It's no doubt that eighth grade is an exciting year for our students. The final year of middle school is memorable for many reasons but the one or students most look forward to is the traditional East Coast Trip.
Over the spring break our 2018-2019 8th-grade class said goodbye to their families and headed to the East Coast for 8 days of adventure. Our students, along with their chaperones Dean Dan, Dr. Derzakarian, Miss Armani, and Coach Rodney were off to explore Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City!
In these three cities, our 8th graders found their history books come to life!
The first stop on the trip was Washington DC. For many of our students, this was their first trip to our nation's capital. They were taken on a tour of all the most famous memorials such as the Lincoln Memorial, the MLK Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Washington Monument and more. Our eighth graders also had the opportunity to explore Mount Vernon, the historic home of President George Washington and his wife Martha Washington. Another meaningful moment from their time in DC was our eighth graders’ visit to Arlington Cemetery where they witnessed the changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Of course, no trip to Washington DC is complete without a stop at the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol Building. This year we are very proud of our students for joining a candlelight vigil in front of the White House in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
The next stop on the trip was Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! In Philadelphia, our students were able to see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The place where the Declaration of Independence was signed is one of the most historic and important sights in our country. Next, our students had fun running up the iconic Rocky Steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and giving us their best Rocky victory poses! Of course, it's not a trip to Philadelphia without having a Philly cheesesteak, so our 8th graders and their chaperones stopped at Sonny’s Famous CheeseSteaks for a delicious lunch!
Last but not least was the Big Apple! Our eighth graders had a great time exploring Times Square, Grand Central Station, and Central Park. Our students even got to go on a Hudson River Dinner Cruise sailing past the Statue of Liberty. The fun didn’t stop there, as our students enjoyed watching Aladdin on Broadway and taking in the views at the One World Observatory on top of Freedom Tower. New York City is more than just its shimmering lights, however. The eighth graders paid their respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial and took a tour of the United Nations building where countries from around the world work together to promote global peace and security.
Finally, after a week of exploring, learning, and making memories with friends, it was time to pack up and head back to the West Coast. We are certain that our students will remember this trip for many years to come and we are proud to be able to offer opportunities such as this to our students. Thank you to our chaperones Dean Dan, Dr. Derzakarian, Miss Armani, and Coach Rodney for making the trip with our eighth graders and ensuring that they were safe and happy throughout!