On November 4 through the 8, a group of AP and IB history students traveled to Washington D.C.
They toured places like Monticello, Gettysburg, the Capitol Building, and many more.
Katie Wilson, a teacher chaperone, talks about her favorite part of the trip,”It was really interesting to see Gettysburg and when we toured the battlefield. Our tour guide told us about other aspects besides just how many soldiers were there.”
Michelle Erickson, another teacher chaperone, explained one of her favorite things to go see, “Meeting the librarian for the library of congress was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. She was the first female, african-american person for the library of congress. It shows the progress we have made through history. Also, her description of her appointment was kind of refreshing because of how passionately she wanted to be innovative and just help other people.”
One of the places the trip participants got to tour was the Vietnam museum.
Victoria Luke, sophomore, shares how that experience impacted her, “We took cards with us and colored on them because there were indents in the wall with men’s names on it. There were ordinary names like Owen, Wyatt, and Edwin. I thought about how moms pick out names for their kids and they take of them; they have dreams of what their children will accomplish but these men just grew up and died. There were 58,000 names on that wall and we were there for an hour and didn’t even get halfway through it.”
According to teachers, the IB trip serves as a unique learning experience for students.
Johanna Woelfel, a teacher chaperone, explains the benefit for the students, “It showed students the coverage of the birth of America and the conflicts that allowed into evolve. They were well explained, we had perspectives we would have never had. Following the birth of the nation chronically from Jamestown, and Williamsburg to Yorktown and to Gettysburg then to the monuments showed the timeline of America. It really gave them a sense of how much happened.”
Sheila Sloan, a teacher chaperone, describes, “Students were able to make a connection to what they are learning at school and those places they have heard of, like Monticello. It gives a better understanding of people like Thomas Jefferson of who they were, how they operated, and their daily lives.”
The last day of this memorable trip was spent walking around the hub, Washington D.C. on election day.
Wilson stated, “It was surprisingly very quiet. It was eerily quiet. There really weren’t that many protesters either, there were only a few political signs. It was like a normal day there with tourists everywhere looking at the monuments.”
“I was kind of nervous at first because I knew that whoever won the election, people were going to be angry. We left the day before the riots and protests started. It was a pretty close call.” said sophomore Grace Gonzalez about the experience of election day in the capital.
This trip, planned perfectly for the political games offered by the 2016 election year, is one of many in the long line of successful IB trips in recent memory.
Information on the IB trips is offered to IB and AP students by Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Sloan for those interested in next years extended field trip.