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TC Juniors and Seniors experience Washington, D.C.

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:42 AM by TC Administrator
At 2:30 A.M. on Friday, March 16, 78 Tri-Center students and teachers boarded buses for Omaha Eppley Airport en route to Washington D.C. After a layover in St. Louis, the group arrived in Washington D.C. and started heading towards George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. When finished touring Washington’s mansion and surrounding plantation, the group boarded the buses to drive back to Washington D.C. for supper and to stop at the Pentagon to visit the September 11th Memorial. The group was then ready to get to the hotel for some rest after a long but fun day.

Day two started with a tour of the National Cathedral. The Cathedral is an impressive piece of architecture and a beautiful structure.  Other stops on the day included: the Library of Congress, the Capitol building, the Einstein Memorial, and the Vietnam Wall Memorial.  It was then time to eat again.  The group did eat extremely well during their stay in Washington D.C. Senior Jakob Orel commented, “I was never hungry.” The final sites for the day were the Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial.

The tour guides, Dante and George, were both fantastic.  They were informational, fun, and worked great with the students. Senior Nate Bolte asked one morning, “Dante, what did you have for breakfast?” Dante replied, “I think you mean breakfasts!”  Dante likes to eat.

On Sunday, day three, the group was able to get some pictures in front of the White House and see one of the longest continuous protests in American history. Concepcion Picciott started her protesting of nuclear war and war in 1981.  She died in 2016, but volunteers have continued her cause.  Additional stops were Ford’s Theater (where President Lincoln was assassinated), and the Holocaust Museum. The group then had the opportunity to explore the various Smithsonian Museums which surround the National Mall. Junior Lilly Dahir commented, “I couldn’t imagine a better way to learn about history while spending time with friends.”  After eating at Hard Rock Cafe, the group then did an evening tour around the Tidal Basin, which included the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.  This is a beautiful area in the evening as the sun is going down and reflecting on the water.

The final day started by touring Arlington National Cemetery and seeing the changing of the guards' ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown. The final day sites also included: the Iwo Jima Memorial, the pandas at the National Zoo, the World War II Memorial, the National Archives, and the National Gallery. “It’s unreal to see all of the memorials and buildings you’ve only ever seen on TV or in pictures,” said junior Jordan Ring.

Of course, most vacations have a couple mishaps. At the hotel on the first night, the fire alarm went off three times. Other than interrupted sleep, the group was never in danger.

The Tri-Center Community should be proud of how the juniors and seniors represented T-C while on the trip. For many, this will be a once in a lifetime trip. Junior Paul Eikenberry summed it up well, “Washington D.C. was a beautiful place, and every American citizen should experience a visit there.”