5/22/2017 - Saturday and Sunday were departure day for many of the Upper School classes. Read below for an update from the classes that have already hit the road!
The first thing we see besides our hotel is the Washington Monument. We all disperse around the base taking pictures of each other and the monument, and then we sit and take a break from the semi-hot sun. Then starts the walk across the National Mall. The next stop is at the WW2 memorial. Mrs. Russell tells us about how we must practice “quiet observation skills” as we walk through the stone structures. We stay quiet the whole time, taking pictures as we go. Many saw ducks, names of States carved into the granite, and the peaceful fountain that flowed in the center. - By Sydney DiGiulio, 8th Grade Student
After we dropped our bags at the hotel, the class and faculty set off to see many sites, memorials and monuments. A couple included the Changing of the Guard that took place at Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln memorial. At the Lincoln Memorial, we learned many fun facts and saw excerpts of Lincolns' most famous speeches on the wall. At the Changing of the Guard, we saw very professional military men drilling in a ceremonial fashion to change the man guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier. Overall, the first day of our DC trip went very well! Keep us in your prayers for the next week! - Katie Crowley, 8th Grade Student
This Virginia trip seems to be really exciting and fun — even our first day just driving down here! During the eleven hour car ride, we all had a blast and the time went by very quickly. Although it was pretty tight in the car with little leg room, we got along well. This was a time for all of us to bond and really get to know each other under different circumstances than the normal classroom. We finally arrived here in Chincoteague Bay, VA, after countless laughs and many, many card games. Even though it seems like we drove a lot today, we actually ate a sit down meal together here at the field station. We went to the lab after dinner and learned about all the safety measures and information for the boat we are going on tomorrow — the R.V. Flatfish — to research ocean organisms. The field station dinner we ate was pretty pleasing, after a day full of fast-food and candy. There was roast beef, mashed potatoes, and even a soda machine! The information from our field instructor Samantha Lucas was a lot for us in our tired state, but it will be useful tomorrow on the boat. We learned about the Van Dorn Bottle, a scientific tool, which collects water from different depths throughout the water column. When we haul it back in, we can analyze the water and record the data. All in all we had a fabulous day working and playing together! I can’t wait until tomorrow! -- By Cole Behrens '20
The Junior Class left CCA early Saturday morning, headed for the La Vida Base Camp in the Adirondack Mountains. After sharing a meal, and getting a good nights sleep, the students, Mr. Hoover, and their La Vida guide set out Sunday morning for Day 1 of their four day, 35 mile hike. The class will be traversing up and down the Adirondack Mountains while carrying all of their supplies on their backs. They are deep in the woods, out of cell phone range, so we will patiently wait for photos and updates from the class until the end of the week. Please keep the Juniors in your prayers, as this is a physically and mentally challenging undertaking.
The Senior Class boarded an Amtrak train from South Station early Sunday morning bound for New York City. They have a jam packed schedule over the next 5 days as they explore the cultural, historical, and ethnic sides of the Big Apple.
On our first day in New York City, we got a feel for the city. We took a tour around Manhattan on a boat. Scoping out where the World Trade Center was, and where other things were. We walked in Times Square and shopped for a bit. Out of everything we did our first day, my favorite was visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was incredible to see the architecture, and all the time and work put into something for the glory of God. My favorite thing, and something that I will miss very much about CCA, is being able to just go somewhere and talk about how it all connects to praising God. In the cathedral we talked about how the art work was made to point to God. The paintings, the sculptures, and mosaics all show the life of Jesus and point our eyes towards the celling (or God in the heavens). We ended the day by going to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. We were able to see the whole city at night and it was beautiful... the contrast between the lights and noise in the city with the quietness and darkness of Central Park. Overall, it has been a great experience. I will dearly miss my classmates and this school.
-- By Gustavo Kevin Badaró '17