ATW Day 4: Wednesday, 5/24/2017
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5/25/2017 - Today's recap includes an amazing show at Sight and Sound Theater, a trip to the White House, biking in New York City, and the safe return to Base Camp of our Junior Class! 

 

Amazing Day for Seventh Grade: From Amish Country to Sight & Sound

Today we started off the day with a tour of Amish country. We learned about how the Amish live, how they dress, and their simple style of life. There are so many fascinating rules that the Amish live by that make their lifestyle super simple and calm. After our tour of Amish country we went to see the production of Jonah at the Sight and Sound Theater. It was a spectacular show. They had amazing special effects and stuck true to the basic biblical plot line. The way that they portrayed Jonah getting swallowed by the whale was amazing. Jonah was flying in the air and then the whale swooped up and “swallowed” him. At the production of Jonah the actors had amazing voices and they really helped the story come alive. After we saw Jonah we had a picnic at our hotel. It was amazing weather and we had an amazing time hanging out with each other.  Then we drove down to a cute little village with some amazing stores. They had everything from trinkets to jams. We all had an hour to shop and walk around. When that was over we had a 3 hour drive to the hotel that we are staying at Wednesday night. We had dinner at a cute diner with amazing food, and then came back to hangout out until bedtime. Overall I would say that we had a very fun, successful day, and learned a lot. It was amazing!

-- by Abby Baird '22

 Photos by Abby Baird '22 and Mrs. MacDonald

 

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Eighth Grade Visits the White House, Museums, and a Giant Mall

Today it was cloudy with a little bit of sun but we still had a great time.  We started off our day with a tour of the White House, which was fabulous.  We saw a bunch of old paintings of past presidents, and we also saw all of the rooms that were available for tourists to see.  The White House even has a movie theater!  Sadly, the President of the United States was not there.  Next, we walked to the Museum of American history. We saw a whole lot of fantastic artifacts, which were really amazing. Julia Child's kitchen was a really cool thing to see too.  Then we went to the Newseum. We ate lunch and then went to a class on how to cover a catastrophe, which taught us how to be good journalists. We saw a mind-bending four dimensional film on how news has changed. We explored the Newseum for a while and then we headed off to dinner at the mall. The mall was GIGANTIC!  It was at least three times bigger than the North Shore Mall, and it had so many stores and vendors that we don't have in New England. We all had a very fun-filled time there, and we went back to the hotel with big smiles on our faces. --Rilee Smith '21 and Brandon Kruse '21  

Photos by Madeline McNeilly '21, Katerina Pintone '21 and Mrs. Pintone 

 

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A Day of Bug Spray, Bieber, and Boardwalks for the Freshmen

Today we woke up to alarms sounding off from our phones in the dorms. We quickly changed and got ready for our time in the maritime forest, greatly applying bug spray. Once driving to the forest, our class walked along the trail with our guide, Sam, explaining many different concepts of the forest including the layers of the forest. Then we split into three groups, looking for examples of bacteria, fungi, and invertebrates. We collected examples of all three and presented our findings to the groups. After, we did an activity where we represented the parts of a tree and finally, we received certificates for finishing our explorations on Chincoteague. One final thing on the list for students at the field station now was to go to the gift shop and all get matching t-shirts, sweatshirts, and crew neck sweaters. After posing for our group picture, our four hour drive north began. 

 

After listening to Justin Bieber on replay for four hours, we arrived in Ocean City, New Jersey. We unloaded the bus, got into our rooms, and then headed off as a group to the boardwalk. At the boardwalk, we split off into separate groups, most of the girls going together and the boys into two different sections. The boardwalk was filled with great things to do: shopping, eating, and, my and my friend Cole’s favorite, mini golf. So many incredibly hilarious memories were made there, including Rachel Nelson and I being chased by seagulls down the boardwalk while trying to protect Rachel’s fries. After a fun three hours at the board walk, we returned to our hotel and took pictures up on the rooftop. Overall, this was an amazing day full of incredible memories that we will all cherish deeply. -- Anna DeCotis '20

Photos by Mr. Church and Ms. Cushing

 

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Sophomores in The Old City, and at the Aquarium

The first thing we noticed as we walked through Quebec City was it's striking similarity to Europe. The architecture and narrow, tourist-filled streets reminded us of Paris. Every government building was very ornate and gothic-looking. One thing that was interesting was that most flags flying were not Canadian, but Québécois. People in Quebec still wish to be separate from British Canada, as they were conquered in the 18th century. Overall, the first walking tour of Quebec was very eye-opening and exciting. -- Jacob Sims '19

 

By the time we got to Old Quebec, it was a welcome surprise that in all the narrow sidewalks and compact stores, there was a little gem in the rough. Bistro Sous le Fort is a small restaurant with absolutely beautiful food. It's a very tight restaurant, but it's packed with character. The service was great and so was the food. However, the portions were small compared to most high end restaurants in the USA. What made this joint special was its style and Canadian pride. Our waitress told us about how the chef learned how to cook in France, so some of the sauces are derived from traditional French dishes. The meat is all from Quebec, like the duck rillouettes, chicken breast, deer, and lobster. At the same time, the meals are cooked Canadian style, as she says, "the way we like it." There was a strong emphasis on it being a Quebec restaurant. This showed us how they make French cuisine their own and how their Canadian pride affects the business. This was a great first dinner in Quebec City! -- Chris Harris '19 and Colin Silva '19

 

The trip that we took to the Aquarium this Tuesday was fun-filled and a great learning experience.  We saw how the employees take care of and feed the animals.  Our guide, Johnny, took us to the headquarters of the aquarium to show us how they filtered their water and how much they produced every day.  Afterwards, we were able to see the walrus’ feed and celebrate their youngest’s birthday with a specialized cake.  The aquarium tour gave us a better understanding of the effort that goes into caring for all the animals.

--Thomas Mrock '19 

 

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Eleventh Grade Returns to Base Camp

The Juniors successfully completed their 4-day hike and summit of Mt. Marcy.  They returned to La Vida Base Camp at about 4:00pm Wednesday afternoon. We are Just starting to hear from them!  Below are some inital reactions as they drive back to CCA:

 

The most rewarding part of the trip was the feeling of euphoria that overcame each of us when we reached the summit of a mountain. After hours of literal blood, sweat, and tears, it was incredible to see the faces of all my classmates when we reached the peak and could see how far we had hiked, and the majesty of God's creation.  -- Tori Knowlton

 

My favorite part of the trip was the second day of hiking when we were climbing up a wicked steep trail (seriously just went straight up) while it was raining and the view at the top was just all white from the fog. It seemed like the fog went on forever. I also loved how close we all became and learned to trust each other even more. :) Such an awesome trip!!!! -- Maria Katzounos

My favourite part of this trip was the time that was spent with everyone while at the campsites at night. We all had our own jobs that we were good at while at the campsites. My favorite campsite by far was the third night where we were right next to a water fall. We had oatmeal next to the waterfall and it was the most peaceful time I have had in a while -- Tate Ostrowski

From this trip I learned that CCA is a family, and whatever we do, we should work together.  

-- James Yang 

My favorite part of the trip was watching everyone come together as a team and support each other. Whether it was a word of encouragement or a helping hand, everyone was willing to help each other out. -- Lauryn Murray

I felt the isolation from the city and had the opportunity to get closer to God. It was painful and happy at the same time. -- Kevin Zhao

 

Seniors Bike the Parks, Visit the Met, Take in a Play

Fourteen percent of Manhattan is made up of parks and it feels like the Senior Class explored all of them. With a mixture of bike riding, walking, or running  (if you're Alex C.), the seniors were able to see pretty much the entirety of Central Park. Along the way, we stopped in at the Delacorte Theatre to wait in line for free Shakespeare in the Park tickets. After almost 2 hours of waiting, the class was able to secure their tickets. A slight transition changed our pace from theatrical art to a myriad of others. The MET was where we found ourselves next. With an amazing display of ancient archaeology and modern art, it was definitely a highlight of the trip. The day ended with us watching a topical modern rendition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar portraying Donald Trump as Caesar. Despite the questionable content, there were some famous actors in the production! Among those are Corey Stoll (Brutus) and Gregg Henry (Caesar)! Overall, day four of the NYC trip was a time to be inspired by the art of the past, present, and the future, as well as a bonding experience as we walked together in Central Park. -- Mike Tammaro '17

 

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