5/24/2017 - Day three of Academic Travel Week is in the books! Read on to learn about all of the new and interesting experiences our students are having!
Today we visited Gettysburg National Military Park and battlefield. It was an interesting experience because we got to explore the place where a famous battle actually took place. Our time there started with a short video about the battle. Then we proceeded to a giant circular diorama that was a painting depicting the fight. After that we, did a scavenger hunt to learn about some of the history. A couple hours later, after lunch, we got a guided tour around the park in the vans. We had watched the movie “Gettysburg” and several parts of the tour reminded me of the movie. Then we drove to the hotel, swam in the pool, ate dinner, and went to bed. It was a wonderful day. -- by Elijah Pekari
The waffle makers at our hotel breakfast bar were simply amazing. They cooked and toasted with ease, making everyone who desired one oh so happy. After the luxurious breakfast, we packed our bags and headed out of the Hampton Inn. The van ride was short and nice to the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. After getting in and going through a scavenger hunt we settled in to watch an informative video focused on the battle of Gettysburg. Once the video was over, we went into a room that’s walls were covered in a gorgeous painting. The painting was one of the battle of Gettysburg, and it simply took my breath away. After gaping at the painting, we finished our tedious scavenger hunt. Next it was lunch time (the best time if you ask me) we ate submarine sandwiches. We then went on a guided tour through the battle fields themselves! We ate a wonderful dinner, and now we are at the pool. Not just any pool though, a pool so warm and so nice that my glasses fogged right up as soon as I got in the door... and that’s where we are so far!
-- by Lia Barringer
Photos By Daniel Chewning '22, Abby Baird '22, Daeven Goel '22, Mrs. MacDonald
Like yesterday the day was gray. Clouds in the sky, and a little drizzle. However, this did not stop us from having a lot of fun! We went to many important buildings such as the Capitol Building, Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. All of the buildings were full of great art, and they were all marvelous to look at. We spent the first half of the day touring the Capitol Building and learning about Congress. We saw all the amazing architecture. While the building is an active bustling workspace, it looks and feels like an art museum! We then went to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. At the Supreme Court we saw all the amazing statues of the justices. At the Library of Congress we all tried to get high fives from random people. While we didn’t spend as much time at these two buildings, we still learned a lot and had a great experience. My favorite part of the day was our evening at the Nationals baseball game. We all had a lot of fun cheering for the Nationals. Although they are not OUR home team (Go Red Sox!), we still participated like they were. We all cheered for the Nationals and booed the Mariners. Despite the on and off rain, we had lots of fun! — by Josiah Gonzales ‘21
Photos by David Ngethe '21, Madeline McNeilly '21, Faith Gargano '21, Claire Wang '21, and Johann Pang '21
Today we freshmen took a bath in mud! After breakfast we headed over to the lab to learn about the importance of wetlands to the ecosystem as a whole. After that we piled in the vans and headed to the Salt Marsh. First we walked out to the salt panne and bounced up and down on the matted marsh grasses that made a kind of natural trampoline. The we reviewed the importance of salt marshes and how they affect the environment. Then we got to get muddy! We were all a bit hesitant about jumping into the mud, but soon we just decided to go for it. Emily Coelho was the first to reach the other side, and many other brave souls joined her eventually. We got stuck many times, and when we finally crawled out we all looked like soldiers after a day of bootcamp. Believe it or not it was really fun, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
After a quick cleanup and break with doughnuts, we drove over to NASA’s private beach on Wallops Island, where we observed dunes. We learned more about dune formation by building dunes ourselves. We learned about the adaptation of plants and animals on the beach who have to adapt due to the amount of salt they take in daily. We then got to hunt for seashells and take artsy pictures. Once we had gathered all the seashells we wanted, we washed up for dinner.
Tonight we got to go out to a restaurant rather than eating in the field station dining hall. We drove over to Chincoteague Island and ate at Bill’s Prime. The food was amazing and much of the conversation was on the fun we had in the mud. Before driving home we visited the Island Creamery for ice cream — it was awesome! Just spending time together today was fun, whether it was in the mud or during car rides. Today was arguably the best day of the trip. -- by Rachel Nelson '20
Photos by Mr. Church and Mr. Lawrenz
Photos by Chris Harris '19, Simon Oliveira '19, Kelly Russell '19, and Mrs. Story
Our Juniors are summiting Mt. Marcy today, the tallest peak in New York State. By tonight, they will be back at the La Vida base camp and we can't wait to hear about their experience!
There are certain moments of art that capture human experience so well, you feel as if it was made just for you. It's 8:30 pm, and we've had a day full of adventure. We've walked the High Line, golfed at Pier 93 with no prior experience, and wondered at our own futility at the Museum of Natural History. Now we are sitting, watching a production of wicked, and the two leads on stage began to sing "For Good." At this moment, everyone in the class, as if on cue, looks around at each other, remembering both the fun of the day and the fun of the past four years. Then the climactic tune ends: "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good." -- by RIley Bradford '17
Photos by Riley Bradford '17, Emma Schell '17, Mrs. Azadian
(Look closely at the last photo - the seniors are pictured with Kara Lindsay, the actress who plays Glinda in Wicked. They also met and got autographs from the other two leading actors as well.)