The next day, they leave for Asheville, North Carolina, to tour the Biltmore Estate. On Monday, the seniors depart from Asheville on at 7:45. Later that day, the students will tour the Montello, then head towards Washington, DC, to tour various monuments. Julie Moeckli says, “I hope to learn more about my country's history and about the history of the Capitol and White House.”
Tuesday, they spend the entire day touring Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums, and the White House. Dylan Goodwin says, “I’m interested in learning about the history of the White House.” The last thing the seniors do that day is the group dinner at the Chinese restaurant, which is a long-standing tradition.
Wednesday, the group leaves for New York City. On the way to New York, the bus will stop in Philadelphia for a tour of Independence Hall. The seniors will arrive in New York just in time to check into a hotel, visit the Top of the Rock, and attend the Broadway show “Wicked.” Tenille Duessler says, “I’m excited to get out of the small town and be in a big city for awhile; also, seeing Broadway will be sweet! Awe, yeah!”
Thursday, in New York, the 2015 class will have an early start when some students choose to go to the Today Show. Brandon Carey says, “I hope my parents see me on TV!” After they return from the Today show, the students will get ready to go meet their tour guide for the tour of lower Manhattan, including visits to the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Chinatown, and the 9/11 Memorial. Erica Kotthoff stated, “My biggest fear is that I’m going to get hit by a taxi, or get a ticket for jaywalking on our tours.”
After the tours the students are left with some free time in the afternoon and evening. Cortanie Gale says, “I am excited to learn more about myself mostly. I am also excited to learn more about some of my senior class while bonding one last time before we graduate, and learn the history of the towns and cities I visit.”
After all the excitement in New York, the students depart at 7:30 AM. As they head towards New Haven, they will make one stop to spend the night in Columbus, Ohio. They plan to depart again by 7:00AM the very next morning and arrive back home by 3:00 on Saturday, May 25th. Beth Schenck said, “I am literally excited about everything except the long bus rides on the way there and back!”
The seniors have worked hard for this opportunity since freshman year. They sold fruit and magazines and worked at the concession stand for sports events. They have looked forward to this trip for years and are now counting down the days until they get to leave for the big city.