship: U.S.S. New Jersey and then on to Arlington National Cemetery and watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. The rain stopped long enough for the class to attend a Marlins-Nationals game at National Park.
The next day students went to the Newseum, a perennial favorite with time in the afternoon to explore some of the various Smithsonian museums. Before exploring on their own the class all went to the American History Museum to see the original Star-Spangled Banner. In the evening students enjoyed a walking tour of these memorials: FDR, MLK, Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam War.
This year the tour includes visiting the U.S. Capitol and paying a visit to the Senate Chamber gallery. Other places to see are the U.S. Capitol grounds, Grant Memorial, Supreme Court building and the Library of Congress. To finish the day students will tour the home of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
The final day of sightseeing includes a visit to the U.S. Navy Memorial and the International Spy Museum. After lunch the final place of interest is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. There will be a brief tour of the main house and of the gardens.