GENEVA — On March 17, 27 Geneva High School Advanced Placement Government and AP History students will be traveling to Washington D.C. to explore the Nation’s Capital.
David Yost, the GHS government teacher who planned the trip, said he believes the students should be rewarded for their hard work and accomplishments.
“The trip would be a valuable, enriching experience for the hardest working and highest achieving students in our school,” Yost said.
The trip will not only serve as a reward, but also a valuable learning experience, said AP History teacher Justin Cafaro.
“The trip is a good opportunity for young people to better understand the political process,” he said.
For many of the students attending, this will be their first time in the Nation’s Capital.
“For my first time to D.C., I think it will be awesome to see all the buildings and national monuments,” said Kaylee Thomas, a junior attending the trip. The trip itinerary includes visits to the Smithsonian Museum, The Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and a tour of the national monuments.
“I am most excited to see the Smithsonian Museum and also learn about the less recognized history that will be contained in the Holocaust Museum,” said senior Ethan Sears.
Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Ohio Congressman David Joyce, which will “allow the students to learn how the government and Congress actually function,” said Yost.
Students said they are also interested to learn more about Congress and its role in the government.
“I am interested in finding out what Congressman David Joyce enjoys the most about his job and what it entails,” said senior Sydney Vanhoy.
To finance the trip, AP History and AP Government students have been fundraising for the trip since last school year by selling T-shirts and Malley’s chocolate bars. The money raised was not able to cover all of the trip expenses.
“The process of fundraising is not simple, and with so many fundraisers happening at the same time, it is harder to raise the needed money,” said Yost. Students were responsible for paying the portion of the trip not covered by the fundraising.
The excitement is building for both the staff and students attending.
“I am really excited for the students to be able to see history come to life and have their eyes opened to different experiences,” said Spanish teacher Amy Durkovic, a chaperone for the trip.
Vanhoy said, “It’s a very good experience, and everyone should have the opportunity to go on a trip like this.”