At 4:50 A.M. on Saturday, April 14th, the senior class rolled out of New Haven to start their journey to New York. The seniors were gone from the 14th and returned home on Saturday, April 21st. The major stops the seniors took on their journey were the Biltmore Estates in North Carolina and the University of Virginia, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s historic home), and Mount Vernon in Virginia. The seniors then traveled to Washington D.C., including sites like the Arlington Cemetery, the White House, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Monument Tour. They next visited Philadelphia and toured Independence Hall. Their last city to visit was New York City, where they saw Central Park, Top of the Rock, Wicked on Broadway, the 9/11 Tour, Madison Square Garden, the NBC Tour, the Empire State Building, and the Flight 93 Memorial. After New York, they finally returned home.
Natalie Hoerstkamp was asked what her favorite part of the trip was. Natalie replied, “I really enjoyed looking over New York at night at the Empire State Building.”
Liz Hughes was asked if there was one thing she wished the class would have done, what would it be? Liz said, “One thing I would have really enjoyed would have been being able to take a tour of the White House.”
Jake Wilson attended a New York Yankees baseball game. Jake commented, “It was a really nice opportunity and a really fun experience, given the fact that I’ve only been to Busch Stadium.”
When asked what the seniors learned while on this trip, a few seniors responded. Aiden Bailey stated, “there are 400,000 people buried in Arlington Cemetery.”
Emily Knoppe noted, “Something I learned from this trip was that Mount Vernon is not, in fact, a mountain.”
Liz Hughes stated, “I learned many new things, but one thing that specifically stuck out to me is a question that I asked a security guard at the White House. He told me that when the president is in the Oval Office, a marine stands outside the White House on the west side.”
The seniors traveled on the subway in New York to arrive at different locations. Lauren Gerlemann was asked how her experience was and if she liked the subway. Lauren replied, “I’ve never ridden on a subway in such a big city before; however, it’s like what you see in the movies. I saw a lot of people sleeping, some girls doing their makeup, and even homeless people asking us for money. It was quite the experience, to say the least.”
Emma Engelbrecht was asked if she encountered any scary experiences. Emma commented, “Yes. In Washington D.C., a group of us went to a souvenir shop. While looking around, a suspicious man walked in. We didn’t really think much of it, but when I was checking out, the cashier told me that we needed to leave because they had called the cops on this man because they believed that he was going to steal something.”
Kate Ruediger was asked if she experienced anything scary. Kate replied, “I think I witnessed my first drug deal. We were eating at Shake Shack when I went to go use the bathroom. Some guy was in there before me and brought a brown bag with him. When I was about to walk in, another guy came and asked me what time it was, and I just ran away. I assumed he was supposed to go into the bathroom at a specific time to get the brown bag the previous guy had left.”
Furthermore, Lacie Grater, Hannah White, and Kallie Stubblefield had an interesting first night at their hotel in Tennessee. Lacie Grater stated, “The first night we stayed at a hotel, someone knocked on our door at around one in the morning. Hannah had fallen asleep about 10 minutes before we heard the knock, so when she woke up she thought that I had fallen out of my bed. Then she realized that Kallie and I were panicked. Luckily our door was connected to one of the teachers’ rooms, and from there we called the front desk and they sent security up to check on the situation.”
The class of 2018 was asked what they would tell the incoming seniors to prepare them better for next years’ trip, and many responded with helpful tips.
Emily Knoppe stated, “Bring sunscreen, a warm jacket, and don't listen to sweet old ladies who try to sell you bracelets in D.C.”
Emma Engelbrecht mentioned, “Always get up and go with a good attitude, because when you look back on the trip you're not going to remember how tired you were, you'll remember all the wonderful things you got to see along the way.”
Aiden Bailey noted, “Stay off your phone and actually enjoy your trip.”
After a successful 2018 senior trip, the senior class has memories to carry with them throughout their lives. As another trip is in the books, the future seniors are looking forward to making memories next year, as they take on senior trip 2019.