5/25/2018 - On Thursday, the last day of Academic Travel Week, students wrapped up their adventures and travelled home to families and a school community that were excited to welcome them home! Everyone returned safely, with the 7th graders the last to return at 1:00am. On the final day of ATW, students were thankful for the unique experiences, grateful for the friendships and community that were stregthened, and reflective on the time they had to set aside to focus on their relationship with their Creator. Thank you to all our student blog contributors and photographers for giving us a first-hand glimpse into their experience!
by Ada Roth ‘23
Today we had a fun filled and very exciting day. First we took a ferry over to Ellis Island and got to see where some immigrants from all around the world came and stepped into America. We walked around there for about an hour and learned so much about the past. It was really cool to see this place after we had learned about it in our history class. After that we took another ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and got to the one and only Lady Liberty. That was a really cool experience for all of us. When we finished there we walked about 2 miles and got to go and see some of the tenement buildings where the people that immigrated to NYC lived. It was definitely a small space but had a lot of history behind it. We got to go and experience what it would be like if we were people that just came to America and had to stay in one of these apartments. It was very cool seeing this especially because we just learned all about the process of immigration, and also we started to talk a little about the life in a tenement building. Learning all of this in school before coming to New York was very helpful because we knew what to expect. After our tour ended at the tenement building we walked around and got to see what it would be like in Manhattan. It definitely is a crowded part of the city. It was a very exciting place to walk around because life in giant New York City is very different then life in our little Boston. Today was an action packed day, and we all will remember this trip and all of our friends that we got to spend so much time with.
by Hannah Gonzales ‘23
Today we went to Elis Island, and we visited the Statue of Liberty. In history we have been learning about immigration, and we got to see the arrival center for the immigrants. It was cool to see the process that they had to go through to become an American. We got to walk around the perimeter of the statute of liberty, and it was awesome. An all around amazing experience.
by Elijah Pekari '22
Today we visited the Air and Space Museum. This museum was a large building with many different models of planes and spaceships. We split up into groups and walked around looking at the giant models and reading stuff about them. Several people also tried some of the simulators at one end of the museum. They were meant to replicate the actual experience of flying a plane or spaceship. Though I cannot speak from experience as I did not go on any of them, everyone seemed to enjoy them. The main thing that amazed me was the size of all the different aircraft. Though I probably should have expected it, many of the displays were gigantic. Overall, everyone had a great time.
The Freshman Class woke up early in their hotel on the New Jersey Boardwalk and headed the to childhood home of CCA teacher Mrs. Robin Lawrenz. Mrs. Lawrenz’s parents generously offered to host the Freshman Class for a lovely outdoor breakfast on their sheep farm. The students enjoyed the delicious food, the sheep, and the array of classic and antique cars. The group then piled back into the 3 vans and made the long journey home, arriving at CCA at 3:00pm. Many thanks to Zeke Ostrowski '21 for the terrific pictures today!
by Julia Pawlyk ‘20
On Thursday, we went to the Aquarium Du Quebec and spent a few hours there observing and experiencing a behind the scenes tour. We also got to see two trainings! One was for seals and another was for two female walruses. The seals jumped through hoops, played with balls, frisbees and overall so adorable. They were even clapping their fins against the water for us! The seals were the funniest! One of the females blew kisses while another spit water on some kids. They would wave, high five and make weird noises. The aquarium was tiny but they did have a good variety of cute animals and we all had a good time!
Matt Tammaro ‘20
On Thursday the last day of our trip, we woke up and ate our breakfast fast. We had to get on the road so we could go too the aquarium. While we were at the aquarium we saw many cool things. We saw polar bears, fish, walruses and arctic foxes. Fun fact about artic foxes is that they were Hong Kong Lol. After we left the aquarium we headed home. Overall the trip was great and it was a cool experience to be a part of.
by Mr. David Church, Faculty Chaperone
Wednesday night was an emotional and spiritual high as we witnessed the baptism of our friend Kelly Russell and the final night bonfire and ice cream party. Our hearts were still full from Wednesday night when the wake up call came at 6:00AM Thursday to get up and pack our things. We loaded up the vans and had breakfast at 7:00AM before gathering to say goodbye to Johnny and Shane. After one last time of prayer we boarded the vans for the 45 min. drive to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Junior Jacob Sims' aunt, Rebecca, gave our group a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour of the NASA Space Center that included the historic Mission Control Center (no longer operative) that was used during the Apollo missions and the current Mission Control Center where we could see people speaking to the astronauts at the International Space Station. We also met Elianna Gonzales’ fathers friend Chris who is working on the Orion program for deep space exploration and the future mission to Mars. It was amazing; we felt like we were looking into the future.
We left NASA and drove to Hobby Airport where we dropped off the vans, checked our bags, and went in search of a Chik-fil-A. At 2:35pm our flight took off for Boston. We mostly slept on the flight home. The exhaustion was finally setting in. We had worked hard — body and soul — and we were looking forward to seeing our families and sleeping in our own beds tonight. We will not soon forget Shane and Johnny and all the people we met in Rosharon, TX. Some of us were talking about going back in the future. Our trip “deep in the heart of Texas” touched us and it’s hard to let go.
by Jordan Ann Sperounis '18
From Peabody to the Big Apple, the senior class concluded its trip on Thursday May 24. Nearly five full days of running in between street performers, business men, and fashion trendsetters left us in awe and left our feet sore. We never seemed to slow down, constantly on the move from museum to museum, waiting for the chance to sit down and rest our feet even if that meant sitting on the floor in the MET while we waited for our tickets. When asking everyone to describe their experience in New York with just one word many said “busy, active, cultural, energetic, amusing, overwhelming” Sounds like a full trip doesn’t it? We enjoyed lunch at many fancy food courts, and family dinners around the table. The city was overwhelming and full of surprises, we were sad to leave but also looked forward to seeing our families again. We started the day off by going to a cute breakfast diner just across the street from the UN. After we finished we took our tour of the UN where we were able to get an up close look at the United Nations and their global outreach programs and international peace council. After we arrived back at our lodging we grabbed our suitcases and bags and made our way to the metro which we rode all the way to the train that would take us back home. It was here that we enjoyed a quick lunch at Chikpea a Mediterranean inspired fast food place, which severed everything from salads to sandwiches, pita pockets and more. Tori and Lauryn treated the group to a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. We enjoyed this sweet dessert on the train back to Boston. The trip did not seem to conclude until l stepped out the doors of South Station and onto Atlantic Avenue and was exposed to the all so familiar Boston.