ATW Day 3: Learning, Work...and MUD!
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5/23/2018 - It's Day Three of Academic Travel Week and the students seem to have settled into their routine of learning and work.  Seventh graders explored the Gettysburg Battlefield, Tenth Graders visited a Battle Tower in Quebec, Seniors walked the High-Line and saw Phantom of the Opera, and Ninth Graders crawled through the mud!  Read on to catch up with all the adventures our students had on Tuesday!

 

Seventh Grade: Gettysburg, PA & New York

by Riley Freedman '23

Today we woke up and were out of our rooms pretty quickly because we had to be gone by 8:00am. We had a quick breakfast and hopped in the vans for Gettysburg. We got there in about 10 minutes and went to see a short movie on The Battle of Gettysburg. After the movie was over, we opened our packets for a scavenger hunt around the museum. We divided into groups and were on our way. The museum was very interesting with a lot of facts about the battle, as well as displays of guns, equipment, clothes, etc. We watched a short video about witnesses of the aftermath of Gettysburg, and it was awful to hear of the horror people were witnessing even after the battle was over. After the scavenger hunt concluded, we explored the gift shop of the museum and headed back to the lobby (where I may have had a panic attack because I couldn’t find my packet). We left, ate lunch in the vans, and prepared for our tour through Gettysburg.

 

by Matt Dunn '23

During the tour of Gettysburg, we saw many memorials of the battle. The largest one commemorated the Union soldiers from Pennsylvania. We also saw all of the main places where fighting happened, like Devil’s Den and the Peach Orchard. We even stood on top of Little Round Top, a small hill where Union soldiers on the far left held back many attacks. After the tour, we drove into Lancaster to our hotel. We ate dinner at the buffet and went back to our rooms to get ready to go swimming in the hotel pools. After we swam and had fun in the pools and hot tub, we stayed in our rooms for a little while until 9:00, when we went out to have ice cream at Friendly’s. We probably had WAY too much sugar and were all really wound up, but we went back to our rooms and got ready to sleep the night.

 

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Eighth Grade: Washington, D.C.

by Cora Kenis '22

The first thing this morning was a trip to the Library of Congress. We rested by a fountain where a metal figure of Neptune and two women riding wild horses stood, showered by the constant downpour of water, standing right before the building. The structure itself had an ancient Roman style to it - you could tell because stone structures of men stood as vigilant guards at each window. As we stepped through the entrance and explored each room, we eventually found a mosaic of Minerva (the goddess of wisdom). Beneath her were the words “Nil invita Minerva quae monumentum aere perennius exegit”, which means Not unwilling, Minverva raises a monument more lasting than bronze. I myself found each room in the Library of Congress even more breathtaking than the one before.

 

by Daeven Goel '22

This morning, after we went to the Library of Congress we went underground to the Capitol building. We had a tour guide that led us through most of the building. We saw the many different statues that were dedicated to the building by the 50 states. The coolest statue was the Rosa Parks statue made out of bronze. The sculptor sculpted Mrs. Parks to look like she was connected or “one” with her seat and that she would not give it up to any white man. The tour guide then took us right under the dome. It was a very cool experience. I had never realized how big the dome was. The tour guide explained how the dome was created and how the building was laid out. Overall the experience was really fun and we all had a good time!

 

by Haddon Baker '22

This afternoon we went to the Newseum. The Newseum is a six story building that has loads of pictures and newspapers about current events, and past events that happened in the US and around the world. There is an F.B.I. exhibit where it talks about hidden bombs and ways to trigger the bombs in a very secretive way. The Newseum also has a section on Pulitzer Prize winning pictures that were taken during tragedies or historic world events. Some of the pictures are very sobering. It is crazy that such horrific events could happen in such so called “safe” places. There is also part of the antenna tower that was on the North Twin Tower. The antenna is very rusty and deformed from the plane that crashed into the building. My favorite part of the museum was the balcony on the top floor, where you could see both the Capitol Building, and the White House. The Newseum was a very fun experience, and I enjoyed every second of it.

 

by Luke Xiang '22

Last night we went to the Nationals baseball game. It was the first baseball game I had ever watched. Different from other soccer games or basketball games, everyone in the stadium were really chill. If we were watching a soccer game, almost every second our focus is on the players and the ball on the field. But during the baseball game, we were able to be chatting or getting food. And sometimes there would be some fun activities going on like the “President’s race”, “Giving away T-Shirts”. I just really enjoyed the feeling and environment during the baseball game. I had such a good time!

 

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Freshmen: Chincoteague, VA

by Brandon Kruse '21

Today, we embarked on a wonderful adventure which was full of excitement and challenges. We began the day by going to Wallops Island, where we observed the different types of dunes and wildlife. We made our own dunes, and we tested their strength. We also collected shells, and found some interesting items. Some of those items included many horseshoe crabs, small stingrays, and even a mysterious skull of an unidentified organism. After lunch, we headed out to the salt marsh, where we had a really great time. Most of us swam in the salt marsh, wading through mud, and it was a very strange and disgusting experience. It took us a long time to get clean, but after that we went out to a nice dinner. Then we went to the beach, where we had a fun time taking pictures and whatnot. We finished the day off in the best fashion; eating ice cream. It was an overall great experience, and we were all disappointed that it had to end.

 

by Brandan Linares '21

Today, we faced many challenges. Some of these challenges included going into a marsh pit. We (if we wanted to) could go shoulders deep into mud. This could seem challenging to some because it is uncomfortable or scary. Also, some may have had the fear of losing clothes or shoes because the mud would have wrecked them. In all of this, we can realize that God provides for everyone and is our security in times that are difficult. God did not allow harm to come to any of us, and we all came back to the dorms safe and sound while making new memories.

 

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Sophomores: Quebec City

by Austin Fitzgerald '20

On Tuesday morning everyone woke up, and got ready to eat breakfast in the hotel buffet. We were served many helpings of waffles, bacon, eggs, and many other breakfast foods. From there we went to a museum where we learned about how Quebec became a French and British city. We learned about the battles in Quebec and the hardships that the soldiers had to endure. We tried on the clothes of the soldiers of both sides, and quickly realized how heavy the uniforms were! From there we walked back to our hotel room for a quick bathroom break and soon headed for one of the four defensive towers of Québec. There, we learned the life of a soldier in the towers. Generally, there were about 10-12 soldiers living in each tower. Their meals were old salt meat which sometimes had maggots, yuck! There were many strict rules that they had to follow with strict punishments. The life of a soldier was not the ideal lifestyle. Afterwards, we walked to Ashton, a fast food restaurant, where we all tried a famous Canadian dish called Poutine. The dish consisted of french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, it was tasted amazing.

 

by Rachel Nelson

For the Sophomores, Tuesday in Quebec was a crowd pleaser, thanks to maple syrup. After two incredible museums that gave us a hands on experience of the French Quebecers' experience fighting against the English, we drove across the Saint Lawrence River to the Saint De'Orleans island, and to the Sugar Shack, a restaurant and shop where they make maple syrup. The island itself is beautiful, with a stunning countryside and a clear view of the sloping hills of Quebec across the river. Once we arrived at the shack, we were greeted by the best sound: an accordion. Before us sat a middle aged man with a large accordion playing in his hands. Long, family style tables were arranged on both sides of the large room. Two tables on the left were full of older Quebecers, enjoying their food and the music. All twenty-three of us fit at a table, excitedly tapping our spoon musical instruments laid beside the silverware. The three-course meal was pre decided for us, so the soup, ham, and pancakes were given to us in stages. Before our pancake dessert, it was time to dance! Everyone hurried to the dance floor and danced to the accordion man's versions of the Chicken Dance, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, Cotton Eyed Joe, and more. Mr. McShane was grooving and Mr. Wegrzyn was cutting up a rug with his dance moves. It felt like the movie Footloose!

 

After dancing and pancakes, a worker took us out to the porch where she drizzled maple syrup on ice. We waited a few seconds before rolling our popsicle sticks in the syrup. It was an amazing, and sticky, treat, which ended our time at the Sugar Shack perfectly. 

 

by Adam Farris

Today (Tuesday) we had a casual dinner at a place in a more rural area of Quebec City called the Sugar Shack. When we walked into the restaurant, there was one large room and a man playing upbeat accordion music at the front of the room. As the night went on, we ate a dinner that consisted of sausages, potatoes, ham and meat pie, ending the meal with pancakes which are the trademark of the Sugar Shack. When we finished eating, we all got up and began dancing to the music of the accordian player. When we were finished dancing and the sun set, we all went to the back porch and learned how to make maple syrup toffee, using the maple syrup from the sap harvested from the trees right in front of us! After eating a lot of toffee and visiting the gift shop, we drove back to the city recounting the amazing dance moves of Mr. Wegrzyn and Mr. McShane!

 

 

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Juniors: "A Hard Thing" Houston, Texas

by Vicky Zeng '19

Tuesday, the fourth day of our Houston trip. We woke up at 7 as usual for breakfast, and after that we went back to the greenhouse to keep working. The weather today in Houston was hotter than yesterday and we were sweating just by standing there, but the rain later on made us refreshed. We finished taking out the old rotten wood and replaced it with the new 2x4’s.  We also put up rafters for greenhouse roof. 

     

Later on we separated into two groups. One group stayed at the greenhouse and kept working, and other group went to the house that we stayed in to fix some problems around the house. Everyone was contributing their parts: unscrewing old wood, replacing the old ceiling, putting on drywall. There was a group of college students from University of Wisconsin that left today. They were already here when we first came. We played games together, Parker one of the college students from UW helped us a lot when we were working on the green house. It was only three days of friendship, but we had some really good times together. At about 5:00pm we finished up work of today then around 6:30pm we had spaghetti and a Cambodian rice dish for dinner. After dinner, we worshiped together, and the work-leader here shared a story of a girl that how she came to Christ without family’s support. And how she has been so brave to go through everything. Tomorrow will be our last day of actual working, and we are all really excited to learn new skills and to experience another devotional time that we can get closer with God.

 

by Shanneah Manchur '19

Today the junior class continues to work on the greenhouse.  This day was even more exciting because we got to work on the building process instead of the destroying.  The class spent time in the heat building the rooftop of the greenhouse and to cool down we sprayed each other with hoses. It was amazing to see how the greenhouse was finally coming together.  When we got here, there was old wood that was falling off, and now there is something that can stay on for a long time.  It was incredible to see that we were capable of doing something that could impact so many lives.

 

Later in the day we had to say goodbye to the other group that was with us because they were going back home.  It was great to meet new people and share in working on such an impactful cause together.  It was hard to say goodbye to our new friends but we were happy with the memories we had with them playing uno. It was a day full of fellowship and it has been amazing to see how God has worked and changed different peoples lives during this trip.  Our bible study leader spoke to us about spreading the gospel through our actions and I think my class has lived that out while we have been here in Houston.

 

 

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Seniors: New York City

by Tori Knowlton '18

Once our stomachs had been filled at our daily visit to Old John’s restaurant on Tuesday morning, we took the subway to Hudson Yards where we would walk the Highline South; an old, abandoned railroad track that has been restored and transformed into a thriving garden walkway looking over mid-town in Chelsea. After a relaxing walk surrounded by magnificent architecture and horticulture, we ended up at a driving range where we exhibited our lack of experience on the green, and had a blast doing it. We then enjoyed lunch at Chelsea Market where we ate and shopped. After another subway ride, this time to 81st street, we spent a few hours musing the Museum of Natural History.  We then grabbed a quick dinner at the renowned New York City supper spot: Whole Foods, and rushed to catch our 7:00 showtime for the broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. The show was excellent, and though the majority of CCA’s Class of 2018 would not consider themselves theatre buffs, we all enjoyed resting our feet for three hours as we were entertained by some of New York City’s most talented performers. We then trudged back to our lodging, and slept like babies.

 

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