It is my prayer that this summer would offer you opportunities for rest and renewal in your relationship with Jesus. I am praying for you daily. I pray that the Spirit of Jesus Christ would continue to cultivate the fruit of Christlike character in you: his love, his joy, his peace, his patience, his kindness, his goodness, his faithfulness, his gentleness, his self-control. Do not be afraid in these uncertain times, friends, but continue to conduct yourselves with gentleness and gratitude. The Lord is near. The Lord is working. He is bringing all things together for his glory and for your good.
As you and your family enter into the summer months, you are invited to join with the CCA community in reading through the letters of Philippians and Ephesians. Each weekday in this space, there will be a song to sing, a text to read, a truth to remember, a prayer to offer, and an action to consider. Together, let’s adopt this daily rhythm of family worship so that we will be united in spirit and in mind, even if we continue to remain apart in body.
Your servant in Christ,
10/24/19 – The creation story in Genesis reveals that God has a plan and purpose for everything he has made, including you and me. God’s purpose for us appears in a famous statement from Genesis 1: “so God created mankind in his own image” (Gen. 1:27). There are many good and helpful ways to underst…
10/24/19 - The creation story in Genesis reveals that God has a plan and purpose for everything he has made, including you and me. God’s purpose for us appears in a famous statement from Genesis 1: “so God created mankind in his own image” (Gen. 1:27). There are many good and helpful ways to understand this statement. One way is to think of humans as being like the moon…
Did you know that the moon does not create its own light? The light that shines from the moon to earth actually comes from another source - the sun. One of the purposes of the moon, therefore, is to reflect the light of the sun onto the world when the world is shrouded in the darkness of night.
Just like the moon, human beings were made in the image of God to reflect God’s light into a world that is shrouded in the darkness of sin, evil and death. Jesus tells us to “let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). When we love our neighbor, give generously to someone in need, or forgive our enemies, we are shining the light of God’s good and loving character into the world so that the world might come to know and praise God.
So, remember this week that God’s purpose for you is to be like the moon - to reflect his light into a dark world by speaking and acting like Jesus.
--Mr. Jason Lawrenz, School Chaplain
10/17/19 – Many of us organize our socks. We put athletic socks in one drawer, dress socks in another, and perhaps our warm and woolly socks in a third drawer. We have a special place for each kind of socks, because each kind of socks has a different purpose. This week in GS chapel, we learne…
10/17/19 - Many of us organize our socks. We put athletic socks in one drawer, dress socks in another, and perhaps our warm and woolly socks in a third drawer. We have a special place for each kind of socks, because each kind of socks has a different purpose.
This week in GS chapel, we learned about how God is organized. He has a plan. Just like the way many of us sort our socks into specific drawers, God also has a special place and purpose for each thing that he has made.
We learn this from Genesis 1, the story of God as the creator of all things. In verse 2, the Bible says that “the earth was formless and empty.” The earth was formless - there were no defined spaces for living things to thrive. The earth was therefore empty - if there were no defined spaces for living things, then there could be no life. Who could fix this formlessness and emptiness? Who could make something beautiful out of nothing? God, of course!
In his grace and love, God gave the earth form and then he filled it up with living things! This is what happened during the six days when God created…
God formed the earth into special spaces on Days 1-3: He made day and night, sky and sea, and finally land with vegetation.
Then, on Days 4-6, God filled the spaces he had made: He filled the day with the sun’s light, and he filled the night with the light of the moon and stars. He filled the sky with birds, and he filled the seas with fish. He filled the land with beasts and humans, who would eat its vegetation.
Isn’t that amazing? God made spaces, then he filled those spaces with exactly what belonged in them. Our organized God has a special place and purpose in his plan for every single thing he has made - including you and me. What a great God!
--Mr. Jason Lawrenz, School Chaplain
Valedictory Address By Jacob Sims ’19 Good morning. What a surreal moment. For so long it felt like this day would never come, and suddenly it has. I am so proud of the Class of 2019, we have all shown incredible growth and hard work, and I am proud of the great leadership we have learned…
By Jacob Sims '19
Good morning. What a surreal moment. For so long it felt like this day would never come, and suddenly it has. I am so proud of the Class of 2019, we have all shown incredible growth and hard work, and I am proud of the great leadership we have learned from each other and from our mentors at this school. I am also deeply blessed and grateful to receive this great honor. It has taken four years of dedication, but I have not gotten here on my own. First I would like to thank my parents and my amazing sister, who have been with me since day one. We have been through a lot together, and I am grateful for your continued support. I would also like to thank the teachers and administration at CCA, because without you, none of us would be here today. You have poured so much care and wisdom into my life and the lives of my classmates, for two or four or even fourteen years. Thank you to my amazing friends and classmates, for loving me despite all my faults and weird quirks. Y’all will always be a family to me. Finally, and most important, all the glory of this ceremony goes to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who created our world and loves us unconditionally.
Now, Class of 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few words with all of you about what we should do next. We have all heard about how this isn’t the end, it is only the beginning. We aren’t ending this great voyage, but rather this ceremony is a launch pad for our next great adventure. While those are great metaphors, I think Mr. Miller put it best when he said, “That’s the middle distance, not the abyss, Colin!” Since I have taken that quote completely out of context, I can now make it mean whatever I want. Now, it means that this graduation is merely a stepping stone on the path to something deeper, farther, more out of reach. I have gotten to know all of you very well over the past four or five years, in some ways perhaps better than I would have wanted. But that means that I know that each of you is headed to something spectacular. As we begin that next journey, I hope you will remember the message that I have for you today.
I want to share a quote with you about curiosity, from the late Owen Garriott, an astronaut who spent approximately 70 days in space. He said, “Anyone who runs out of something to do must have had a failure in their imagination..., because if there’s nothing else, you can look out the window, which would absolutely fascinate me for weeks on end.” When I first read this quote several weeks ago, I immediately knew that I wanted it to be the focus of my speech today, because it shows just how important it is to have a curious mind. There is an endless amount of mystery in our world, and we need to remember to keep our eyes and our minds open to it. If ever you find yourself bored or not knowing what to fill your time with, think deeper about the world around you and you will find something fulfilling and worthwhile.
This chapter of our formal education is now over, and the final chapter will end before long, but we should never stop looking for new things to learn, whether it be science, art, literature, history, or any other subject of interest. Keeping a constant mindset of curiosity and wonder is the only way that we can continue to grow and improve. Like the popular myth about how sharks die if they stop moving, if we stop learning we become dull, stagnant, unmotivated. We miss out on the unending beauty that God has laced our world with, and wisdom that our society has discovered in the past. We become less like Owen Garriott, and more like Stanley Hudson from The Office, whose only motivation in life is to get out of work at 5:00 p.m. and occasionally eat a soft pretzel.
Not only will a life of endless curiosity help you to grow and develop as a person, but also in your relationship with God. One of my favorite passages in Scripture is Job 12: 7-9, “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?” The author of this passage gives the explanation for why civilizations for millennia have worshipped animals and celestial bodies. God is the great architect of our world, and his creation reveals his glory in great depth. Therefore, as we seek out the mysteries that creation has to offer, we are drawn closer to God, and see more of who He is. This can only further our witness as Christians.
So, as we move on to a new school with new classes and new teachers, remember the words of Owen Garriott. Take on the attitude of a lifelong student, so that you might better yourself and those around you. Yet, do not simply learn about the world for the sake of gathering knowledge. Apply those discoveries, actively seek to make the world a better place. There is not one person in the Class of 2019 who I doubt could change the world for the better in one way or another. Remember to find joy in curiosity, learning, and discovery, and you will do just that.
By Kelly Russell
From the wise words of Creed Bratton from the show, The Office, “No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.” For the last four years, this school was my home. My friends were like family. I’m serious -- we even had a habit of calling Jacob, “Mom.” We have been through everything together and we have watched each other mature. To my class, you loved me even through all my awkward stages, so I sincerely thank you. You mean everything to me.
I chose Job 42:5 to be my senior verse. It says, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” At Covenant, I found that Christianity was not limited to Bible class. There is a reason our school is called Covenant Christian Academy. The community of our high school is unlike anything I’ve seen before. I grew up learning about the Bible, but over these four years I saw firsthand how the Holy Spirit could work in this place. Here, I learned to write a classical argument from Mr. Miller, to take the derivative of complex functions from Mr. Willis, to analyze primary sources from Mr. Wegrzyn. But despite the outstanding education that I will leave Covenant with, I have to say that the moments that shaped me most occurred outside of class. Amidst the countless memes Colin sends in our group chat, we are able to be honest about the things we’re struggling with and have everyone pray together. So most of all, I have learned from my classmates what it looks like to live for God and for each other.
This starts with sacrificing yourself and your time for the people around you. In a game our class loves, called Spicy Uno, if a player does not have a card they can play on their turn, they can ask for help. Other players will offer a card from their hand face down. You have to be careful, because anyone can trick you and give you a card that you can’t play. In life, we will always face choices such as these. We may deceive others to advance our own goals, or we can sacrifice our own chance at glory and honor to help our neighbors, and even our enemies. Throughout these four years, I have seen my class support each other in ways beyond my greatest expectations. They came to sports games, dance recitals, restaurants - they were always there.
I found that this selfless love is a trend among all CCA students. I help out in Mrs. McEachern’s kindergarten class, and I love seeing how even these 6 year olds model Christian behavior. They pray for their classmates when they are sick, encourage one another, and exhibit pure joy at every chance they get to dance in class. Despite the frequent arguments over who can play with the Polly Pockets, sometimes I feel that their spiritual maturity and overarching kindness surpasses even some high schoolers at other schools. It would be foolish to pretend that people at our age are not affected by or tempted by things such as drugs, alcohol, partying, etc. But my classmates turned this building, this school, into a church. I came to Covenant expecting to learn about God, but here, I saw Him.
The pivotal moment of my spiritual journey was on our class trip to Houston junior year, when I was baptized. It was a spontaneous, but well thought out, decision. Though my parents could not be there, my class was there for me like a family. They hugged me and prayed for me. Tears were shed (I’m looking at you, Thomas) and I felt truly loved. Even in freshman year, when we stayed up all night arguing over whether fencing was a sport, what mattered most was our faith and each other. I remember bonding at Chincoteague Bay when Mr. Lawrenz played his guitar and we worshipped together in the biology lab. We often cringe looking back at our freshmen class chapel when we sang “Proof of Your Love,” but all along I can speak from experience when I say that we were changing lives.
Covenant Class of 2019, I love you all so much, and I am forever grateful to you. Now that it’s time to move on from high school, I pray that you continue in your faith, devoting all the details in your life to the Lord: every game of Spicy Uno, every plate of cafeteria food, every all-nighter you spend studying, every friend you make and every word you say. As Solomon writes in Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Whether you have the next six years of your life planned out through grad school or you’re going into college undecided, you are all destined for something greater than yourselves. Trust God to get you there.
6/5/2019 – On Tuesday, Academic Travel Week 2019 came to a close. Everyone returned home safely, and more importantly, full of new experiences and relationships. Here are the final write ups from a few of the classes. Eighth White House and Visitor’s Center By Josi Santiago ‘23 Being…
6/5/2019 - On Tuesday, Academic Travel Week 2019 came to a close. Everyone returned home safely, and more importantly, full of new experiences and relationships. Here are the final write ups from a few of the classes.
White House and Visitor’s Center
By Josi Santiago ‘23
Being close to the White House was not what I expected at all. I thought it was bigger based on the countless times I have seen it on television. Disregarding that, taking pictures in front of the White House and making memories is what counted most to me. When we got closer, we saw a whole bunch of things like street dancers, heavily armed secret service agents, and a variety of people trying to promote their message. Before we got to the White House we went to Starbucks and walked through Lafayette Park. It was a beautiful day to explore what is one of the most important, and yet sometimes controversial, places in America.
By Ella Sims ‘23
Today Mrs. Proffitt surprised our class with Krispy Kreme donuts! Then, for the second time, Mrs. Russell got left on the train but luckily got back safely. We also got to go to a beautiful sculpture garden. There were many interesting sculptures with much meaning behind each one. There was also a pretty fountain in the middle of the garden. It was a beautiful day outside and everyone had so much fun.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
By Maya Porter ‘23
Walking through the African American Museum brought upon many feelings of sorrow and astonishment. To see where I stand thanks to those who might have died so I wouldn’t suffer is heartbreaking yet revolutionary. The museum displayed many ancient documents and tools to show the unfortunate truth of all the injustice that has happened in our country in the past and all that remains to this day. It also brought joy - because African Americans were able to show their true colors and help impact the world in beneficial ways.
Aquarium du Quebec
By Gabby Roizner '21 and Esther Reynoso ’21
The aquarium was very different from most aquariums. It was set up so that you could walk around outside and reach certain exhibits but also be able to go see exhibits inside. During the seal show they talk about how they always do a biomedical exam on the seals in the beginning. During the show they talk about how seals eat a lot of what they see in the water but that not all seals are trained like the seals we saw were. Wild seals will eat almost everything even if it will harm them. We were told to try to protect the animals and the environment by not throwing plastic or any trash for that matter into the ocean. During the walrus show we were told that this was a daily event that they would do while they fed the animals to help maintain their mental health. We learned a lot of new stuff like how walruses can make many different kinds of noises that all mean different things. The time at the aquarium was very fun and we were all able to learn a lot about the animals as well as the world around us.
Day 5 Overview
By Kelly Russell ‘19
Today the seniors saw Grand Central and then got a tour of the United Nations. We got to hear about some environmental initiatives, learn about the jobs of peacekeepers, and see a real meeting with the UN secretary general António Guterres! It was so cool to see the diversity in New York firsthand – on the subway it seemed like everyone was speaking a different language. We really enjoyed witnessing and participating in new cultures. Then, we went to Penn station and that and took the train back home. We loved New York, and today was the perfect grand finale of our trip!
6/3/2019 – Monday was another action-packed day for our Rhetoric School students. Freshmen said goodbye to Chincoteague Bay and made their way up to the Jersey Shore, Sophomores explored the Plains of Abraham, Juniors completed a second day of biking and Seniors enjoyed The Met! Read on for more d…
6/3/2019 - Monday was another action-packed day for our Rhetoric School students. Freshmen said goodbye to Chincoteague Bay and made their way up to the Jersey Shore, Sophomores explored the Plains of Abraham, Juniors completed a second day of biking and Seniors enjoyed The Met! Read on for more details....
By Anna Thomas '22
Today we had a fantastic day! We woke up and packed before breakfast. After breakfast we headed back to our dorms to clean them up before heading out to the trail through the Maritime forest. During our hike we learned about the forest and how all the creatures maintain it in their own way. We even had the opportunity to observe a live toad and snail on our hike. At the end of the trail we reached a beautiful lighthouse. Upon arriving at the lighthouse we soon left and after a quick stop at the gift shop we got in the vans and headed off to New Jersey. After a four hour long drive consisting of Broadway, rap, and pop music we finally reached Ocean City. After dropping off our stuff at the hotel we walked down the street to the boardwalk where we were able to hang out with our friends and purchase some souvenirs. In addition to hoodies and hats, we also bought some delicious food like funnel cakes, fries, pizza, rolled ice cream, and more. After it got dark we went on the Ferris wheel, played mini golf, took photos, and even walked along the beach. It was amazing to see the waves crash onto the shore and it was even more amazing to think about how God created all of it for us to enjoy.
By Jude Douglas ’22
What a way to wrap up our ninth grade trip week. We started the day off early by tidying up our rooms. You would be surprised at the amount of gunk that collects over the course of two days. As we cleaned we laughed at the amount of lifelong memories and the growth we experienced this break. Later that morning we took a nature walk in the maritime forest with our field guide Paige. After this we departed from the station and began our 4 hour drive to ocean city. When we arrived we checked in and walked to the boardwalk. There we had an absolute blast and made memories that will never fade. Our class is truly grateful for this experience and we thank our parents and CCA leadership so much.
By Luke Xiang ’22
Today was the last day of trip week that we do activities. So many memories, so much happiness we created with each other at Chincoteague Bay and Ocean City. We started the day by cleaning our messy rooms, then we headed over to the maritime forest. That is when we saw an endangered squirrel. After the maritime forest, we left the Chincoteague Field Station and headed over to Ocean City. We spent the last bit of our time on the boardwalk and playing minigolf. Tonight’s memory will forever be remembered.
Plains of Abraham Museum
By Sydney DiGiulio '21 and Josiah Gonzales '21
The Plains of Abraham Museum focused on the battle between the French and the Britains to try and gain control of Quebec. The museum focused on both sides of the battle. In a multimedia experience we heard the different perspectives of the battle from both countries. They also displayed artifacts, weapons, and clothing from the two different countries. They did a good job giving both sides a chance to express their views. They intentionally made this balance because both countries are significant to the city of Quebec. Both France and Britain contributed to shaping the city of Quebec and the country of Canada as a whole. The British are the ones who won the battle and took control, but the French were there before and the Quebecers were speaking their language. The museum did a great job revealing both sides of the battle to us.
Lunch at Le Ciel
By Richard Li '21 and Ken Zhang '21
When we entered the restaurant, we were all playing with revolving doors. The restaurant was on the top of the whole building so that we could view Quebec fully. Also, the restaurant was rotating slowly such that we were able to see the whole city. When the lunch began, we started to discuss today’s discussion questions with peaceful music around. We had two questions: What is the most important accomplishment in our lives. Some people said to come to CCA is their most important accomplishment, and others said to learn a new instrument. The other question is: What is your most treasured memory? Richard said his treasured memory is to come to America, some others said that, too. The waiters started to send the foods on the table, we had bread, fish and beef. Also the amazing drink! Finally, we left the restaurant and kept going.
By Rachel Bohanon '21 and Zoe Buchtel '21
The military was a sign of protecting one’s people and culture. It’s presence could either serve as a comfort or as suppression, depending on if it was an invading force. The building itself shows the Franco-Canadian; the soldiers themselves represented the Anglo-Canadian influence within the city. The captain taught us basic military routines including the attention position and how to ‘load and present your rifle’. She also explained to us several disciplines that awaited any unruly conduct in the barracks. This helped us to understand more of what the military life in the tower was like so that we could step back in time for a while. It gave us insight into the pros and cons of their military lifestyle.
Day 4 Overview
By Hannah Saulnier '20
Today was a pretty spontaneous day, especially considering the fact that we woke up to our campsite being swamped! It had rained all Sunday night, wreaking havoc among our class. The storm caused two of our tents to flood; causing the members of those tents and our teachers to relocate. Caio, Matt, Pedro, and Gio slept in the cab of our UHaul, and our wonderful chaperones slept in the CCA bus after giving their tents to the girls! After drying out our tents and sleeping bags this morning, we had an amazing breakfast of pancakes, bagels, munchkins, and joe (thanks to Mrs. Roth and Mr. McShane). Once we were stuffed, we promptly headed out to our biking site! The trail had many stunning features, such as many pretty lakes surrounding it, and to Anna’s surprise, many dogs! Upon biking 6 miles down our trail and eating a bit of chocolate, we had to take a sudden stop because the trail came to an end. As a result of this, we ended up backtracking to our original starting point to complete our intended 12 miles of biking! Even though a certain person took a fumble along the way (take a guess who it was...he's fine!) we enjoyed our time together as a class, and had an even better time playing on the playground at the Pout and Trout campsite!
By Brianna Benkley '20
Yesterday was eventful- to say the least. From a cycling crash to a thunderstorm at night, the juniors experienced everything “hard” in their hard trip. The day began with a breakfast spread of fruits, eggs and waffles, which fueled us for the 26 mile bike ride ahead. We enjoyed a scenic ride, surrounded by a canopy of trees and views of the Connecticut river. However, our bike ride was soon interrupted when a student flipped off their bike and fell to the trail beneath them (and mom, if you’re reading this, it actually wasn’t me!). And don’t worry everyone…he is just fine! After a quick fix up, the group powered on. Little did we all know that Brazilian appetizers and desserts awaited us at the campground in celebration of Giovanni’s 17th birthday. Needless to say, the food was exceptional. However, after a time of celebration for our classmate, the weather turned on us and so began a difficult night camping.Many students had to evacuate tents because their gear was soaking wet from the rain. Teachers were so selfless they slept in the bus in order to let the students sleep safely in the tents. Although the students did not get much sleep from the roaring thunder and hard rain, the experience brought together the class like never before. After all, the junior trip is called a “hard thing”!
Day 4 Overview
By Colin Sliva '19
A day before our departure from New York, we got a chance to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life, like a walk in the park, and the chance to look at and wonder at fine art.
We started off our day with a scavenger hunt in Central Park which brought us to some of the many beautiful landmarks in the park. Central Park feels like an anomaly compared to the concrete jungle of New York City, like a jade stone surrounded by instant cement.
Over time the initial motive of the scavenger hunt was shed and we were in Central Park, just to enjoy the beauty of it, the angel of Bethesda, covered in pigeons, the kayaks in the lake, the bright green trees starkly contrasting a beige-grey skyline, to say it was a breath of fresh air would be too real of a pun to say about New York City.
Through the walk in central park, we came across a bridge under which a man was playing “La vie en rose” on the saxophone, serenading all the passers by. His playing marked the end of natural art, and the beginning of man-made art. Just a few steps away from the street performer was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a gigantic and ornate Greco-Roman façade, it’s beauty was almost intimidating. Once inside, the Met greets you instantly with classical Greek sculptures, and an intimidatingly large crowd of people. Once I made it through the crowd I made a straight shot towards the modern art wing where I spent most of my time. The works of Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali had me encapsulated for most of the time at the museum. What makes the Met amazing is the fact that you can spend hours in the Met and still not see everything. I only extensively looked at two exhibits and I had almost three whole hours to look around.
To end the day, we all went to the top of the Rockefeller center to look at the New York City skyline during sunset. Like the natural beauty of central park, the masterful artwork of the Met, it was encapsulating. Never will I forget the sun gleaming off of the One World Trade Center, or the shimmering lake of Central Park from above. It was a great experience, and I’m glad I had the privilege to even get the chance to see it.
6/4/2019 – Logic School students continued their travels Monday, with the seventh grade visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and the Eighth Grade touring the Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Supreme Court and more! Seventh Grade Ellis Island By William Buswell E…
6/4/2019 - Logic School students continued their travels Monday, with the seventh grade visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and the Eighth Grade touring the Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Supreme Court and more!
By William Buswell
Ellis Island in New York, is a very important place in the history of the United States. It was where thousands of immigrants immigrated to America from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. After arriving at New York City, right by the Hudson River, we rode on a three-floored ferry and were brought to Ellis Island. The building was very big and long. It had several entrances that led into the Baggage Room. The Baggage Room was a huge room containing a gift shop and a special machine that allowed you to search for your family name to see if they ever came to Ellis Island. On the three floors of Ellis Island, there were many exhibits on the immigration process like: how immigrants were medically treated, what they brought to America, how they were determined as able to enter the country, and what it was like to leave your country for America. Aside from the gift shops, exhibits, and cafés, the most important part to me was the actual parts of the building that immigrants had to step through and get ready to be allowed into or sent away from America. The most famous places that I saw was the Stairs of Separation, the Baggage Room, and the Registry Room. After looking about the museum for a while, we left knowing a lot more about Immigration than we ever had before.
Statue of Liberty
By Sebastian Perdomo
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The United States Capitol
By Noah DeJesus ‘23
The U.S Capitol was a very interesting building. We had a tour guide who told us all about the branches of the U.S. government. We were able to go into the old location of the senate. The Capitol was a large building with many pretty designs. Every little detail was put there for a reason. The Capitol’s dome and rotunda were astonishing and the designers of it did a great job. We learned so much more about the government of the United States of America.
The Library of Congress
By Stella Leras ’23
Exploring the Library of Congress was an exhilarating experience. The first thing we saw was a huge room with beautiful Renaissance paintings all over the walls and the ceiling. There were also quotes for a range of topics, but mostly about wisdom and knowledge. We split up into groups and explored the different exhibits. We filled out our trip books as we raced from Thomas Jefferson’s library to the baseball exhibit, and finally to the women’s rights exhibits. Finally, we saw a beautiful painting of the Roman goddess Minerva, guarding the entrance to the main part of the library. The Library of Congress, with its beautifully decorated marble pillars, was a wonderful addition to our trip to D.C. and we are grateful we were able to go.
The Supreme Court Building
By Fenway Smith ‘23
We didn’t go inside the Supreme Court Building, although we did get to stand outside and see the huge, fancy building. The building was HUGE. It cost $9,395,566 to build it! That would be about 150 million in today’s dollars - CRAZY. Right?! We realized there were two statues on either side of the building (one male and one female). These statues represented equal justice under the law. We took a picture of all of us in front of the building! It was really interesting to not only learn about this building, but actually stand outside of it in person!!
By Ada Roth ‘23
The Newseum is a very insightful museum about the world of news. We were split up into groups of three or more and continued throughout the museum. We went to many exhibits, including the 9/11 memorial exhibit, which had a movie and a timeline about the whole event. They also had an exhibit which was about the Pulitzer Prize winners. They had many award winning photos that had touching stories next to them. Some of these pictures were happy while others were sad and moving. Overall this museum was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much.
Bruins Viewing Party
By Abby Chewning ‘23
We spontaneously had a fun Bruins game party, at night, for the Stanley Cup finals! There was lots of screaming and laughing. We had ice-cream sandwiches, popcorn, and a lot of candy. Everyone was also playing many fun games together, while the Bruins were on a commercial break. This was so much fun! I am writing this only during the second period so hopefully the Bruins win!
6/3/2019 – Each year during Academic Travel Week there is one epic day we all look forward too….MUD DAY! Be sure to read the Freshman blog for all the gooey details. (And don’t miss the epic photos on our Facebook page!) FRESHMEN Description By Eli Pekari ‘22 After an early start an…
6/3/2019 - Each year during Academic Travel Week there is one epic day we all look forward too....MUD DAY! Be sure to read the Freshman blog for all the gooey details. (And don't miss the epic photos on our Facebook page!)
By Eli Pekari ‘22
After an early start and some breakfast the group headed to the lab, where we learned about dunes and their formation. We then drove to a beach that is used by NASA where we made models of sand dunes and took a walk on the beach looking for shells. After returning to the field station, we ate some lunch and then headed to the lab for the last time. Our guide taught us about wetlands, and then we cleaned the labs and prepared to head to the marsh. We drove to the marsh and our guide showed us more interesting features of the marshes. Then the fun really began, as we dove into the mud and sludge. After army crawling through the mud for a while we returned to the vans to change. After changing, we headed back to the field station where we were able to get cleaned up. Then we headed into town for dinner at a steak and seafood place. After dinner, we headed to the beach, where an epic game of beach soccer ensued while a few people dove into the water. Later we headed out to get ice cream and other good things. Finally, we returned to the field station to pack and get a good night’s sleep.
By Daeven Goel ‘22
Today was one of the most memorable days of my life. The marsh we got to go into was so fun. It was so much fun to see the whole class get their entire bodies, from head to toe covered in mud. We then went to a restaurant, and I had some of the most delicious and amazing food I have ever had. Then we were treated with a trip to the beach, in which a soccer game took place and people swam in the ocean. Today, although it was very tiring and long, it was such a blast to be in the moment and bond even closer with my classmates. #fullsand
By Josh Pekari ‘22
We were all super tired at the end of the day today. There was a ton of stuff to do, and lots of time was spent cleaning up. The best parts were the salt marsh, which was really fun and obviously super filthy, and going to the beach after a nice dinner out. We came up with a great theme for our trip today too, and the beach was really just the perfect ending to a great day. #fullsand
By Brandon Kruse ‘21 and Brandan Linares ‘21
The first activity of the day for our class was driving to the Huron-Wendake reserve, which was not too far away from the city. We learned about Huron culture and how the Hurons and French Colonizers integrated their societies. After we toured the reservation, which honored other Native American tribes with the Huron, We ate lunch at the restaurant. We ate Sunflower Seed Soup, Bison Burgers, and Vanilla Cake with Maple Caramel. They were all delicious. After this activity, I learned that the Huron want to be remembered as separate but equal to the French Colonizers. They want to be seen as their own people, but living in harmony with the rest of the people of Quebec.
By Zeke Ostrowski ‘21, Ethan Roth ‘21 and Caelen Breuer ‘21
One of the highlights of today was our trip to the waterfall! When we arrived, we could either take a gondola up to the top, or we could climb up the side, going right next to the waterfall! Almost half the class took the gondola up, while the other half braved the down poring rain and trekked to the top. Upon approaching the base in the waterfall were given the option of either going the crazy route right below the waterfall or the dry route around. Everyone chose to do the wet rout and I was an exhilarating experience feeling the power of the waterfall right next to us and even almost being pushed over by its spray. Next we got to walk over a bridge at the top of the waterfall. We saw the power of the fall right below us! Over all the experience was wonderful, and will never be forgotten!
Dinner at Les Relais Despins (Sugar Shack)
By Katerina Pintone ’21 and Jacob Knowlton ‘21
After driving through the island countryside filled with maple-tapped forests, we arrived at the Sugar Shack. We were greeted by live Polka music, and were seated at two long tables. Soup and bread came as appetizers, with many meats following. We ate sausages, ham, baked beans and meat pie, which were all served family style, allowing us to have freedom in our food amounts and varieties. This family style meal was traditional for rural Quebecers, forcing them to come together as a community during the dry winter months.
Day 3 Overview
By Pedro Tameirao '20
Day 3 was fun filled and also challenging. We woke up in the morning to the sound of our alarms and Mr. McShane banging on our doors. We started our day by eating breakfast at the hotel and then packing our things back into the vans. We then drive to a hiking trail in order for us to have our Sunday worship service. Brianna Benkley led us in singing “Bless the Lord” and “How Great is Our Lord”. Then Mr. Hoover had us read certain Psalms and asked us reflective questions about them. Around the middle of the day we stared or first stretch of biking. We split up into three groups and bikes in three waves. The first led by Mr. McShane, Mr. Hoover the second, and Ms.Joseph the last. Due to Mr. McShane’s questionable navigation skills out group ended up biking 30 miles opposed to the 18 miles everyone else did. But it's all good. We all met up again about 5 miles before the final point. The 9 fastest bikers joined Mr. Hoover in a battle against time; we needed to check in at the camp site at 5 o’clock, it was a 50 minute drive from or final point to the camp site, and it was 3:50. We needed to bike 5 miles in 15 minutes in order for us to make it to the camp site in time. We ended up getting to the camp site 5 minutes late but we were still able to check in. Once everyone arrived we unloaded the vans and set up our tents. We then received one of our two surprises of the day. It was Gio’s birthday and his mother traveled all the way to our camp site with various foods and drinks. We gathered around, sung happy birthday, and enjoyed the amazing food. After Gio’s mom left we got our second surprise. Our chaperones told us that we were going out to a restaurant. We enjoyed an amazing dinner and headed off to bed excited for another fun day tomorrow!
Day 3 Overview
By Shanneah Manchur '19
On Sunday June 2nd, the Seniors started our day enjoying breakfast at the local area. After getting breakfast we took the subway to the Highland and walked observing the modern buildings. We took time to journal to reflect on the buildings and each drew one of the structures. After exploring the Highland South, we went to a high class shopping mall where plenty of homemade food options were available. After enjoying lunch and a little bit of shopping, we headed towards the Museum of Natural History. Spending around two hours there exploring the many different floors. It was interesting how many similarities we found between the museum and our theses. There was a sections about the ocean, space, prehistoric life and so much more. After the museum the class walked through Central Park on the way back to the YMCA, where we got ready for the famous Broadway Musical, Mean Girls. After a fun day of exploring, learning, and laughing we went back to the hotel and went to sleep.
6/3/2019 – Day three was action packed, from Civil War battlefields to the Air and Space Museum ! Seventh Grade Gettysburg Museum By Dylan Curtis ’24 and Nathan Dalla Benetta ’24 When we arrived at the Gettysburg Museum, we were amazed at how big it was. We had the privilege of watchin…
6/3/2019 - Day three was action packed, from Civil War battlefields to the Air and Space Museum !
By Dylan Curtis '24 and Nathan Dalla Benetta '24
When we arrived at the Gettysburg Museum, we were amazed at how big it was. We had the privilege of watching a 20 minute mini-movie on the battle of Gettysburg which took place on June 1-3 1863. After the movie we saw a cyclorama which is a huge painting that is all around you. The painting was 377 feet long, and it had more than 3,000 soldiers painted on it. The painting was also created over 100 years ago!
There was a series of rooms with many artifacts about what happened at Gettysburg. They were in order, telling what happened when for both sides, and explained many military topics we did not know. There was even a signal flag game! We also spent a little time in the gift shop to shop for a souvenir!
Gettysburg Battlefield Tour
By Ian Pang '24 and Rebecca Burgos '24
Today we went to the Gettysburg Museum and Battlefield and explored for the whole day. My group was greeted by a friendly tour guide named Jack. He drove us around, showed us all the monuments, let us climb a watch tower, and brought us to Little Round Top for an amazing view of the battlefields around us. Today we had a great time and enjoyed this trip.
While in Gettysburg, we also had the splendid opportunity to take pictures of the monuments of historical figures such as Miss Louisiana, George Pickett, and more. We even got to visit Devil’s Den and see a great view of the battlefields. The day was long and hot, but quite worth while. We all had a marvelous time at Gettysburg, and I highly recommend it for future seventh graders.
Review of the Day
By Abby Verrengia '24
On our tour our guide was very informative. He was very friendly and was quite well-prepared for the job. There were many monuments and places to go and he seemed to know just about everything. The museum was very interesting as well. There were many exhibits with preserved historical artifacts. It was filled with interesting information and was overall, enlightening.
Museum of the Bible
By Anthony Reis '24
We went to the Museum of the Bible on Sunday. If I could say one thing, it would be that the museum really helped me fully understand what I believe. In the Museum there was a range of religious artifacts and incredible stories behind each one and how they came to be. There is one “must see” attraction that I highly suggest - an interactive Old Testament Movie that really embraces the story of the Bible. I enjoyed every minute of my experience.
Air & Space Museum
By AJ Hofeldt '24
When we went to the Air & Space Museum, we saw many things, including ballistic missiles, rockets, planes, telescopes, and much more. We were also able to see a movie on Apollo 11, which was very cool and gave some insight on what it was like to be an astronaut on that mission. It was a pretty big museum (obviously, since it held 300 foot rockets) and gave feelings of the accomplishment of humanity and the sense of how far human technology has come. It was a great place to learn about how our dreams to reach the stars were fulfilled, along with several others, like further research of the universe we inhabit.
By Hannah Gonzales '24
We went to the Botanic Gardens and it was amazing. There were so many different plants and flowers to see. I have never seen that many types of plants before. It was a great place to take pictures and appreciate God's beauty and creation. It was so cool to get up close to the plants and trees that were in the room. It was a blast!
Bucco Di Beppo (Sit Down Dinner)
By Adam Silva '24
The Bucco Di Beppo restaurant was where we ate last night. The food was good and we ate spaghetti, chicken parmesan and salad. At the end of the meal we all got chocolate chip cookies. The best part of the night was seeing everyone bonding and laughing with each other.
By Ava Grace Magnuson '24
Today we observed three memorials. The first one was the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the second was for FDR, and the third was the Jefferson memorial. The FDR memorial was very interesting even though we saw it in the dark. It was like a big maze with statues of FDR, and quotes by FDR. I am sure the whole class enjoyed seeing this monument.
By Savannah Ferreria '24
We went to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. It was so amazing to see the statue of him in person. Behind the rock, they had many quotes that he had said before he died. The statue was very inspirational and touching.
6/2/2019 – Day two of Academic Travel Week, Saturday, for our Rhetoric School students featured research boats, bicycles, canoes, and a glorious sunset at the Brooklyn Bridge! FRESHMEN Description By Rebecca Verrengia ‘22 Today we went on a boat in the Chincoteague Bay and took and ana…
6/2/2019 - Day two of Academic Travel Week, Saturday, for our Rhetoric School students featured research boats, bicycles, canoes, and a glorious sunset at the Brooklyn Bridge!
By Rebecca Verrengia ‘22
Today we went on a boat in the Chincoteague Bay and took and analyzed water samples to see if the water was healthy. Afterwards, we cast out a net off of the bow of the boat and caught fish, crabs, and other aquatic life. We brought them back to the field station to analyze later. After lunch, we went to the Intertidal Zone where we talked about the tides and the environments change during High and Low tide. We sifted the sand to see what organisms might be living in the midst of the sand. We also caught fish at the Intertidal Zone. Two people held up a net while the rest ran while linking arms, chasing the fish into the net. We didn’t catch much, but it was a cool experience. After dinner, we had a lecture about plankton and how they are very important to the ecosystem. We had the opportunity to examine them under microscopes and determine what type of plankton they were. We looked at all organisms we caught on the boat and in the Intertidal Zone. We identified the species using a field guide and talked about some of the animal behaviors and adaptations.
By Peace Olatunde ‘22
What a day! Today I honestly felt like I was in an episode of the television show Fear Factor. I was forced to do some things that I never would have chosen to do. On the way to our morning cruise, I promised myself that I would try and do something that I’ve never done before, so when the opportunity arose to help pull in the nets for the Otter troll, I immediately raised my hand. We pulled in all sorts of creatures, and while some people got to pick up crabs and fishes I found myself in a precarious moment getting to hold a baby slipper snail. To the eyes of another it was a small accomplishment but for me it was a giant leap. I found some beauty in Gods creation! Later in the day I had to overcome the biggest obstacle yet. As we trudged through the swampy sticky, muddy and smelly woods I was forced to find the joy in this scary situation. I was terrified seeing the crab bugs and assortment of other beetles that I had not seen before as well as having to wade in the muddy waters of the Chincoteague Bay. But as the day continued and my group waded farther into the water, during the sifting activity, it became more fun as I forgot about my fears and tried to enjoy the moment.
Today I learned that everything is what you make it to be. When we worked together and tried to just get the job done time went by faster. Even in a gross and sticky situation when you turn to God and remember his creation you can find beauty in it. As I walked through the muddy waters and dry grass I remembered the psalm that I read in the van in our packet from Mr. Lawrenz and it brought me some peace. I surprisingly look forward to the mud marsh tomorrow and will challenge myself to go full send! 🙂 I also appreciated my wonderful friends that made fun of me as I screamed as well as holding my hand. I look forward to more bonding with my classmates!
By Cora Kenis ’22
After we had all returned from the intertidal zone, we were observing the organisms that we had caught there and from the pontoon boat cruise. It was amazing to see these creatures up close and to learn about each one. It really makes you think about how God made each one unique and for a reason. Seeing how strange and bizarre they can be is just so wonderful. And of course we all had just as much fun catching them as observing them.
By Rilee Smith ‘21 and Gaby Perdomo ‘21
The bike tour was a way for us to grasp information from history and have fun at the same time! We got to see the City of Quebec for all its beauty; we got the chance to view the beautiful river that surrounds the city and got to embrace the culture of Quebec. We also got to see the place where a battle was fought with mighty men from Quebec who stood their ground against North America. Another interesting sight we got to see was the mural of Quebec that embraced the influence of French painting. Biking is a way to experience new things and explore the city around you!
Musee De Civilisation
By Meghan MacBeath ‘21 and Glorious Maina ’21
Today we visited the Musee De Civilisation. First we went through an exhibit called “People of Quebec, Then and Now,” where we saw various artifacts and items from the daily life of Quebec people, starting from when the French first came and met the natives up through modern-day Quebec culture. We learned about how the Quebec people are trying to keep their own unique culture in a world of mass production. We all sketched various artifacts from the exhibit. Then we were given the opportunity to explore other exhibits in the museum. One exhibit was very fun and interactive, and another one was highlighting the indigenous people of Quebec.
Dinner at St. Hubert’s
By Jordan Plosker ‘21, Jacob Enfield ‘21, and Jimmy Yan ‘21
Tonight we went to dinner at St. Huberts. Mr. Wegrzyn compared it to the T.G.I. Fridays of Canada. This restaurant was famous for their rotisserie chicken and poutine. From what we heard both were extraordinary. I myself tried pori-pori rotisserie chicken, it was very good. What made it pori-pori was the spicy sauce that they gave me on the side. One thing that we talked about at our table was, do you want to be famous, and if so, what would you be famous for. One interesting answer to that was, that one of our friends wanted to be famous for being an artist. Their reasoning was that they did not want to be followed around while they were alive. Another student offered a different perspective, saying they would not ever like to be famous. This dinner, and the engaging topic of conversation, was one for the books and will be remembered by all.
Concert at St. Dominique, Choeur de la Colline
By Lilah Ma ‘21 and Maddie McNeilly ’21
After dinner, we went to a concert at the St. Dominique Church. The music was so beautiful and the choir was so talented. During this concert, we saw how music can communicate beauty. One song in particular was about the stars. They used chimes to communicate that beauty. Another song was about the northern lights and it used percussion to portray this beauty. There are many benefits to listening to music that you do not normally listen to because you can get a better understanding of different culture’s ways of expressing themselves, through music.
Day 2 Overview
By Anna Decotis ’20
Waking up to the sound of chirping birds in the woods is nothing compared to waking up to Mr. McShane singing “Por Ti Volare” by Andrea Bocelli. After this fantastic wake up call, we packed up our belongings and tents and began to make our breakfast: oatmeal. Finishing up our oatmeal, we de-briefed our day and headed down to the beach to begin our canoe trip down the Saco River. We paired up in groups of two, and for some of our group, this was their first time canoeing! Another meaningful milestone of the trip! With Mr. McShane and Mr. Hoover leading the way, we embarked down the river in a single-file line. After we were half way through our journey, we pulled over to a small beach and took a break. Some of us played frisbee, with Mr. McShane and Mr.Hoover captaining two different teams. Somehow the varsity ultimate frisbee coach’s team was CRUSHED by the band of misfits that composed the other team. Others built sandcastles and (the brave ones of the group) went swimming in the chilly water. Splashing and snacking, we went back into our canoes and continued our way down the river to another beach where we had our lunch of sandwiches. Lunch ended quickly and we returned back to the water, where we at first held onto each other’s canoes and floated down the river as a giant raft. Breaking off from this formation, we raced each other to the end of our excursion. However, a certain classmate lost his paddle in shallow water but luckily was able to retrieve it (take a guess who it was). Finally, we arrived at the end of our journey, where we pulled our canoes up to the landing point where Mr. Saulnier graciously met us with the support vehicle. After our amazing canoe trip came the most exciting part: a four hour car ride to our hotel in Western Mass where we would depart on our biking expedition tomorrow. Filled with naps, podcasts, and talks about Ms. Joseph’s wedding plans, we pulled into our hotel parking lot at 6:30 and ate as much pizza as we were able to. Our junior class is incredibly excited about what this trip will hold in the next three days and are so blessed to be able to have these experiences in Ella’s name!
Day 2 Overview
By Jacob Sims ’19
Our first full day in NYC was full of reflection. After breakfast, we took the subway to the 9/11 museum. I have never experienced a more silent part of a city, as everyone at the memorial was solemnly remembering the terrible tragedy. Although it was difficult to walk through, the museum was an important reminder of our nation’s past.
After the 9/11 memorial, we walked to Hudson Eats, a fancy food court near the World Trade Center. Then, we walked to the Tenement Museum, where impoverished immigrants once lived. We split up into two groups to go on two separate tours, one about an Irish immigrant family that lived in a mostly German tenement building in the 19th century, and another about two different families in the building and all the difficulties they experienced. Our class was fascinated by the tours, and our eyes were again opened to an important part of the history of our nation.
Next we ate dinner at Grimaldi’s, a famous brick oven pizza restaurant, and then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to our hotel. Overall, Saturday was a great experience for everyone in our class, and we all grew closer and enjoyed our time together in NYC.
6/2/2019 – Day two of Academic Travel Week, Saturday, brought lots of new experiences for our Logic School students! Seventh Grade Amish Tour By Alex Zessis ’24 Going into the Amish tour, I really thought it wouldn’t be that fun, and I admit I was very wrong. I found the Amish to be very…
6/2/2019 - Day two of Academic Travel Week, Saturday, brought lots of new experiences for our Logic School students!
By Alex Zessis '24
Going into the Amish tour, I really thought it wouldn't be that fun, and I admit I was very wrong. I found the Amish to be very interesting people and I found myself paying more and more attention to what our tour guide was saying. The school system and common things to do were interesting and I really ended up enjoying the trip and my advanced perspective on the Amish.
Sight and Sound Production
By Liza Minogue ’24 and Lila Kenis '24
As it said in the playbook, “It wasn't just the story of Jesus’ life, it was the story of Jesus’ love, which we believe, is life.” Every detail was perfect, bringing the play to life. We sat in the best seats in the house, which was the front row on the balcony. It was truly breathtaking to experience something as real and incredible as this. It displayed to us all how moving the story of Jesus really is.
When we first walked in you could spell delicious glazed almonds. Then as we walked farther in we went down some steep steps to the best seats in the house. We waited for about five minutes and then the lights turned off and the play started. The opening part of the show was so intriguing and it actually looked like the boats were floating on water. The pieces of the set moved so smoothly that it felt like we were actually there. The acting was amazing - the actors are so talented - and their voices sounded great when they sang. I am so grateful that we had the chance to go to this production!
Review of Saturday
By Olivia Pintone ’24 and Solomon Ngethe '24
Today we had such an amazing day! First, we went to a breakfast buffet. Then, we had devotion time and got to pray for each other, it was very comforting. After that, we got to take a tour of Amish country, and go to some of their shops, it was incredible and we learned so much stuff! At about 1 o’clock we had lunch at Chick-Fil-A before going to the production of “Jesus”.
After the production, we ate pizza down by the pool. Later, we went to Friendly’s where it gave us some time to bond with our classmates while enjoying some ice cream. Finally, we went to our hotel rooms and chilled out until lights out. Today was such an amazingly fun experience.
Arlington National Cemetery
By Matt Dunn ‘23
At Arlington, we took a tram through the cemetery. One of the employees told us about what we were seeing. It was very interesting to learn about all of the important people that are buried at Arlington. We got off of the tram and went up to John F. Kennedy’s grave. It was really nice and peaceful there. After that, we took the tram to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and we saw the Changing of the Guard ceremony. It was silent and very calm there. After that, we took the tram out of the cemetery. It was really interesting and I loved it.
Changing of the Guard
By Jude Miller ‘23
The ceremony was very interesting. We saw a guard stiffly walk back and forth in front of a huge stone tomb. His steps were synced up and exact. This especially impressed me when the two additional guards came out and remained in step as they completed the changing ceremony. The turns and heel clicks were perfectly timed and their movements were identical. After the rifle was checked, and the guards walked back and forth across the tomb a couple of times, the previous guard left and the ceremony was over.
By Lisa Chen ‘23
The Lincoln Memorial is a solemn, elegant structure dedicated to our 16th president. Lincoln’s statue towers over everyone. Our class had fun finding the misspelled “future” in the president’s 2nd inaugural address. On the steps of the memorial., you can find the exact spot where MLK made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. We had fun standing directly where MLK stood, and imagining the entire mall filled with people. In the end, the Lincoln Memorial pays tribute to the Gettysburg Address President in the most beautiful way.
By Danni Lynn ‘23
The Vietnam Memorial felt very sad and quiet. We saw many veterans that survived at the memorial. It also made some people, including me, very sad because my great-grandpa survived the war. But, what if his friends didn’t survive? The shape of the memorial looked like a knife wound. This memorial was very solemn and sad.
By Riley Freedman ‘23
The World War II Memorial was a somber yet celebratory monument dedicated to devastating bloodshed. We were excited to find the name of our beloved home-state and eagerly take a picture with it. Some of us even got to dip our feet into the cool, flowing pool in the middle of the Memorial and watch the fountains continuous spray of water. From the eagles holding up wreaths, to the hidden “Kilroy was here” engravings, the memorial celebrates a success rather than a loss.
By Sydney Plosker ‘23
The Holocaust Museum was a hard museum to go through. It was very sad to see how the Jews were treated by the Germans. I loved how they displayed the museum and how they showed the historic items. It was horrific when we came upon the prison camp section. This section really showed us how horribly the Jews were treated. Though this was a difficult museum, I enjoyed learning about the world's most biggest piece of history. It should remind us all of how grateful we should be because we have freedom and are not persecuted for our ethnic background.
DC United Soccer Game
By Riyan Goel ‘23
The soccer game was a blast. Many lost their voices screaming at the players and the referees. We sat far enough to see the whole field and enjoyed every part of the game. At one point the players almost got into a fight which made everyone excited. We all laughed with friends and had an eventful night.
6/1/2019 – Our Rhetoric School students got off to a great start on Friday. Freshmen made a long van ride south to Chincoteague Bay, while Sophomores made their way north to Quebec City. Juniors started their “hard thing” trip with a vigorous hike and Seniors left early to travel by train to the…
6/1/2019 - Our Rhetoric School students got off to a great start on Friday. Freshmen made a long van ride south to Chincoteague Bay, while Sophomores made their way north to Quebec City. Juniors started their "hard thing" trip with a vigorous hike and Seniors left early to travel by train to the Big Apple. Read on to learn about all their first day adventures.
Description by Daniel Chewning '22
Today we started our journey at 5 AM. After a short 9 hours of driving, we arrived at Chincoteague Bay Field Station. After our arrival, we played a variety of field games including soccer, frisbee, and wiffle ball in a field out in front of our dorms. We then ate dinner, and were introduced to our field guide, Paige, who gave us a lecture on the field station and what kind of activities we can expect over the next few days. Overall, today was a fun day and we are all super excited to participate in the activities provided by Chincoteague Bay Field Station.
Reflection by Hannah Yen '22
We arrived at the school bright and early, excited yet half-asleep. When we got into our vans, we were ready to have a fun and bonding road trip. To our great happiness, we truly had a pretty great road trip and jammed to throwback songs. Those were the moments when I truly appreciated the craziness of my classmates. When we got to Chincoteague Bay Field Station, we were intrigued at what the rest of the day would hold. It held a lot of eating, down time, and lectures. Reflecting on today, we didn’t get to do many activities since it’s our first day, but I think it was an unforgettable experience to simply just spend time with classmates. I am so excited to see what this trip has in store for us!
Shopping in Petit Champlain
by Katie Crowley '21 and Hannah Goncalves '21
Petit Champlain is like the “Faneuil Hall” of Quebec. The roads are made of cobblestone and it had string lights hanging from shop to shop. They had a variety of different stores, each one with a unique look. Many stores sold souvenirs with sweatshirts and mugs. Also a majority of the stores sold Maple Syrup. There were also stores that sold products that we see in the states like Jansport backpacks.
Dinner Discussion at Cochon Dingue
by Nathan Sirois '21 and David Ngethe '21
For dinner on the first night we went to a delicious French restaurant in the section of Quebec where the common people used to live. For dinner we had some very special options of food to try, one especially strange thing was calf liver covered in onions and bacon. During dinner we had group discussions about our lives that were really unique. From these questions came intellectual conversations we had with one another. Rather than casual small talk, our conversations with one another had real meaning. By the end of our dinner, everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we are all excited in anticipation for our bike tour through Quebec tomorrow.
Day One Overview
by Rachel Nelson '20
The first day of our Junior trip went well! We had a two and a half hour drive to the campsite, where we set up our tents and swatted away the mosquitoes. After getting settled, we set out to climb Mount Tom, a hike that was harder than we anticipated. We ate Nutella, almond butter, and jelly sandwiches for lunch at the top of the mountain, overlooking a beautiful view of the mountains. Once we came back to camp, we had time to relax and play card games, swing on the hammock, and toss a frisbee. We all chipped in making burritos for dinner. Students helped boil rice, cut peppers, and cook black beans and chicken. Once cleaned up, we had the opportunity to walk down to the Sacco River, which our camp overlooked. We skipped rocks and tossed a frisbee. Today was a great experience for us who have not camped before. We learned camp etiquette and how to “lessen our footprint.” We can’t wait to canoe tomorrow!
Day One Overview
by Zoe Goodwin '19
5:30 am in the morning is too early for anything. The train ride was full of bad jokes, and silly pranks. The condoctor allowed Thomas Mrock to make an all-train announcement about our arrival time into New York City! The city was hot and sunny, and we were all happy to get to the YMCA to change. The boat tour was full of beautiful views, although some of us may have been nodded off for a minutes or two. We walked around and went to Times Square for shopping, then finished the day out with a tram ride and ice cream.
There were a lot of laughs and interesting experiences. There were places all over to fangirl/fanboy, and the food was really good, albeit expensive. The island had a gorgeous view of the river, and though there was goose poop everywhere, we ended up having a great time in the RI sign by climbing all over it. The hostel isn’t a bad place to stay either, and according to most people, the showers aren’t that gross! Overall, it was a pretty good first day, and we’re all looking forward to the rest of the trip.
6/1/2019 – Day one of Academic Travel Week for our Logic School students included a long driving day for our seventh graders, with a fascinating stop at a cave, and a flight to Washington, D.C. for or eighth graders where they hit the ground running! Seventh Grade The Van ride to Pennsylvan…
6/1/2019 - Day one of Academic Travel Week for our Logic School students included a long driving day for our seventh graders, with a fascinating stop at a cave, and a flight to Washington, D.C. for or eighth graders where they hit the ground running!
The Van ride to Pennsylvania
by Ariel Mauro '24
We arrived at CCA and we were ready to go on the trip we would always remember. The riding was about 6 hours long but it was divided into three stops. The first ride was a chance to wake up since it was early in the morning. Some people slept and others sat quietly in their seats. The first stop was a bathroom break, and the second was a lunch break. By lunch we were definitely awake! For the rest of the ride we talked and played games together. When we arrived at our final destination, satisfaction overcame us. The ride was great and the events ahead of the ride will be even greater.
The Cave Visit
by Willem Hofeldt '24 & Tim Soria '24
The cave visit was a unique experience. First, the smell of the cave was either salty because of the minerals in the evaporated water, or it was odorless. The biggest room was very big, enough to fit more than 100 people with space to save. The overhead bridges above the passages were wet, letting water fall onto fellow tourists. There was a folk tale about one section and a real tale on a different area. The cave was mostly passages, where we stopped to learn the history of the ancient walls created hundreds of millions of years ago. It was very deep, with graffiti of explorers in the earlier years. One man attempted to live in these caves, but he ultimately failed because he made a fire, and the caves didn’t let the smoke escape, likely giving him lung cancer and death. Finally, there were many types of rocks, like stalagmites and tites, and “snow rock” that looked like a melted slushy.
When we first arrived at the caves, we were greeted by our tour guide who was very nice. After we descended the 71 stairs to the caves, we entered. Upon entry, we saw a sign on the wall that read, “When at Lebanon, eat pretzels.” This was written by a baker in Lebanon who was touring the cave. His business did eventually go out of business...probably because he was doing all his advertising on cave walls. Farther down into the cave, we learned that some of the water that falls into the cave is 100% pure and has tons of calcium and iron.
by Ava Anastasi '23
Our journey began today at the airport, where we had the benefit of going to the Admiral’s Club before our flight. The Admiral’s Club is a lounge with a variety of food and views of the planes taking off. It is typically reserved for high class travelers, but we got to go thanks to Mrs. Proffitt and her husband’s position in the commercial air business. Everyone was tired (because we got to the airport very early) but thrilled at the opportunity to enjoy a well-balanced breakfast before our flight. The duration of the flight was a little more than an hour, and we arrived in D.C. at precisely 9:11 A.M.
First Impressions of D.C.
by Sibylle Xizhe '23 and Stella Leras '23
Upon our arrival to Washington D.C., we were eagerly greeted to the District of Columbia’s widespread metro system. Excited, we were introduced to our travel group system as well. We also sharpened our escalator-riding skills and travel-group gathering skills. We were quickly enthralled with the clean streets and quaint cobblestone roads in the city. As the hot sun beat down on us, we slowly exhausted ourselves, despite the relatively low humidity and gentle breezes. As our journey continued, we took rest and respite where we could find it, in the form of ice cream and relaxing under shady trees. By the end of the day, we desperately yearned for our lavishly decorated, plush hotel rooms.
American History Museum
by Landon Gallant
Our first museum that we visited was the Museum of American History. This Museum was full of all subjects imaginable, from that First Lady’s dresses to the history of Comics. We walked around in our travel groups, and my group (with Mrs. Proffit) first visited the history of trains, cars, and boats. Then we moved on to the American Military History section, which I think was the most interesting, because most of my family was in the military. From the military section we moved on to the First Lady’s of the White House, and saw the Inaugural Dress gowns and White House china. Lastly, we went to the museum gift shop, where we bought water and tiny little toy souvenirs as a way to always remember this museum.
Natural History Museum
by Ezra Kline '23
At the Natural History Museum we saw lots of sections including the aquatic animals and all the mammals. What I really liked was the giant shark’s jaw that was even bigger than me. Finally we went to a room called Q?rius where we got to use microscopes to see animal bones close up.
by Julia Kruze '23
The hotel we are staying at is extremely nice. The rooms are comfortable and have lots of room for everyone. The inside of the hotel is really interesting and has a whole open section where you can see all the way down to the lobby and to the top. We arrived at our rooms later in the evening, we got set up and we unpacked. Later we ordered pizza and had a fun time hanging out in the lobby and swimming in the pool.